Every deed counts

[That which is good, as soon as it is within your ability, do it. Do not defer it or think it low for all good deeds done for the sake of Allah is great. That which is bad, avoid it as no disobedience against Allah is light if He so wishes to hold us to account - Saif]

One mistake which generally the careless make, is that they consider some good deeds to be lowly and do not save themselves from some deeds they know to be bad.

Some deeds are good but Shaytan misleads with [saying], ‘The work that are major which need to be done, you do not do! So what is the worth of doing this [good].’ Similarly, sometime in regards to bad deeds he says, ‘You do not let go of the major bad deeds. Having that, what is you piety worth?’

Remember! Do not consider any good deed as lowly, rather as soon as you have the ability, act upon immediately. Nor, do any bad deeds by thinking it meagre, rather save yourself from it.

In the hadith it has come that the prophet of Allah said,

‘O Aysha! Do not consider any good deeds as low for there is reward for it with Allah and do not consider any bad deed as meagre for there is punishment for it with Allah.’

Some people were forgiven due to a good deed that they did not even envisage.

There is a story in the Hadith. There was a prostitute who was passing a jungle when she saw a dog dying of thirst. She felt mercy so she went to the well but there was no bucket or rope. She removed her leather socks, tied it to her scarf, removed water with it and fed it to the dog; it got life. This was the only good deed she done in her life and Allah almighty forgave her on that action alone.

Some were forgiven due to removing a harmful item from the street. This has come in the hadith,

Iman has seventy odd branches. The finest of these is to say, ‘There is none worthy of worship but Allah’ and the smallest is the removal of harm from the street.

Posted in ijtima.org, note 79 (10 Muh 1434). Originally published in Amal al-Zarrah (18 Jumada II, 1334) in Khutbat Hakim al-Ummat (1425). Hakim al-Ummat Ashraf Ali Thanwi. Zamzam Book Depo; Deoband, India. v.2 p. 523-524

Translated by Muhammad Saifur Rahman Nawhami