Reward of the Righteous Deed in this Life

Allaah (SWT)  says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Whoever works righteousness — whether male or female — while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter” [al-Nahl 16:97] 
Al Imam Ibn Katheer says: "In this great verse, there is a promise from Allah (SWT) – and He does not break his promise - for everyone, man or woman, who does a good deed and whose heart is believing in Allah and His Messenger. Allah (S.W.T.) promises to give good life for such a person in this life as a quick reward for the righteous deed. Allah (SWT) also promises to give more rewards to this person in the Hereafter. 

The good life in this life as promised by Allah (SWT) comprises all aspects of comfort including Halal Rizq, self-satisfaction, happiness, and contentment. The prophet (SAW) says: "He Who submitted himself to Allah (S.W.T.), and is provided enough sustenance, and Allah (SWT) made him content with what He gave him, he indeed succeeded." {Authentic Hadith reported by Imams At-Trmithi and Ahmad}. 
And also Imam Muslim reported that, the prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:" Allah does not deal unjustly with a believer about a good deed because he is given blessings for it in the Hereafter; but the disbeliever is given in the world the reward for good deeds, he has performed and when he comes to the Hereafter, there is no good deed for which he can be rewarded." 

What are the righteous deeds?

"The righteous deeds include everything that Allah (SWT) loves and accepts from sayings and the physical acts; the hidden (acts by heart) and the openly (acts by limbs). 

The acts by heart include the love for Allah and His messenger, fear of Allah, asking Him for forgiveness, Having sincerity to Him alone in deen, being patient, thanking for His blessings, accepting His judgment, depending on Him, hoping for His mercy, fear of His punishment, and all things of this nature are the righteousness." 

The acts by limbs include saying (لاإله إلا الله محمد الرسول الله) "La Elaha Ellalaah Muhamadun Raswolullah", prayers, zakah, fasting, hajj, straight talk, loyalty (returning someone’s possessions to them), kindness with parents, having good accord with relatives, keeping promises and treaties, enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, Jihad in the cause of Allah, learning, teaching, kindness with the neighbor, with the orphan, with the poor, with the wayfarer, with the animals, supplication, remembering Allah and reciting Qur’an."

What are the necessary conditions for the righteous deeds to be accepted?

Every righteous deed must meet two conditions to be accepted by Allah (SWT): 

The first is sincerity. This is achieved when the righteous is for the sake of Allah (SWT) alone. 

The second is following the prophet (SAW). This is achieved when the righteous deeds are done exactly as prescribed by the prophet (SAW). If these two conditions are met, the righteous deed will be accepted by Allah (SWT). In this case, the doer of righteous deeds will deserve the reward in this life and in the Hereafter as promised by Allah (SWT).

The immediate reward in this life can be manifested in the following:

The guidance and coming out of the darkness of (Falsehood) into the light of (Truth). Allah (SWT) said in surat Yunus, (Verse 9), (interpretation of the meaning), "Verily, those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, their Lord will guide them by their faith…"  And also Allah (SWT) said in surat At-Talaq, (Verse 11), what can be translated as, "…that He may take out, those who believe and do righteous good deed from the darkness to the light…"

Love for them from Allah (SWT) and in the hearts of the believers Allah (SWT) said in surat Maryam, (Verse 96), (interpretation of the meaning), " Verily, those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, the Most Beneficent will bestow love for them (in the hearts of the believers)."

And also Imams Bukhari and Muslim reported that, the prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: "If Allah love person, He calls Jibriael (Gabriel) saying: Allah love so and so; O Jibriael love him. Jibriael would love him, and then Jibriael would make an announcement among the resident of the heavens, Allah loves so and so, therefore, you should love him also. So, all the resident of the heavens would love him and he is granted the pleasure of the people of the earth."

Wiping away their bad deeds. Allah (S.W.T) said in surat Al-Ankabut, (Verse 7), (interpretation of the meaning), " Those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, surly, We shall remit from them their evil deeds and shall reward them according to the best of that which they used to do."

Allah’s protection and good care. In the Qudsi (Holy) Hadith, reported by Imams Bukhari and Muslim that, the prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: "Allah (SWT) said:…My servant countess to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with he walks…"

And Also, Allah (SWT) will protect the children of the good doers. The Qur’an has told us how Allah (SWT) protected the treasure that was under the destroyed wall of two orphan villagers in the city because of their righteous parents. The  renovation was from the duties of Al-Khudr and Mousa (SAW).{Story in surat Al-Kahf}

Finding good ways and sustenance where they are not expected. Allah (SWT) said in surat At-Talaq, (Verses 2&3), "…And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from sources he never could imagine."

And also Allah (S.W.T) said in surat At-Talaq, (Verse 4), "… And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him."

Empowering them on earth and making them feel secure and at peace after fright and fear. Allah (S.W.T) said in surat An-Noor, (Verse 55), “ Allah has promised, to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority their religion - the one which He has chosen for them; and that He will change (their state), after the fear in which they (lived), to one of security and peace: 'They will worship Me (alone) and not associate aught with Me. 'If any do reject Faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked."

1 comment:

  1. Bismillahirrahmanirrahim...
    All praises be to ALLAH, Lord of the Universe and be to Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. and his family and his companions.
    MashaAllah a beautiful message and a good reminder to me and to all of us....thank you sister Angel.
    Ya Allah, You have always bestowed on us the Greatness of Your nikmah in which we could never imagine and You have protected us from harm when we cannot detach ourselves from it.
    We have done deeds in which only You have knowledge of its good or bad.
    Ya ALLAH, if the deeds that we have done is in accordance to Your teachings, please accept those deeds as meaningful deeds in Your eyes. However if those deeds have been accompanied with boastfulness and envy or we have done ourselves wrong or its intention had been tainted, we seek Your Forgiveness and we implore that You hide all the wrongdoings.
    Please bless us with goodness and Your bountiful provision.
    Please open our hearts so that we seek you always just like how you open the hearts of those who are righteous.
    Please place us amongst those who keep to their promises and are able to fulfill our responsibilities and make our life a witness to all deeds that you have enjoined us to do....Ya ALLAH, the Most Gracious, the Most Giving.