Lazying Around (Hadith No. 2535)
Hadith no. 2534 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 139 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
I went along with the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) to Khaibar so as to serve him. (Later on) when the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) returned he, on seeing the Uhud mountain, said, “This is a mountain that loves us and is loved by us.” Then he pointed to Medina with his hand saying, “O Allah! I make the area which is in between Medina’s two mountains a sanctuary, as Abraham made Mecca a sanctuary. O Allah! Bless us in our Sa’ and Mudd (i.e. units of measuring).”
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 140 :
Narrated by Anas (radiallaahu `anhu)
We were with the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) (on a journey) and the only shade one could have was the shade made by one’s own garment. Those who fasted did not do any work and those who did not fast served the camels and brought the water on them and treated the sick and (wounded). So, the Prophet said, “Today, those who were not fasting took (all) the reward.”
Don’t miss out on the small good deeds just because you’re part of a bigger one. And don’t be lazy just because you’re fasting. :)
Say Sorry Now! (Hadith No. 2126)
Volume 3, Book 43, Number 629:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Whoever has oppressed another person concerning his reputation or anything else, he should beg him to forgive him before the Day of Resurrection when there will be no money (to compensate for wrong deeds), but if he has good deeds, those good deeds will be taken from him according to his oppression which he has done, and if he has no good deeds, the sins of the oppressed person will be loaded on him.”
Take action NOW! If you’ve hurt someone, talked bad about them behind their back, or wronged them in any way, say sorry now. Don’t take it lightly because you can’t afford to lose your good deeds on the Day of Judgement!
P.S. if someone apologizes to you, try forgiving them. Maybe Allah will forgive you your sins for doing so. :)
Good News for Converts! (Hadith No. 1216)
Hadith no. 1215 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.
Volume 2, Book 24, Number 516:
Narrated Abu Wail:
Hudhaifa said, “‘Umar said, ‘Who amongst you remembers the statement of Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) about afflictions’?’ I said, ‘I know it as the Prophet had said it.’ ‘Umar said, ‘No doubt, you are bold. How did he say it?’ I said, ‘A man’s afflictions (wrong deeds) concerning his wife, children and neighbors are expiated by (his) prayers, charity, and enjoining good.’ (The sub-narrator Sulaiman added that he said, ‘The prayer, charity, enjoining good and forbidding evil.’) ‘Umar said, ‘I did not mean that, but I ask about that affliction which will spread like the waves of the sea.’ I said, ‘O chief of the believers! You need not be afraid of it as there is a closed door between you and it.’ He asked, ‘Will the door be broken or opened?’ I replied, ‘No, it will be broken.’ He said, ‘Then, if it is broken, it will never be closed again?’ I replied, ‘Yes.’ ” Then we were afraid to ask what that door was, so we asked Masruq to inquire, and he asked Hudhaifa regarding it. Hudhaifa said, “The door was ‘Umar. “We further asked Hudhaifa whether ‘Umar knew what that door meant. Hudhaifa replied in the affirmative and added, “He knew it as one knows that there will be a night before the tomorrow morning.”
We get to know how a person gets all his past sins removed when he converts to Islam. That’s that. But what about the good that he used to do? Will he be rewarded for that or is that deleted as well along with the sins? Or does he get rewarded for it?
Volume 2, Book 24, Number 517:
Narrated Hakim bin Hizam (radiallaahu `anhu):
I said to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), “Before embracing Islam I used to do good deeds like giving in charity, slave-manumitting, and the keeping of good relations with Kith and kin. Shall I be rewarded for those deeds?” The Prophet replied, “You became Muslim with all those good deeds (Without losing their reward).”
Awesome, right? That’s Mercy! Special mercy Allah bestows on His believing slaves. L.O.V.E.
Capacity (Ahadith 950 – 951)
Volume 2, Book 21, Number 251r:
Narrated Anas bin Malik
Once the Prophet (p.b.u.h) entered the Mosque and saw a rope hanging in between its two pillars. He said, “What is this rope?” The people said, “This rope is for Zainab who, when she feels tired, holds it (to keep standing for the prayer.)” The Prophet said, “Don’t use it. Remove the rope. You should pray as long as you feel active, and when you get tired, sit down.”
Volume 2, Book 21, Number 251n:
A woman from the tribe of Bani Asad was sitting with me and Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) came to my house and said, “Who is this?” I said, “(She is) So and so. She does not sleep at night because she is engaged in prayer.” The Prophet said disapprovingly: Do (good) deeds which is within your capacity as Allah never gets tired of giving rewards till you get tired of doing good deeds.”
Volume 2, Book 21, Number 252:
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As:
Allah’s Apostle said to me, “O ‘Abdullah! Do not be like so and so who used to pray at night and then stopped the night prayer.”
It’s simple, really. What we tend to do is overdo stuff and get exhausted quickly. Say I got to know about the Sunnah of praying Tahajjud at night. I got so excited and motivated that I vowed to pray looooong rak`aat the whole night. I did it for one night, gave myself a tap on the back and felt good about it. Next night, again. And again. A few days later, I got so tired and exhausted that I left it completely.
There are several cons to this behavior. One of them is, that it lacks consistency. I did not continue the deed for long. I could not continue it, actually.
Narrated By ‘Aisha (RA) : The Prophet (SAW) was asked, “What deeds are loved most by Allah?” He (SAW) said, “The most regular constant deeds even though they may be few.” He (SAW) added, ‘Don’t take upon yourselves, except the deeds which are within your ability.”
[Bukhari: Vol 8, Book 76, Number 472]
So take it easy. Hold your horses. :P
Whatever you do, make sure you do it continually. Quantity doesn’t matter. Quality does.
Of Allah’s Mercy.. (Ahadith 923 – 924)
Volume 2, Book 21, Number 224:
The Prophet became sick and did not get up (for Tahajjud prayer) for a night or two.
Volume 2, Book 21, Number 225:
Narrated Jundab bin ‘Abdullah :
Gabriel did not come to the Prophet (for some time) and so one of the Quraish women said, “His Satan has deserted him.” So came the Divine Revelation: “By the forenoon And by the night When it is still! Your Lord (O Muhammad) has neither Forsaken you Nor hated you.” (93.1-3)
Tahajjud was, as we all know, compulsory for the Prophet (SAW). He used to offer it every night. But when he became sick, he did not (maybe could not) get up for it. He was a human. So are we. It happens sometimes that we miss out on our regular, habitual deeds due to sickness or traveling or any other exceptional situation. But look at the immense mercy of Allah. He still rewards us for those missed out deeds. :)
Prophet (SAW) said:
إِذَا مَرِضَ الْعَبْدُ أَوْ سَافَرَ، كُتِبَ لَهُ مِثْلُ مَا كَانَ يَعْمَلُ مُقِيمًا صَحِيحًا
When a slave falls ill or travels, then he will get reward similar to that he gets for good deeds practiced at home when in good health. [Bukhari]