Do we know when we will die? Tomorrow? Or today? Or the next minute?
As Muslims we know what will happen to us when we die, we will either be blessed or be punished for our deeds we did in the world. We should also know that our good deeds will be measured on a scale.
Allah says in the holy Quran:
“And We will set up a just balance on the day of resurrection, so no soul shall be dealt with unjustly in the least; and though there be the weight of a grain of mustard seed, (yet) will We bring it, and sufficient are We to take account.” (21:47)
We need to make our scale of good deeds heavy, therefore hurry and run towards good deeds.
As Allah says:
“So hasten towards all that is good”. (2:148)
We need to do good deeds now before there are more fitna ( temptations and trials). This time you have in peace is a good time to perform as much good as possible for in the times of trials we will be busy in warding off the temptations.
Abu Hurayrah -May Allah be pleased with him- has related that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“Hasten to do good deeds; (there will be) fitnah like a portion of a dark night, wherein an individual wakes up as a believer and begins the night as a disbeliever or he begins the night as a believer and wakes up as a disbeliever. He sells his religion for a portion of the dunya (this worldly life).” (At-Tirmidhi, Hasan Saheeh)
When we do good deeds, it helps the people around us and improves the society as a whole; you make a difference on your individual part and it will leave an impact on the lives of others.
Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings being upon him, said, “If the Resurrection was established upon one of you while he has in his hand a sapling, then let him plant it.” (Musnad Ahmad, Saheeh)
This hadith shows us the importance of both hastening to do good even if the end of the world arrives. It is also apparent from this that planting a tree is beneficial for the people, the animals, and also good for the overall environment and is thus considered a good deed.
How wonderful is it; our religion that it tells us to take care of everything, even the earth and it’s environment and we are rewarded for it.
We can even derive another important lesson from the hadith of planting a sapling; that the result isn’t necessarily important, as you will surely get the benefit of it when you die, so do good even if it is before your death, even if you don’t live long enough to see the result.
The sahabha used to hasten to do good deeds to the point they didn’t even finish their food;
Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A man, said to the Prophet (ﷺ) during the battle of Uhud: “Tell me where I shall be if I am killed”. When he (ﷺ) replied that he would be in Jannah, the man threw away some dates which he had in his hand and fought until he was killed. (Bukhari and Muslim)
Jannah meant so much to the sahabahs, that they gave up their lives in hope of it. They rushed to do good, hoping for the pleasure of Allah and fearing His punishment.
We need to introspect as to how much we hasten towards good deeds; we are so busy in worldly pursuits that words do not affect us. We do believe in the Day of Judgement and the result will be according to the scale of deeds but we do not believe it with firmness hence we lag behind. We need to get up and do good whenever we get a chance, benefiting ourselves and others as well. No matter the conditions around us we need to do good as there is no reason or excuse for us to stop doing good. Do good and Allah will help you in the way. Let us hasten to the reward of Allah!