Want to know how to become a better Muslim? This is a wired question to ask because it is every Muslim’s dream to increase Iman and become a good Muslim. But how exactly? Are there some easy to do good deeds in Islam that can really make one a better person?
Well now, whether you like it or not, as a Muslim, these questions will eventually marvel you someday. I think it’s the reason for which you are here surfing. To find answers, and once again do nothing about it.
We are so steep in the affairs of worldly life that we become forgetful of the true purpose of this life. Every single moment from morn to eve is spent on making more money to buy popcorn (I mean to buy more fun), despite knowing the fact that each and every soul shall leave this world one day. None of us knows exactly when (the scary part).
Now let’s move on to the interesting part. There is an easy method to really become a better Muslim, that too prescribed by Islam (Quran and Sunnah). In fact, if one adopts them, his life too becomes much more comfy and prosperous.
But today, it is unfortunate to see that many generally believed the teachings of Islam to be difficult. They think it demands the sacrifice of their worldly advantages, pleasure, and comfort. As a result, lots of people assumed difficulty and slew away from the Devine path.
It doesn’t have to be this way because Islam is very easy when understood. There are some easy to do good deeds without any significant labor. That too without any expenditure. These deeds may seem simple, they can actually steer our lives on to the path of Devine pleasure and ensure salvation. Isn’t that adorable?
It only becomes adorable when you sincerely practice these deeds. We are talking about a 40+ list of good deeds here. This is very lengthy and I know that, but try and read everything even if it means reading it for a month long. It is worth your time and effort, trust me.
Good intention is an alchemic prescription that can transform base dirt into a noble gold. Remember the hadith that says “All actions depends upon intentions.”
It is sometimes interpreted to mean that good intentions justify bad deeds and turn sins from haram to halal. This is entirely wrong. Sin is always a sin no matter how noble the intention may be.
What this hadith actually means is that a good deed earns merit only if done with right intention. It also means that all lawful deeds actually earn neither merit nor punishment, but if these are done with good intent, they become acts of worship and earn merit.
For instance, eating is lawful: but if one eats with the intention that the food shall give him energy and that energy shall spend in the service of Allah, the act of eating would earn merit.
Imagine how great our rewards will be if we attach good intentions to everything we do in our everyday life.
Allah likes it when we make Dua to Him. But we dislike it when we get no response. That’s our nature though. However generous a man is, if he asks for anything again and again from Allah, he will sooner or later lose his patience and give it up or become angry. But for Allah, on the contrary, He is pleased the more.
Hadith said that Allah is displeased with one who does not ask him for anything in prayer.
Praying is not only a means of realizing one’s purpose of life. But also, in itself, is an act of worship. In other words, praying even for one’s personal ends and worldly needs is counted among acts of worship and earns merit. The more one prays the closer one gets to Allah.
It is not necessary to pray only in times of need: rather, praying in times of pleasure and wealth is also necessary. A hadith made it clear when it said:
One who desires his prayers in the times of sorrow and distress to be answered should pray in times of happiness and plenty. (Tirmidhi)
Seeking forgiveness is an antidote for the poisoning of the human soul by sinning. Every sin against Allah, however heavy it may be, is forgiven if one seeks forgiveness for it.
Whenever a sin is committed, it should be atoned for by seeking forgiveness. Even when no sin has been apparently committed, one should seek Divine forgiveness. Because every Muslim knows that the eternally blessed and beloved Prophet Muhammad was free of all sin, but even then he has said:
“I beg for I Allah’s forgiveness seventy times or more every day. (Bukhari)
Dzikr (remembrance of Allah)
Dhikr i.e. mental or verbal remembrance of Allah is so consoling, pleasant and easy form of worship that one can perform it continuously at all times and that too with great benefits.
Obviously, Dhikr does not benefit Allah, Who has no need for it. The benefit is for Allah’s servants since Dhikr strengthens the bond between Allah and His servants. It is food for the soul. And with an inspired soul, it becomes easy to overcome one’s base instincts to defeat the Devil, avoid the sins, and increase more of the good deeds.
Someone asked our eternally blessed and beloved Prophet:
“Which worship is highest, in the Eyes of Allah and which shall be reckoned weightiest on the Day of Judgment?” The Prophet replied “Dhikr of Allah”
Ishraq prayer is a nafl prayer which is performed a bit after the sunrise when the sun is somewhat high, that is, usually twelve minutes after sunrise. It has only two Rakat but with high rewards. Abu Hurairah relates that our Prophet said that:
“He who performs Ishraq prayers without fail shall have his lesser sins forgiven even though they may be as numerous as foam specks on the surface of the sea” (Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)
The best way to performing Ishraq prayers is to stay in the masjid after Fajr prayers and do Dhikr, then leave after praying Ishraq when the sun has risen. But if one cannot follow this, then he can say Ishraq prayers at home or after doing something he has to do.