Good Deeds Erase Bad Deeds

Good deeds erasing the bad deeds is very important to remember in Islam. Remember that Islam is perfect and people aren’t. God created mankind, the jinn, and the angels; the angels are perfect and make no mistakes and obey God’s every command, but we, as humans, do make mistakes and commit bad deeds; we can repent with sincerity and we hope in God’s forgiveness through repentance and making good deeds. Allah says:

إِنَّ هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ يَهْدِي لِلَّتِي هِيَ أَقْوَمُ وَيُبَشِّرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ الَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًا كَبِيرًا

“Indeed, this, the Quran, guides to that which (is) most straight and gives glad tidings to the believers – those who do the righteous deeds, that for them (is) a reward great.” (Surah Al-Isra` 17:9)

God has made it so easy for us in this life to increase our weight in good deeds. You must have sincerity and pure intentions in your heart not to repeat the sin again. Stop and think before you act, will this deed increase my scale of good or bad deeds? Always keep God close to your heart when making an intention to perform an act of charity and insha’Allah it will be accepted Allah says:

وَيَزِيدُ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ اهْتَدَوْا هُدًى وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ مَّرَدًّا

“And Allah increases those who accept guidance, (in) guidance. And the everlasting good deeds (are) better near your Lord (for) reward and better (for) return.” (Surah Maryam 19:76)

Good deeds are a true witness to the stability of faith in the heart. Rather, it is one of the fruits of faith in Allah the Almighty, in His Messenger, and in the Last Day. A good deed is that which is pleasing to Allah the Almighty, and it combines two things; that it be intended to please and obey Allah. Every individual in this society must feel his responsibility not to let society become degenerate.

Here are some good deeds you need to implement into your Life:

  1. Good deeds serve as a divine guard against the trials
  2. Good deeds should be done out of love in your heart
  3. Good deeds remove the fear of failure in our chores
  4. Good deeds  follow up a bad deed with a good one
  5. Good deeds take away the essence of the action
  6. Good deeds activate derive the pleasure of Allah
  7.  Good deed expect the same treatment back
  8. Good deeds make feel high about a new win
  9. Good deeds avoid that which is wrong
  10. Good deeds control worldly desires
  11. Good deeds strive for the pleasure of Allah
  12. Good deeds set goals based on your definition
  13. Good deeds are the fruit of doing good actions
  14. Good deeds Seek the companionship of others
  15. Good deeds mean to cleanse or purify the heart 
  16. Good deeds practising towards worship of Allah
  17. Good deeds encourage goodness and forbid evil
  18. Good deeds serve as a divine guard against the trials
  19. Good deed being cause of happiness in helping people
  20. Good deed congratulate someone’s new accomplishment

People use their sins as an excuse to stay behind, but do not stop yourself from all the other good that you could be involved in. The response to sin should not be to wait, but rather to race to do something good so the sin can be erased. Our attitude should be proactive and positive. We should always have hope that Allah can, and will, have mercy on us as long as we keep struggling and pushing forward Allah says:

وَاتْلُ مَا أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ مِن كِتَابِ رَبِّكَ لَا مُبَدِّلَ لِكَلِمَاتِهِ وَلَن تَجِدَ مِن دُونِهِ مُلْتَحَدًا

”And recite what has been revealed to you of the Book (of) your Lord. None can change His Words and never you will find besides Him a refuge.” (Surah Kahf 18: 27)

When you practice the hadith’s first two components of God-consciousness and follow the bad deed with a good one, you will end up with the third component of good character. Good character is a true test of religiosity. But when you strive to have good manners, you are struggling with yourself while amongst others. It is a higher level of interaction and can be more difficult than praying at night and fasting during the day.

Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:

  • “Lower your voice and talk moderately.” (Quran 31:19)
  • “Don’t let hatred cause you to be unjust.” (Quran 6:108)
  • “..If you are thankful, I will give you more ..” (Quran 14:7)
  • “Don’t ask too many favours from people.” (Quran 2:273)
  • “And establish worship for My Remembrance.” (Quran 20:14)
  • “Preach to others in a good and wise manner.” (Quran 16:125)
  • “Whosoever does a good deed, it is for his self…’‘ (Quran 45:15)
  • “And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.” (Quran 3:86)
  • “…. …. Allah has promised those among them who believe and do righteous deeds forgiveness, and a great Reward.” (Al-Fath, 48, 29)
  • “… … Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.” (Al-Anfal, 8, 60)
  • “Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy,- will attain salvation.” (Al-Mumenoon, 23,102)

Allah loves humans so much, He is always waiting for His slave to come back and make repent. Always praise and thank God for providing you with the opportunity to give charity as you may be increasing the wealth of good deeds which could save you on the Day of Judgment. In Islam, a person who smiles is worthy of compliments as the simple gesture helps to bring about calmness. 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)

Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even though it were little.  God has an equal relation to all existent beings, there remains no reason for a good deed to be accepted by one person and not by another. God not only counts every good deed a person does, but He also multiplies it and rewards them, worshippers will be reminded today. 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)

A good deed is an action you take for the betterment of another person or society. However, good deeds need to be perceived as good even if the intent is positive. Otherwise, they may not be considered good deeds. On the Day of Judgment, each person’s deeds will be weighed on a scale and if the good deeds outweigh the bad, God has promised us Paradise. May Allah provide the opportunities to increase good deeds and erase the bad deeds.