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The Most Beloved Deeds to Allah

4 April 2017 ican_course No Comments

By Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali on his book “The Journey to Allah”


The Prophet (saw) indicated the most beloved of deeds to Allah in the hadiths of Aishah and Abu Hurairah quoted at the beginning of this treatise. They are of two types:

1) Those that are done continuously and persistently, even if they be few.

This was the description of the deeds of the Prophet (saw), and the deeds of his family and wives after him. He would prohibit the severance of deeds saying to Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-As, “Do not be like such-and-such a person who used to pray by night and then left it.” [Bukhari & Muslim]
He (saw) said, “The supplication of one of you will be answered so long as he is not hasty and impatient, saying, ‘I have supplicated and supplicated but have not been answered,’ so he despairs and abandons the supplication.” [Bukhari & Muslim]
Al-Hasan said, ‘When Shaytan looks at you and sees you persistent in your obedience to Allah, Mighty and Magnificent, he will do his utmost to deceive you; if he still sees you persistent, he will give up on you and leave. However, if he sees you alternating between this and that, he will have hope in you.’

2) Those deeds that are done with steadiness, balance, and ease as opposed to those that entail hardship and undue striving.

Allah, Exalted is He, says,

Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hard ship for you. [Al-Baqarah:185]
Allah does not wish to place you in a difficulty. [Al-Maidah:6]
He has chosen you and has not laid upon you in religion any hardship. [Al-Hajj:78]
The Prophet (saw) would say, “Make things easy and do not make them difficult.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

He (saw) said, “You have been sent to make things easy, you have not been sent to make things difficult.” [Bukhari & Abu Dawud]

Ahmad records on the authority of ibn Abbas that it was asked of the Messenger of Allah (saw), ‘Which of the religions is most beloved to Allah?’ He replied, “The easy and natural religion.” [Bukhari & Ahmad]
Ahmad records on the authority of Mihjan ibn al-Adra that the Prophet (saw) entered the Masjid to see a man standing in prayer. He asked, “Do you think him to be truthful?” It was said, ‘Prophet of Allah, this is so-and-so, he is the best of the residents of Madinah and the most frequent of them in prayer!’ He said, “Do not let him hear you lest you render him to ruin – he said it two or three times – you are a nation from whom ease is desired.” [Ahmad]

Another narration has the wording, “The best part of your religion is the easiest of it.” [Ahmad] Another narration has the wording, “You will not attain this matter through excess and trying to over come it.” [Ahmad]

This Hadith was also recorded by Humayd ibn Zanjaway and his version adds, “…do such actions as you are able to bear, for Allah does not stop (rewarding you) until you grow tired and give up, and upon you is a journey [to Allah] at the beginning of the day, at the end of the day, and a portion of the latter part of the night.” [First part also recorded by Bukhari]

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Key Vocabulary:

persistently : terus menerus
steadiness : teguh
balance : seimbang


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