EASY ACTIONS FOR WHICH REWARDS ARE MULTIPLIED
By Sulaymaan ibn Saalih al-Kharaashi
Primary reference: “Al-A`mal al-Mudaa`afah” (Dar al-Watan, Riyadh)
How great will be the regret of those who waste the opportunity!
1. Preserving the ties of kinship: ” Whoever wishes that his provision be increased and his age lengthened, let him maintain the ties of kinship.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim]
2. Performing many prayers in the two noble Harams (in Makkah and Madinah): “Prayer in this masjid of mine is superior to a thousand prayers elsewhere, except for Masjid al-Haram, and prayer in Masjid al-Haram is superior to one hundred thousand prayers elsewhere.” [Ahmad and ibn Majah]
3. Performing prayers in congregation. “Prayer in congregation is superior to praying individually twenty-seven times.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
4. Praying `Isha and Fajr in congregation: “He who prays Isha’ in Jama’ah [congregation] is as if he has prayed for half the night. As to him who (also) prays Fajr in congregation, it is as if he has prayed all night.” [narrated by Malik and the wording is that of Muslim who also reported it]
5. Performing voluntary prayers at home. “Superiority of a man’s prayer in his home over his prayer when people see him is like the superiority of an obligatory prayer over a voluntary one.” [al-Bayhaqi, classed as Saheeh by al-Albani] “The most superior prayer of a person is in his home, except for obligatory prayers.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim]
6. Observing some manners of the day of Jumu`ah. “Whoever ghassala (washes his head, and it is said: has intercourse with his wife so that it be a means to lower the gaze from the haram that day) on the day of Jumuah, then comes in the earliest time and before the first khutbah, walks and doesn’t ride, stays near the Imam, listens and does not speak – for each step [he makes] he has actions of one year, the reward of fasting and standing in prayer in it.” [Ahl as-Sunan]
7. Salat ul-Ishraq. “Whoever prays al-ghadaa (i.e. al fajr) in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until sunrise, then prays two units of prayer, has a complete reward of Hajj and `Umrah [The Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, repeated ‘complete’ three times for emphasizing].. [at-Tirmidhi, classed as Saheeh by al-Albani]
8. Attending lectures in the mosque. “Whoever goes to the mosque not desiring except to learn or teach what is good has the reward of a pilgrim who completed his Hajj.” [at-Tabarani, classed as Saheeh by Al-Albani] 9. Performing `Umrah in the month of Ramadhan. “`Umrah in Ramadhan is equal to a Hajj with me.” [al-Bukhari]
10. Performing obligatory prayers in the Mosque. “Whoever leaves his home in a state of purity to perform obligatory prayer, his reward is like that of a pilgrim (while) in the state of ihram [i.e. he receives reward similar to that of spending time in ihram during Hajj].. [Abu Dawud, classed as Saheeh by Al-Albani] So one should be in a state of purity when leaving one’s home, rather than the place for ablution within the mosque, except due to necessity.
11. Being from the people of the first row in congregational prayers. `Irbad bin Saariyah, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “The Messenger of Allah, (saws), used to seek forgiveness for [the people of] the first row three times, and for [the people of the] second row once.” [an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah]. “Allah and His Angels make salawat upon [the people of] the first row.” [Ahmad, with a good isnad]
12. Prayer in Masjid Qubaa’ in Madinah: “Whoever purifies himself in his house then comes to Masjid Qubaa’ and prays in it has the reward like that of `Umrah.” [an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah]
13. Saying what the caller to prayer says: “Say as they say [i.e. callers to prayer], and when you finish, ask and you will be given.” [Abu Dawud and An-Nasa’i] That is, supplicate when you finish repeating after the caller to prayer.
14. Fasting Ramadhan and following it with six days of Shawwal. “Whoever fasts Ramadhan, then follows it with six (days) of Shawwal, it is like fasting all the time.” [Muslim]
15. Fasting three days each month. “Whoever fasts three days each month, it s like fasting all the time.” [at-Tirmidhi]. This is supported by the verse, “Whoever comes with a good deed for him is a tenfold [reward].” One day being equal to ten days.
16. Providing food for breaking of the fast: “Whoever provides food for breaking of the fast of a fasting person receives the reward of the fasting person, without the reward of the fasting person being reduced in any way.” [at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah]
17. Standing in prayer on Laylatul-Qadr. “Laylatul Qadr is better than a thousand months” [Qur’an 97:3], that is, superior to approximately 83 years of worship.
18. Jihad. “Standing of a man in a row (saff) in the way of Allah is superior to 60 years of worship.” [al-Hakim, classed as Saheeh by al-Albani] This is the superiority of standing in a row, so what about one who fights in the way of Allah for days, or Months, or years?
19. Ribaat. “Whoever takes a post (at borders of Muslim lands, where an enemy may be expected) for a day and night in the way of Allah has the reward of fasting and standing in prayer for a month, and whoever dies in such a state receives a continuous reward similar to it, and is [also] rewarded with provision and saved from al-Fattaan.” [Related by Muslim] Al-Fattaan is punishment of the grave.
20. Righteous actions in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. “There are no days in which righteous deeds are dearer to Allah than these ten [days of Dhul Hijjah].” They said, “O Messenger, even jihad in the way of Allah?” He said, “Not even jihad in the way of Allah, except for the man who leaves with his wealth, and does not return with any of it (life or wealth).” [al-Bukhari]
21. Frequent recitation of Qur’anic soorahs. “Qul Huwa’Llahu Ahad” is equal to a third of the Qur’an and “Qul yaa ayyuha’l Kaafiroon” is equal to a fourth of the Qur’an.” [at-Tabarani, classed as Saheeh by Al-Albani]
22. Al-Istighfaar. “Whoever seeks forgiveness for believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man ad believing woman.” [at-Tabarani, classed as Hasan by Al-Albani]
23. Fulfilling people’s needs. “That I walk with my Muslim brother in [fulfilling his] need is dearer to me than being in i`tikaf in the masjid for a month.” [Ibn Abi Dunya, classed as Hasan by al-Albani]
24. Dhikr. . That I say ‘Subhaan Allah, wal-Hamdu li’Llah, wa laa ilaaha ill Allahu wa’Llahu Akbar’ is dearer to me than what the sun has risen upon.. [Muslim] ” Whoever enters a market and says: ‘Laa ilaaha ill Allah waHdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul mulku wa lahul Hamdu yuHyi wa yumeetu wa huwa Hayyun laa yamoot, bi yadihil khayr, wahuwa `alaa kulli shay’in qadeer’ [there is nothing worthy of worship but Allah, He is alone without partner, to Him belongs dominion and praise, he causes life and death and He is the Living and does not die. In His Hand is all the good, and He is over all things competent.] Allah will write for him a million good deeds, erase a million of his bad deeds and raise him a million levels.”[at-Tirmidhi, classed as Hasan by al-Albani] There are many other words of rememberance which are rewarded abundandtly, as is well known.
”There are two blessings which many people lose: good health and free time.” [al-Bukhari]
MUSLIMS: BURDENED THE LEAST, REWARDED THE MOST
The Muslim Creed – Vol. 9 No. 8
Ibn Umar narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, what translated means, “The Example of you (Muslims) as compared to the example of the People of the Two Books (Christians and Jews) (in Allah’s Sight) is the example of a man who hired some workers, then said, ‘Who would like to work for me from morning until midday for a Qirat (a great deal [of gold in this case])?’ The Jews agreed, [and they worked until midday, until they were exhausted, so they were given a Qirat each]. He then said, ‘Who would like to work for me for a Qirat until the afternoon?’ The Christians (agreed and therefore) worked (and received a wage of a Qirat of gold each). He then said, ‘Who would like to work for me from the afternoon until sunset for two Qirats?’ He (the Prophet) said, ‘You (Muslims) are they.’ The Jews and the Christians then became angry, saying, ‘How come we do more work, yet receive less wages?’ He (Allah) said, ‘Did I withhold any of your agreed-upon compensation?’ They said, ‘No..’ He said, ‘Then this is My Grace, I award it to whom I will.’” [Al-Bukhari narrated the Hadith without the addition between brackets].
In his book, Fat’h Al-Bari, Imam ibn ‘Hajar commented on this Hadith, “This Hadith affirms the virtue of this Nation and the completeness of its reward, although the task is less burdensome.” Indeed, it is Allah’s Bounty on our Muslim Ummah that He awarded its members the greatest rewards, even though the task and acts of worship they are obliged to perform are the least burdensome. Therefore, the Muslim Ummah has the lowest burden, yet will receive the greatest rewards, by Allah’s Grace. Prophet Mohammad, Salla Allahu Alayhi Wasallam, the last and final Messenger of Allah, is the best person to have ever walked on the face of the earth. Hence, it is natural that his Nation, the Muslims, along with receiving the best rewards, has acquired the status of the best Nation to have ever been raised for mankind. Allah said, what translated means: O you who believe (in Moses [the Jews], and in Jesus [the Christians])! Fear Allah, and believe too in His Messenger (Mohammad), He will give you a double portion of His Mercy, and He will give you a light by which you shall walk (straight), and He will forgive you. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [57:28].
This subject reminds one with the story of a companion of the Messenger of Allah, Amr ibn Thabit, who was permitted entry into Paradise even though he had not performed even one prayer. Abu Hurayrah said, “Amr had a Riba (money he invested in usury, which Islam strictly prohibits) during the time of Jahiliyyah (before Islam), so he disliked to embrace Islam before receiving his Riba (interest). On the Day of the battle U’hud, he came to Madinah and said, ‘Where are my cousins?’ They said, ‘At (the area of) U’hud (fighting in battle).’ He said, ‘Where is Fulan (such and such fellow)?’ They said, ‘At U’hud.’ He then wore his shield, rode on his horse and headed towards them. When the Muslims saw him, they said, ‘Get away from us, O Amr!’ He said, ‘I have become a Mu’min (meaning a Muslim).’ He then fought until he sustained several injuries and was taken to his family.. Saa’d ibn Mu’ath later came to his sister and said to her, ‘Ask him: Was it (meaning your fighting with us) for the sake of your people (not for Islam), or for Allah, the Exalted? He said, ‘Rather, in anger for Allah and His Messenger!’ So he died and was awarded Paradise, although he did not perform even one prayer for Allah.”
In another narration, a man came to the Messenger of Allah, saying, “O Messenger of Allah! Should I fight or embrace Islam first?” He said, “Embrace Islam, then fight.” So he embraced Islam, then fought and was killed. The Messenger of Allah then commented, “He has done a little work, yet received a great reward.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim].
It is Allah’s Mercy that He made the Islamic obligations easy to fulfill, yet He gives tremendous rewards for this little amount of work, as is evident from the following facts:
1 — Mohammad, Salla Allahu Alayhi Wasallam, became a Prophet of Allah when he was forty years old, and he died when he was sixty three. Yet, his righteous works and the tremendous benefits that mankind got from these short years are more abundant and successful than the works of all the prophets before him, peace be upon them all. Noah, the first Messenger of Allah, went on calling his nation unto Allah for 999 years. Yet, only a handful of his people believed in him, as Allah has said, what translated means, And it was inspired to Nu’h (Noah), “None of your people will believe except those who have believed already. So be not sad because of what they used to do.”[11:36], and, And none believed with him, except a few. [11:40].
2 — Laylat Al-Qadr, meaning the Night of the Decree, which Allah called “the Blessed Night,” during which Allah divides the provisions and appoints the age limits for the coming year. Allah made the acts of worship during this blessed night better than worshipping Him for a thousand months, when He said, The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months. [97:3].
This means that Laylat Al-Qadr is better than eighty three years and four months. Also, the Messenger of Allah said about this night, “Whoever performs Qiyam (prayer at night) during Laylat Al-Qadr, with Iman (Faith) and I’htisab (seeking the reward with Allah alone), and indeed does not miss it (meaning that night was indeed Laylat Al-Qadr), he will have his previous sins forgiven.” [Ad-Darimi]. One stands up in prayer for one night, yet he gains the rewards of over eighty years of worship. This is why the Prophet said about Laylat Al-Qadr, “He who misses its good (by not worshipping Allah during it), will have lost (a great deal).” [Ahmad & An-Nasaii].
3 — The Day of ‘Arafah, the 9th day in the lunar month of Thul-’Hijjah, is a great day about which the Prophet said, “Fasting the Day of ‘Arafah brings about forgiveness for the previous and the coming years.” [Muslim]. Fasting for one day, the Day of ‘Arafah that is, brings about Allah’s forgiveness for two full years, except for major sins. This is certainly a great reward from Allah.
4 — The Thikr of Allah, meaning remembering Allah by praising, thanking and appreciating Him and by worshipping Him in Taw’hid (Islamic Monotheism). This deed is easy to perform, yet its rewards with Allah are bountiful. The Messenger of Allah said, what translated means, “Two easy words for the tongue, yet heavy in the Mizan (the Scale of good deeds versus evil deeds) and dear to Ar-Ra’hman (the Most Beneficent): Sub’hana-Llahi wa Bi-’Hamdihi (all the praises are due to Allah, and the thanks), Sub’hana-Llahi Al-’Atheem (all praises are due to Allah, the Great).” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim].
He also said, “Saying, Sub’hana-Llah (all the praise is due to Allah), wal ‘Hamdu Li-Llah (all the thanks be to Allah), wa La Ilaha Illa-Llah (there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah), Wallahu Akbar (Allah is the Great), is better to me than all what the sun has risen upon.” [Muslim]. In another narration, the Prophet said that such words are, “Better to me than this Dunya (the life of this world) and all that which is in it.” So imagine how great Allah’s Mercy is for His believing slaves.
The Muslim Ummah is the best nation to have ever been raised for mankind. Allah has bestowed many bounties on this Ummah, including having the best rewards and the least burden. We previously mentioned a Hadith in which the Messenger of Allah, Salla Allahu Alayhi Wasallam, demonstrates the great bounty of Allah that He has made the rewards for fulfilling the Islamic obligations greater than that of the nations that existed before the Muslim Nation. We will now continue with men-tioning several other facts that indicate that Allah made the Islamic obligations easy to fulfill, yet carrying the biggest rewards from Him, Allah willing.
5 — As for the prayer, at first and during Laylat Al-Mi’raj, meaning the night of the Messenger’s ascent to heaven, Allah obliged Muslims to pray fifty times a day. Then He decreased the number to five, saying, as the Hadith states, “They are five in number, fifty in reward.” [Al-Bukhari]. Muslims only pray five times a day, which does not actually take more than a total of one half hour to perform. Yet, they gain the reward for fifty prayers, a Grace and a Mercy from Allah.
6 — The Messenger of Allah said, what translated means, “He who prays on a Janazah (of a dead Muslim) will gain a Qirat. He who waits until it is buried will gain two Qirats, and the two Qirats are just like two huge mountains (of re-wards).” [Ahmad]. Praying on the Janazah and then following the funeral procession until the Muslim dead is buried, is not much work. Yet, the reward for this act is equal to two huge mountains. This is why ibn Umar felt sorrow when he heard this Hadith, saying, “By Allah! We have lost many Qirats (meaning we missed attending many Janazahs).”
7 — The following Hadith is among the unique Hadiths of the Prophet. He said, what translated means, “He who prays Fajr (dawn prayer) with the Jama’ah (in congregation), then sits down remembering Allah until the sun rises, then prays two Rak’ahs, will acquire the reward of a Hajj that is complete, complete, complete.” [At-Tirmithi]. Therefore, one can gain the reward of a Hajj (pilgrimage) or Umrah (visiting the House of Allah in Mak-kah), while praying at the neighborhood Masjid. What a great reward, and how many people are unaware of such a reward!
8 — The Messenger of Allah makes one eager for Paradise when reading what he said, which translated means, “Whoever prays for Allah twelvevoluntary Rak’ahs (four Rak’as before Thuhr, two after it, two after Maghrib, two after Ishaa’ and two before Fajr) in a day and a night, Allah will build a house for him in Paradise.” [Muslim]. To gain such a house, one does not need money or building contractors, nor will he experience tiresome or hardship. Only praying a total of twelve voluntary Rak’ahs in a day and a night. These prayers take only a few minutes from one’s time, yet their reward is tremendous.
After mentioning these few example, and there are certainly many more, Muslims should now feel eager to worship Allah and to taste how sweet it is to worship Him. The Messenger of Allah said, what translated means, “From your Dunya (the life of this world), I was made to like At-Tib (eastern perfume) and women (in marriage), and the comfort of my eye was made in the prayer.” [Ahmad & An-Nasaii].. Also, whenever the Prophet got concerned about a matter, he used to rush to perform the prayer. He used to say to Bilal, “O Bilal! Bring comfort to us by it,” meaning the prayer, as Bilal used to call the Athan, which is the call to prayer, for the Messenger of Allah. There are many people who feel lazy with regards to performing the various acts of worship, because of following desires and the whispers of Satan the cursed. To such people we give the following advice:
1 — One ought to appreciate the great rewards that Allah has prepared for those who do righteous good deeds. Although these rewards are a matter of the unseen, Allah has praised those who believe in the unseen in the Quran, A guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqun (the pious and righteous persons who fear Allah much). Who believe in the Ghayb (the Unseen) [2:2-3].
2 — Muslims are required to perform Jihad An-Nafs (striving against Satan and one’s own desires) and to compel themselves to worship Allah as much they can, while being patient during all this. Allah willing, the best outcome will result from one’s holding himself accounted for his deed and exercising patience while worshipping Allah. When one performs this type of Jihad, he will receive what Allah has promised for the believers, As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths (Allah’s Religion – Islamic Monotheism) [29:69].
One should not fall prey to laziness or tiredness, all the while knowing how many doors to do good works are open for him. When the person misses all these tremendous opportunities, he will not benefit from blaming others for his mistakes. We ask Allah to grant us good righteous knowledge and then good implementation of this knowledge. We also pray to Him to purify our speech, and to end our deeds with the best type of deeds there is, for He is the Most Generous, Most Gracious.