‘Good deeds’, what are they in Islam? Put simply, they’re things you can do every single day in order to be a better Muslim and even earn a few brownie points along the way. In the long term, they’re supposed to help you learn to live your life on a good, moral standing while also positively impacting those around you.
And the best thing about it is that they’re all very simple tasks that you can easily incorporate into your daily life. It’s a win-win situation really. Have a look for yourselves.
Simple and effective! In Islam, a person who smiles is worthy of compliments as the simple gesture helps to bring about calmness and can aid in minimising the anxiety of those who are stressed, so unconsciously, you could be making someone’s day and that’s enough to be rewarded.
9. Being honest.
“The faithful are also those who are true to their trusts and covenants; and who are honest in their testimony,” Quran 70:33.
8. Being humble.
Those who walk the Earth with humility, even when tested by those who act in the opposite manner, are credited for the deed.
7. Verifying news before sharing it.
“O believers, if an evildoer brings you any news, verify it so you do not harm people unknowingly, becoming regretful for what you have done,” Quran, 49:6.
This can include things like rumours, good news, bad news, etc.
6. Remembering Allah.
Even just the simple act of thinking about God can lead to big rewards so whether you’re feeling a little low today or you’ve just received the best news of your life, spare a thought for our Creator because without Him, would any of it be possible?
5. Respecting your parents.
“For your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And honour your parents. If one or both of them reach old age in your care, never say to them even ‘ugh,’ nor yell at them. Rather, address them respectfully,” Quran, 17:23.
Everyone has a unique relationship with their parents, but it is crucial to remember to respect them. Yes, even while your mum’s nagging you for the 5th time that day.
4. Feeding a hungry person.
A simple act of kindness goes a long way and we all have a duty to take care of each other, especially those experiencing poverty.
3. Having patience.
“And seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, it is a burden except for the humble,” Quran, 2:45.
Islam promotes many moral qualities that link easily to each other, so when one particular one has been honed, the rest follow more easily and it’s the same with a lot of other religions too. While difficult or frustrating situations may arise, knowing that peace will follow is all that is needed to be rewarded. How beautiful is that?
2. Standing up in the face of injustice.
This can easily be applied to the smallest and the biggest situations and it also helps us navigate our moral compasses better over time.
1. Making dua and dhikr.
“Those who believe and whose hearts find comfort in the remembrance of Allah. Surely in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find comfort,” Quran, 13:28.
One should never underestimate the power of dua and dhikr. In the Quran, the active remembrance of God results in the highest of praises and not only that, but then the further recitation of duas and dhikr can have added benefits of wiping away sins and acting as a form of meditation.
So what are you waiting for? Add some, if not all, of these good deeds to your life as soon as possible and watch the happy times roll in… In sha’Allah.