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Righteous deeds

*Summary of Iṣlāḥī Majlis by Shaykhul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlāna Ādam ibn Yūsuf Ṣāḥib دامت بركاته*

26th July 2020 | 5th Zul Hijjah 1441AH

مولاي صلي وسلم دائمًا أبدًا

على حبيبك خير الخلق كلهم

*عن أَنَسٍ رضي الله عنه قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏"‏إِذَا أَرَادَ الله بِعَبْدٍ خَيْرًا اسْتَعْمَلَهُ"‏.‏ فَقِيلَ كَيْفَ يَسْتَعْمِلُهُ يَا رَسُولَ الله قَالَ "‏يُوَفِّقُهُ لِعَمَلٍ صَالِحٍ قَبْلَ الْمَوْتِ"*

_Anas رضي الله عنه narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ‎ said: "When Allah ﷻ wants good for a slave (male or female), He puts him into action." It was said: "How does he put him into action Oh Messenger Of Allah ﷺ‎?" He said: "By granting him the ability to perform righteous deeds before death."_ (Tirmidhī 2142)

Death is sudden; it can come at any time. We do not know at what age we will pass away. Some will pass away when young, others when old. And nobody except Allah ﷻ knows where we will pass away. Allah ﷻ says:

*{وَمَا تَدْرِى نَفْسٌۢ بِأَىِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌۢ}*

_ "And no soul perceives in what land it will die. Indeed, Allah is All-Knowing, All-aware" (Luqmān 34)_

The knowledge of Allah ﷻ is unlike any human being. Humans are by nature powerless and helpless. We cannot control when we will pass away. A lot of people have passed away at a young age. But if we develop and strengthen our relationship with Allah ﷻ, then Allah ﷻ will bless us with the ability to do good deeds before our appointed time arrives.

Haḍrat mentioned a story from his days teaching at a Madrasah (in India). There was a young student who had just made amendments to his life and started getting closer to Allah ﷻ.

He adopted good Akhlāq (mannerism) and would constantly be in the service of others. He had a humble attitude, displayed no arrogance and did not boast of any of his deeds. Most of his good deeds were done in privacy. He would secretly listen to the Qur'ān. Ḥaḍrat once requested him to lead the ṣalāh which he humbly agreed to, leading it in a beautiful manner. A few months later he developed a high fever and whilst on his death bed, he was heard murmuring some words. As the people around bent down to listen to him, they heard him recite Sūrah Yāsīn from the beginning to the end. As soon as he finished the last Āyah, his soul left the world. Thus, as the Ḥadīth says, if we keep connected to Allah ﷻ then we too will be blessed with tawfīq (ability) to perform good deeds before we pass away.

On a side note, self conceit and arrogance over our good actions will make them void and destroyed. We will gain no reward from it. Shayṭān whispers to us 'MāshāAllah you do so much, you do this, you do that, you’re so great.." and sometimes we may even expose some of our good deeds to others. This is completely wrong.

We must never show our good deeds to others. The only time we can share the good deeds we do is when a teacher or shaykh explains to their students in order to demonstrate an example for them to follow.

The good deeds which will remain with us and benefit us in the Hereafter are the deeds we kept hidden out of sincerity. Exposing our good deeds and showing off will only destroy them. Therefore, we must conceal our deeds. However, if Allah ﷻ makes it apparent to others himself, then, in that case, we will not be deemed as showing off.

Showing off our deeds is a form of shirk (polytheism). Shaiṭān being our external enemy and nafs being the internal enemy, both try to push us astray in this manner. Therefore guard the nafs! It is most stubborn, maybe more stubborn than a tied-up animal which is trying to escape. Learn to train it and tame it. Today we wear masks to guard ourselves against the virus. We should also try to wear the spiritual mask and guard our tongues against speaking Ḥarām. We should avoid speaking unnecessarily, otherwise, we will end up saying such things that we will be held accountable for. If we recorded everything that we spoke for an entire day, we would realise that there are many things that we should not have said (in regret).

To live a long life which is in accordance with the Sharīah is a blessing. And then to pass away in a beautiful state is the greatest of blessings which will awaken us to the worthless reality of this world. During those final moments of life, if we lived our life as we should have, we will be yearning to meet Allah ﷻ. As the Messenger ﷺ would make Du'ā'

*اللهُمَّ إذَا أَقْرَرْتَ أَعْيُنَ أَهْلِ الدُّنيَا مِنْ دُنيَاهُمْ فَاقْرِرْ عَيْنِيْ مِنْ عِبَادَتِكَ*

_"Oh Allah as You bring comfort to the eyes of the people of the world with their worldly possessions, bring comfort to my eyes with Your obedience and worship."_

```May Allahﷻ grant us the ability to practise on everything that has been said. Āmīn```

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