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Huge Reward for Small Acts: Why?

Huge Reward for Small Acts: Why?

A Special Relation with Allah

What kind of life style these smart believers have?

Let’s imagine how they start their day:

At the early hours of dawn, when the rays of sun have not illuminated the roads yet, these believers wake up, overcoming the desire to sleep, head to Masjid to pray Fajr and get the reward of a whole-night vigil prayer[1].

They stay after Fajr in the Masjid for some time remembering Allah until the Duha time is due and then they will pray Duha to get a double reward: first, the reward of a perfect Hajj and `Umrah[2] and second, the reward of giving a charity on behalf of each and every joint in their bodies[3].

Then, they are busy repeating the morning different supplications and words of dhikr, each of which has its own meanings, inspirations and reward.

What a beginning! How do you think a morning like this will affect the believer’s behavior and attitudes during the whole day?

Doing Good to Everyone

The special offers are not only about maintaining a good relation with Allah. You can earn manyhasanat by treating Human beings and even animals well.

A Hasant seeker knows that meeting people with a friendly, smiling face is a charity[4]; that a man who never did any good deed will enter Paradise for removing a thorny branch from the road[5], and that a prostitute was forgiven because she provided water for a thirsty dog[6].

With such positive spirit these dedicated believers live, spreading peace and goodness on earth and working diligently to make the world a better place.

Hereafter is the First Priority

In the hustle and bustle of life it is very easy to get distracted from the Hereafter and to forget preparing for it.

Work, study, kids, business, TV shows, money, entertainment and many other things have captivated the hearts and minds of a lot of people and kept their eyes and attention away from the ultimate end.

Smart believers, on the other hand, are always alert to theses traps. They are well-aware of the reality of this dunya: a mere passage to the Hereafter; a test whose results determines one’s destination on the Day of Judgment.

Therefore, they prefer the Hereafter to this world. They are ready to sacrifice some conveniences of the dunya (for example, driving in freezing weather to pray Fajr at the Masjid to get the reward mentioned in the previous section) to secure themselves in the Hereafter.

Think of how much effort and concentration we dedicate to our private business to see the difference in priorities. Compare our attitude to these special offers with our excessive interest in worldly offers, credit card points, bank accounts, market sales and promotions.

In one hadith the Prophet tells us that praying twelve nafl (optional) rak`ahs daily gains you a house in Al-Jannah.[7] Think about it: do you take this offer seriously? Will you show the same interest if the offer was about getting a house in this Dunya, say in the best neighborhood in your country, in return for a 30-minute work?

Indeed those small deeds betray the magnitude of our Iman and devotion and perhaps this is why their reward is such huge.


About Muhammad Fathi

Muhammad Fathi is the managing editor of the Shari`ah page, AboutIslam.net and a former Imam and teacher at the Quran Institute of America, MI, USA.

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