Doing one’s Best!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam, Assalamu Alaikum. Alhamdulillah this is the third part on the series: Beyond Excellence: The Making of a Muhsin.
Do Your Best
When Allah is so good and gracious to us, should we not be good to Him, and consequently be good to ourselves and to others? If we are not good and true to Allah then we will be guilty of being ungrateful to Him. As Allah reveals in the Qur’an:
يَا أَيُّهَا الإنْسَانُ مَا غَرَّكَ بِرَبِّكَ الْكَرِيمِ
الَّذِي خَلَقَكَ فَسَوَّاكَ فَعَدَلَكَ
“O man! What has seduced you from your Lord Most Beneficent? – Him Who created you, fashioned you in due proportion, and gave you a just bias?” (82: 6, 7)
Justice and reason demand that man should do good in the cause of Allah, as Allah has been good in the cause of humanity. The Qur’an says:
وَأَحْسِنْ كَمَا أَحْسَنَ اللَّهُ إِلَيْكَ
“…do good as Allah has been good to you…” (28: 77)
وَأَحْسِنُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ
“And do good, truly Allah loves the good doers” (2:195)
One should not be under the illusion that by being or doing good, one is doing a favour unto Allah or His Messenger, Muhammad (Peace be upon him). It is only for one’s own good, one is asked to do good.
إِنْ أَحْسَنْتُمْ أَحْسَنْتُمْ لِأَنْفُسِكُمْ
“If you do good, you do good for your own selves….” (17:7)
He who gratefully acknowledges the favours and bounties of Allah by submitting his whole self to the will of Allah in fact grasps that firmest hand-hold which is never to be broken.
وَمَنْ يُسْلِمْ وَجْهَهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَهُوَ مُحْسِنٌ فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَىٰ
“Whoever submits his whole self to Allah, and is a Muhsin (doer of good), has grasped indeed the firmest hand-hold: and to Allah shall all things return” (31:22)
MOTIVATION TO DO GOOD
While enjoining Muslims to do good deeds, Islam also encourages and motivates them to do so.
مَنْ جَاءَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ فَلَهُ عَشْرُ أَمْثَالِهَا وَمَنْ جَاءَ بِالسَّيِّئَةِ فَلا يُجْزَى إِلا مِثْلَهَا وَهُمْ لا يُظْلَمُونَ
“He that does good shall have ten times as much to his credit: He that does evil shall only be recompensed according to his evil: No wrong shall be done unto (any of) them” (6:160)
Narrated by Abu Huraira (R A) who said that the Messenger of Allah said, “When any one of you adorns his Islam, then whatever good act he does, he is rewarded ten to seven hundred times of it, but if he does anything evil, just that much is recorded against him”.
This narration clearly says that he who beautifies his faith and Islamic belief by doing good deeds; the worth of the reward is greatly enhanced.
The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said:
“The most weighty (heavy) thing that would be put in the scale of a believer on the Day of Judgement would be his good manners and Allah very much dislikes the man who used obscene language and was abusive” (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood)
Even Recommendations Count!
A person who motivates others to do good things and recommends for a good cause will have his share of reward.
مَّن يَشْفَعْ شَفَاعَةً حَسَنَةً يَكُن لَّهُ نَصِيبٌ مِّنْهَا وَمَن يَشْفَعْ شَفَاعَةً سَيِّئَةً يَكُن لَّهُ كِفْلٌ مِّنْهَا
“Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein: and whoever recommends and helps an evil cause, shares in its burden” (4:85)
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