[5:26am, 8/23/2014] السلام عليكم ورحمة الله : Deeds Weighed Not Counted
Aisha (radi Allahu anha) asked: “O Messenger of Allah! During the Jaahiliya, Ibn Jad’aan used to uphold the ties of kinship and feed the poor; will that benefit him at all?” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: “It will not be of any benefit to him, because he never said a single day, ‘O Lord, forgive me my sins on the Day of Judgement.’” [Muslim]
Suppose you employed someone, but your employee spent all his time working for someone else. Would you agree to pay him at the end of the month? Then how do we expect Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to recompense us if it is the world, our ego, or other people, we serve instead of Him?
If you do good deeds for the world, the world repays you by praising you and remembering you by good names. If you do good deeds for yourself, your ego repays you by making you feel good about yourself. If you do good deeds for Allah’s Pleasure, He repays you by granting you an abode in Jannah.
For our “good” deeds to actually have weight in the Scale on the Day of Judgement they need to fulfill the following three criteria:
1) They must be deeds that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) calls good deeds.
2) They must be done purely for Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).
3) They must be performed according to the method Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has outlined as the proper way to execute them.
Deeds that you thought were good but that didn’t fulfill the above three criteria are like a pouch you set out with on a journey that has sand in it instead of gold. It appears to have much weight but when you open it to take care of your needs it has nothing of value in it.
Finally, it is important to know that not all good deeds have equal weight, just like some questions in an exam may carry 30 or 40 mark s while others carry 2 or 3 marks. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has outlined in the Quran which the heavy weights champions are in good deeds. For example:
“Have you taken the serving of water to the pilgrims and the maintenance of Al-Masjid-ul-Haram as equal to (the acts) of one who believes in Allah and in the Last Day, and carries out Jihad in the way of Allah? They are not equal in the sight of Allah. Allah does not lead the wrongdoing people to the right path. Those who believed and emigrated and carried out Jihad in the way of Allah with their wealth and lives are greater in rank in the sight of Allah, and it is they who are the successful. Their Lord gives them the happy news of Mercy from Him, and of (His) Pleasure, and of Gardens having an everlasting bliss for them, where they shall dwell forever. Surely, it is Allah with whom lies a great reward.”