1- Avoid Things that Allah has forbidden, including the great sins as well as continually performing the lesser sins, and perform what Allah orders us to perform: The prophet peace be upon him said: “Allah has recorded the good deeds and the evil deeds. Then he made them clear: He who has intended a good deed and does not do it, Allah writes it down with Him as a performed good deed; but if he intends it and does perform it; Allah records for him from ten good deeds to seven hundred times that or more than that. If he intends to do an evil deed and does not do it, then Allah writes it down as a good deed; but if he intends an evil deed and performs it, Allah records it as one evil deed” (Sahih Al-Jami)
2- Reciting the Quran and pondering over it’s meanings: The Prophet peace be upon him said, “Whoever recites one word from the Book of Allah will be rewarded for a good deed and ten more like it; and I don’t say that Alif Lam Mim is a word but Alif is a word and Lam is a word and Mim is a word” (Alif Lam Mim is 3 Arabic Characters.)
3- Guiding people to righteous deeds: The prophet peace be upon him said, “Whoever guides one to a good thing will get the same reward as the person who performs the deed” (Sahih Al-Jami)
4- Enjoining good and eradicating evil:
This is one of the obligatory duties that many people fail to perform today. Due to this reason, sins are being committed openly and without shame and no one is saying anything about them. The prophet peace be upon him said, “If the people see an evil deed and they do not change it, then Allah may inflict them all with a punishment”.
Allah says in the Quran: “And the believers, men and women, are protecting friends of one another, they enjoin the right and forbid the wrong .. ”
5- Supplications to Allah: It’s the best act of worship as the Prophet peace be upon him said, “The most virtuous act of worship is supplication” (Sahih Al-Jami). It’s very important to be certain that Allah will answer your supplication, the Prophet peace be upon him said: “There is no Muslim on this earth who supplicates to Allah except that Allah will give him what he asked or He will remove some evil from him, as long as he does not supplicate for something evil or as long as he does not supplicate for cutting of the ties of kinship and as long as he does not become impatient and say, ‘I supplicated and supplicated and I was not responded to'”
6- Marrying religious women: The prophet peace be upon him said, “A woman is married for her religion, wealth or beauty; marry the religious women and you will prosper”. He also said, “A thankful heart, a tongue that remembers Allah and a pious wife that helps you in your worldly and religious matters, is better than what the people are amassing” (Sahih Al-Jami)
7- Bringing up pious children and training them to have good Islamic character: The prophet peace be upon him said, “A man will be raised some degrees in Paradise and he will say, ‘For what reason am I receiving this ?’ He will be told, ‘Because of your son asking forgiveness for you'”
8- Having good manners and character: The prophet peace be upon him said, “The most beloved of you to me and the closest of you to me in the Hereafter are those of you who have the best manners; the most hated of you to me and farthest from me in the Hereafter are those of you who have the worst manners, those who speak and do not even care about what they are saying” (Sahih Al-Jami), and he also said, “The person of good manners will get the same reward as the person who prays during the night and fasts during the day” (Sahih Al-Jami).
9- Performing many voluntary prayers: This is particularly beneficial during the last third of the night in which the gates of the heavens are opened and the supplications are responded to. The prophet peace be upon him said, “Allah waits until one half or two-thirds of the night has passed and He says, ‘My slaves, shall ask from no one except Me. Whoever asks from Me, I shall respond to him. Whoever asks Me for something, I will give it to him. Whoever asks for my forgiveness, I shall forgive him. And this continues until the dawn” (Sahih Al-Jami).
Similarly, performing the Sunnan prayers, is also a way of gaining Allah’s pleasure and reward. These Sunnan prayers are two rakats before the dawn obligatory prayer, four before the noon obligatory prayer and four after it, two after the sunset prayer and two after the night prayer and the witr prayer.
10- Being obedient and respectful to one’s parents: This is one of the greatest ways to attain Allah’s pleasure and reward. Allah mentions worshipping Him together with obeying one’s parents. Allah says in the Quran, “Your Lord has decreed that you worship none save Him, and that you show kindness to parents. If one of them or both of them attain to old age with you, say not ‘File’ unto them nor repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word. And lower unto them the wing of submission through mercy and say, ‘My Lord, have mercy on them both as they did care for me when I was little'” (Al-Isra)
11- Jihad in the way of Allah: A hadith of the Prophet peace be upon him says, “Being on guard in the way of Allah for one month is better than perpetual fasting for a year. Whoever dies while guarding in the way of Allah will be safe from the great frightening. And he will be provided his provisions, and smell the scent from paradise, and receive the reward of the one who guards until Allah resurrects him” (Sahih Al-Jami)
12- Remembering Allah at all times: The prophet peace be upon him stated that Allah said, “I am as My slave thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself. I make mention of him to Myself and if me makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it.” (Al-Bukhari).
13- Speaking the truth and not fearing punishment of anyone: The prophet peace be upon him said, “The leader of the martyrs is Hamza ibn Abdul Muttalib and a person who faces an unjust ruler and advises him to do good and he is killed because of his speech” (Sahih Al-Jami)
14- Giving charity and spending in the way of Allah: Allah says in the Quran, “Those who spend their wealth by night and day, privately and publicity, verily their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve” (Al-Baqara 274). And Allah also says, “And spend of that which We have provided you before death comes to one of you and he says, ‘My Lord if only You would reprieve me for a little while, then I would give alms and be among the righteous.’ But Allah reprieves no soul when its term comes, and Allah is aware of what you do” (Al-Munafiqoon).
15- Learning the beneficial knowledge: One should learn that knowledge that will benefit him in the Hereafter and act by it in order to be a good example for others. The authentic knowledge is the one that is based on Quran and Sunnah.
May Allah count us among His obedient servants! O lord give us the power to do the righteous deeds (Aameen)!
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