Daily Archives: December 12, 2010

The ‘Bad’ Good Deeds (Hadith No. 90)


Struck by the title? Yes! There are some bad good deeds. I’ll explain..
The effects of our actions depend upon the situation we’re in. A certain action will be considered ‘good’ in a particular situation, and the same action will be considered ‘bad’ in another situation. Don’t get confused. Read on..

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 90:

Narrated Abu Mas’ud Al-Ansari:

Once a man said to Allah’s Apostle “O Allah’s Apostle! I may not attend the (compulsory congregational) prayer because so and so (the Imam) prolongs the prayer when he leads us for it. The narrator added: “I never saw the Prophet more furious in giving advice than he was on that day. The Prophet said, “O people! Some of you make others dislike good deeds (the prayers). So whoever leads the people in prayer should shorten it because among them there are the sick, the weak and the needy (having some jobs to do).”

You see, prolonging the prayer is an extremely good deed, but when the Imaam is leading the prayer, he’s supposed to shorten it because everyone can’t spare that much time in the prayer. So the same ‘extremely good’ deed becomes an extremely bad good deed. Instead of being rewarded, he will be punished for it. Reason being: because of him, men don’t want to attend congregational prayer at the mosque anymore.

Here’s how we can check if we’re guilty of these bad good deeds. Whatever you’re doing, ask yourself this:

Is  this really a good deed? Am I following the Quran and Sunnah? Are people attracted to Islam by my behavior or vice versa?

May Allah protect us from committing these bad good deeds. Ameen.

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