Good deeds control of worldly desires

Rewards for Good Deeds

Allah has made many good deeds for us, acts of worship and kindness towards others, which are easy to do and are greatly rewarded. These deeds might appear small in the sight of people but they can become as heavy as mountains on the scale of good on the Day of Resurrection. Every good word, beautiful deed and perfect morals towards relatives and strangers. We should become familiar with them so we can practice them daily and thereby earn their blessings. Allah says:

إِلَّا مَن تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا فَأُولَٰئِكَ يُبَدِّلُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ حَسَنَاتٍ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا

“Except (he) who repents and believes and does righteous deeds, then (for) those Allah will replace their evil deeds (with) good ones. And is Allah Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surah Al-Furqan 25:70)

Having good character and performing good deeds is very important in religion Islam that every Muslim must perform for pleasing Almighty Allah. Perhaps the easiest deeds for us to do are to fill our days with supplications, praising and glorifying Allah morning and night. Allah says:

مَنْ جَاءَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ فَلَهُ خَيْرٌ مِنْهَا وَمَنْ جَاءَ بِالسَّيِّئَةِ فَلَا يُجْزَى الَّذِينَ عَمِلُوا السَّيِّئَاتِ إِلَّا مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ.

”Whoever brings good, he shall have better than it, and whoever brings evil, those who do evil shall not be rewarded (for) aught except what they did.” (Surah Qasas 27:84)

Islam is a great proponent of people making the lives of each other easier. It commands its followers to work towards making the life of other people easier.  Muslims are bonded together by not only the good deeds of Charity but also the economic stability that flows through society with the distribution of wealth.

Here are some deeds with huge rewards:

  1. A good deed is always thanking Allah for everything
  2. A good deed is attending lectures in the Masjid
  3. A good deed is asked for Allah’s forgiveness 
  4. A good deed is thought of as something well
  5. A good deed is glorifying and Praising Allah
  6. A good deed is to teach an elderly person
  7. A good deed is to define your success
  8. A good deed is a remembrance of Allah
  9. A good deed is breaking of the fast
  10. A good deed is Istighfar to yourself
  11. A good deed is to show the effort
  12. A good deed is Visiting the Sick
  13. A good deed is providing food
  14. A good deed is to set goals 
  15. A good deed is Pray  regular
  16. A good deed is reciting tasbeeh
  17. A good deed is to find inspiration
  18. A good deed is to find motivation
  19. A good deed is done the homeless
  20. A good deed is don’t procrastinate
  21. A good deed is given thanks to Allah
  22. A good deed is asking Allah to forgive 
  23. A good deed is to help a friend in need
  24. A good deed is to create habits of goals
  25. A good deed does not take the task lightly
  26. A good meet your brother with a happy face
  27. A good entering one house greet with salaam

Muslims are instructed by Allah to try to give Charity for His sake and spread generosity in society. Therefore, the committing of good deeds actually stands for a person making his or her life better and it also helps Muslims to become closer to Allah. Allah says:

وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ طَرَفَيِ النَّهَارِ وَزُلَفًا مِّنَ اللَّيْلِ إِنَّ الْحَسَنَاتِ يُذْهِبْنَ السَّيِّئَاتِ ذَٰلِكَ ذِكْرَىٰ لِلذَّاكِرِينَ

“And establish the prayer (at the) two ends (of) the day and (at) the approach of the night. Indeed, the good deeds remove the evil deeds. That (is) a reminder for those who remember.” (Surah Hud 11:114)

Good deed means a good, beautiful and beneficial act, and to act in accordance with Allah’s content and pleasure. If we do not correct our intention before doing a good act or deed then we will not get rewarded our deeds even if it is a great one, while we can magnify our humble deeds by a sincere intention. Allah says:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ إِنَّا لَا نُضِيعُ أَجْرَ مَنْ أَحْسَنَ عَمَلًا

“Indeed, those who believed and did the good deeds, indeed, We will not let go waste (the) reward (of one) who does good deeds.” (Surah Al-Kahf 18:30)

Good Deed makes a positive impact:

  • Call a family member to tell them you love them
  • Bring someone a plant or some fresh flowers
  • Help someone who looks lost with directions
  • Ask someone “How are you?” and listen
  • Hug a loved one for no particular reason
  • Write a thank you letter to your parents
  • Help an elderly person cross the road
  • Introduce yourself to someone new
  • Donate to a local charity or event
  • Clean your neighbour’s yard
  • Help keep your city clean
  • Hold the door for people behind you
  • Take your neighbour’s trash to the curb
  • Donate the estimated amount to a charity
  • Spend quality time with family and friends
  • Donation of blood  can help up to 4 people
  • Tell a loved one how much you appreciate them
  • Donate your used clothes and housewares to charity
  • Stop and have a conversation with a homeless person
  • Planting a tree can help us curb the effects of climate change

The most important condition for a deed to be righteous is sincerity, to expect only God’s pleasure as a result of that act, and not to look after another benefit. The intention should be pure and it should not be to seek material benefits or to gain appreciation. However, it should be noted that God is not dependent on us, but we are dependent on him. Allah says:

إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ

“Except those who believe and do righteous deeds and enjoin (each other) to the truth and enjoin (each other) to [the] patience.” (Surah Al-`Asr 103:3)

An act into a righteous deed is the intention behind it. If the intention is a righteous one, then the deed also becomes righteous, even if the desired result is not attained.  Every Muslim should acknowledge that there is a reason why God does not always let the individual reach his goal. The way a Muslim does righteous deeds proves his/her submission to God.

Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran about good deeds:

  • “So hasten towards all that is good.” (Quran 2:148)
  • “So for this let the competitors compete.” (Quran 83:26)
  • “Laylatul Qadr is better than a thousand months.” (Quran, 97:3)
  • “Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them, Allah will replace their evil deeds with good. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (Quran 25:70)
  • “Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous.”  (Quran 25:74)
  • “And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous.” (Quran 3:133)
  • ‘Allah has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds [that] for them there is forgiveness and great reward.’ (Quran, 5:9)
  • “Multiplied for him is the punishment on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein humiliated.” (Quran 25:69)
  • “And the forerunners, the forerunners – Those are the ones brought near to Allah.” (Quran 56:10-11)

Every one of us seeks forgiveness from Allah for ourselves, however, this hadith Prophet (PBUH) gives the message of selflessness of Islam and commends the followers to seek forgiveness for other people as well. This simple seeking of forgiveness for others results in a person gaining reward against each believing person for whom the forgiveness is sought. Allah says:

وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةٌ وَأَجْرٌ عَظِيمٌ

“Allah has promised those who believe and do the righteous deeds – for them (is) forgiveness and a reward great.” (Surah Al-Ma`idah 5:9)

Doing good deeds with the intention of getting a reward is not necessarily a bad thing because we sometimes need an incentive or encouragement to do good. The benefit is not worldly so the mindset is seeking a good akhirah, which is a component of our purpose and acts as a stepping stone to the next level of faith. However, to attain even the most basic of these levels of faith, our deeds have to be for the sake of Allah. Allah says:

وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

“And those who strive for Us, We will surely, guide them (to) Our ways. And indeed, Allah surely (is) with the good-doers.” (Surah Al-‘Ankabut 29:69)

Guiding to good deeds and doing them is part of cooperation on piety and righteousness while guiding to evil deeds and doing them will make one bear the burden of sins. If a Muslim starts relying on Allah, calls Him regularly, shows kindness towards others, avoid backbiting and understands that whatever troubles come in life are a test from Allah, then his or her life will surely change for better in all respects from all the perspectives. May Allah bless us with contented hearts, Ameen!