Allah (swt) says in Qur’an: ‘And be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, And for a Garden whose width is that of The Heavens And The Earth, Prepared for the Righteous.’ (3:133)
‘Go in Competition for Good deeds.’ (2:138)
By viewing these ayats of Qur’an we can see that Allah(swt) has ordered Muslims to rush towards performing good deeds. To such an extent that one should ‘compete’ with others in its application.
It is not unlawful to compete in matters in Deen, yet today we have taken the opposite approach and are competing with each other in worldly matters, which by no means is lawful, in most instances to the disregard of all religious obligations.
RasulAllah (saw) said: ‘In the matter of worldly resources always look at those who are at a lower level than you. In matters relating to religion, keep the company of those who are superior to you, and at a higher level than you.’ (Tirmizi)
Only through Obedience to the commands of Allah(swt) and the Sunnah of RasulAllah (saw) can one obtain ‘peace and prosperity’ in both worlds.
Imam Shafi(RA) used to say: ‘peace & prosperity are one thing and the means of peace & prosperity are another.’ This is because these two qualities in the life of a Muslim are a gift itself from Allah(swt).
Abu Hurairah(RA) relates that RasulAllah(swt) said: ‘ Make haste to do good deeds before the arrival of 7 things, as after their arrival the opportunity to do good will not be available: poverty, affluence, illness, old age, death, Dajjal, Qiyamah.’
The meaning being one should not defer good deeds for tomorrow as there is no telling what tomorrow my hold. Allah(swt) is the one who does as he wishes, who’s to say he will give the guidance to us tomorrow for good deeds or Islam even?.
Dear Bothers and Sisters let us continue with the good deeds we were carrying out in the month of Ramadan throughout the year so that we may become close to Allah (SWT).
Six fasts in the month of Shawwal.
It is commendable to keep six fasts in the month of Shawwal. RasulAllah(saw) has said: ‘Whoever completes fasts of Ramadan then adds to them the fast of six days in the month of Shawwal, it will carry the reward of fasting for the whole year.’
(Muslim) Note: these fasts can be kept consecutively or separate throughout the month of Shawwal. May Allah(swt) guide us to carry out good deeds in abundance, May Allah(swt) accept our actions and Duas, save us from his displeasure through his infinite Mercy in this world and the next. Aameen. Al-Kauthar.
Mufti Yusuf Danka Al-Kauthar