Only those deeds have been discussed here that do not involve any significant labour or difficulty but earn much merit and reward. The purpose is to awaken in the hearts of the readers the urge to follow and observe them and increase their store of goodness for the Afterlife. However, it is necessary to remember the following points when reading this book:
1. Since this booklet deals with only those good deeds that are easy to perform without much labour or hardship and one can start performing them immediately, there is no mention of those acts and actions which are unavoidably enjoined and prescribed. Hence it should be remembered that din (i.e. faith) is not confined to the deeds mentioned here. The commandments of faith embrace all aspects of life and it is incumbent upon every Muslim to carry out all prescribed acts and to desist from sinning.
This book has two purposes: Firstly it is to urge those who already carry out the prescribed duties to add those easy-to-perform actions in their repertoire of good deeds and thus enhance the positive value of their roster of deeds. The second purpose is to attract those who, believing the commands of the faith are too difficult to observe, have deviated from it, and to gradually persuade them to do easy-to-perform deeds which lead them at once to the portals of faith. It is hoped that if they start performing those easy deeds, there shall gradually awaken in their hearts the urge to observe all the commandments of the faith and they shall one day easily embrace a wholly religious way of life.
2. The second point to be understood is that, ahadith (saying of our eternally blessed Prophet) have been quoted in this book, which promise Divine forgiveness for some very simple actions. However it must be remembered, when reading these ahadith that the sins which are automatically pardoned by good deeds are minor sins only: major sins require formal repentance and forswearing. The Holy Qur’an says : If you avoid the major sins you are prohibited to perform, We shall atone your minor vices.
Similarly, sins relating to the human rights are not pardoned until and unless the right due to the aggrieved is restored to him or her, or the aggrieved person forgives the wrongdoer. Thus the mention of sins pardoned by simple good deeds should not delude the reader into believing that whatever sins big or small he commits he would be receiving Divine pardon by virtue of these good deeds.
One should keep in mind the environment in which the eternally blessed Prophet Muhammad spoke of Divine pardon for good deeds:
The conditions then were such that it was difficult to imagine a mu’min (a believer) committing a major sin and not repenting for it. In those days most sins were minor and thus only those sins were mentioned, while the Seriousness and heinousness of major sins and the importance of penitence and penance remain.
3. Keeping in mind the above mentioned two points, one must not forget the following saying of our eternally blessed Prophet: Never take any -good deed as humble.
Hence one must never be deluded into believing that if we are unable to do big deeds. How can small relatively insignificant deeds lead to our salvation? A good deed is never insignificant and so no opportunity of doing good should be let pass, as it is entirely possible that good deed may be rewarded by Divine ‘pleasure and our whole life may change. This book, if read with those points in mind, shall be useful. May Allah reward this humble effort and may He grant us the good fortune to do good deeds. Ameen.