Last updated on February 17th, 2018 at 08:27 am
Giving loan to the needy
Giving the loan to a needy man is an act of great merit. Abdullah ibn Masood has quoted the Prophetic words:
“Every loan is a Sadaqah”, (Tabrani)
This is probably because a loan is usually not intended as Sadaqah, and giving it out to a needy person who does not beg has great merit and reward.
Giving grace period to poor debtors
In both Qur’an and hadith, much merit has been promised to those who give time to poor debtors. Abu Hurairah reported that the blessed Prophet has said:
“He who gives time to a poor man or reduces his debt would be placed by Allah in the shade of His Throne on the day when there shall be no shade.” (Tirmidhi)
Good treatment of animals
Islam has ordained rights of animals just as there are rights of man. It is prohibited to unnecessary cause pain to harmless animals. Even the animals to be slaughtered are to be slaughtered in such a way that their suffering is maximum.
Our blessed Prophet has ordered that knife should be properly sharpened before slaughter and every care possible should be taken of the animal to be slaughtered. (Tirmidhi). Having mercy on animals, rearing them and giving them comfort is very pleasing to Allah and is very rewarding.
Our Prophet once related a story of a man of earlier Ummah who felt great thirst during a journey. After a great search, he found a well without a bucket to draw up water. He descended the well, quenched his thirst and was coming out of the well. Then he saw a thirty dog licking wet earth. The man felt great pity and felt for the dog’s suffering. He took off his leather socks, went back into the well to get some water for the dog. Allah was so pleased with this act that He pardoned him. (Bukhari and Muslim).
Praising Allah for sneezing and its response
Abu Hurairah has related a Prophetic saying:
“Allah likes sneezing and dislike yawning. When anyone of you sneezes he should say (Alhamdulillah) and the hearer thereof should respond (Yarhamukallah) as it is a right of the one who sneezes. (Sahih Bukhari).
Optimism and hope from Allah
Expecting good from Allah is an act of sublime benefits. Abu Hurairah has quoted a Prophetic saying:
“Hoping for good is also an act of worship of Allah”. (Tirmidhi and Hakim)
In Hadith-e-Qudsi, our blessed Prophet has quoted the Divine words:
I am what my bondsman thinks of me. And where he remembers Me, there I am with him (Bukhari and Muslim).
Many benefits have been given in the Holy Quran and Hadith for having high hopes from Allah. This implies that one must try to live according to the Divine Commands and when he commits errors, he should expect Divine Mercy for it. But if one is entirely unmindful of Divine commands, he does not care to reform himself, and is driven by worldly desire and yet expects Divine Pardon and Mercy, he has been castigated in hadith.
The right way is to try to reform oneself and to balance Allah’s fear and good hopes from, Him.
Anas has related that “Once our Prophet went to a young man who was on his deathbed and asked him ‘How do you feel?’ The young man said. ‘I have much hope from Allah but I also fear for my sins’. The Holy Prophet said, ‘The believer who has these two ideas simultaneously at such time, Allah fulfills his hopes and grants him security from fear”. (At-Tirmidhi)
41 – 46. The six good deeds
Hadith tells us that our Prophet has pointed out six deeds for which he himself has guaranteed paradise. The Prophet said:
“You give me a guarantee of six deeds arid I shall guarantee you Paradise. (Firstly) redeem the trust placed in you; (secondly) carry out your contracts; (thirdly) speak the truth (always); (fourthly) save your (sexual) organs from (unlawful) acts; (fifthly) keep your eyes down; and (sixthly) keep your hands (from harming others and I sinning).
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