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We have phones so we can contact our family and friends from wherever we are. But when we’re gone, the phones are of no use to us. We can’t call anyone from the grave. 

We have cars to get us from A to B. But when we’re gone, the cars are of no use to us. We can’t drive those cars to bring us back. 

Good deeds (and the ajir/reward from them) are the only things we need in this life, and can also take with us when we’re gone. 

“Whatever is with you, will be exhausted, and whatever is with Allah (of good deeds) will remain.” – (Quran 16:96)

We may want and need these things in this Dunya, but we also need ajir and thawab to help us in our journey to Allah (swt), to gain the Akhira, to enter Jannah. 

So why not try and find ways to get ajir even after you’ve left the Dunya. As Rasul Allah (salAllahu alaihi wa sallam) says:

“When a man dies, his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge and righteous offspring who will pray for him.” (Sahih Muslim)

Here are 7 examples of such deeds:

  1. Give a copy of the Quran to someone. Each time one reads from it, you gain
  2. Donate a wheelchair to a hospital. Each time a sick person uses it, you gain
  3. Participate in welfare projects, eg, building a Masjid, hospital, school, a homeless shelter
  4. Place a water cooler in a public place
  5. Plant a tree, you gain whenever a person or animal sits in its shade or eats from it
  6. Pass on your knowledge to others who will benefit and also pass it on to generations
  7. Raise your children with high Islamic values so that InshAllah they will be righteous and do the same, and pray for you

And a bonus 8th deed is to share this message with everyone you know. Even if one person applies any of the above, you will gain InshAllah.

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Sometimes we get asked why Friday is important in Islam and we can only answer with a blank face. But after reading this compliation of ahadith, InshAllah you will know some of the jewels of Jummah.

 

1) The Prophet (saw) said, “The best day on which the sun has ever risen is Friday; on that day, Adam was created, he was admitted to Paradise, and he was expelled from there.” He has also said, “Among the best of your days is Friday. On that day, invoke blessings on me frequently, for your blessings are presented to me.” – Sahih Muslim

 

2) Rasul-Allah (SAW) said, “The Sun does not rise nor set on a day that is better than Friday, and there is no creature that is not scared of Friday except for humans and jinns.” They are afraid because Judgment Day will be on a Friday.

 

3) Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet (SAW) said, “There is a time on Friday at which a Muslim, while he is offering Salat and is supplicating, will be granted whatever he is asking for.” He indicated with his hands that this period of time is very short – Sahih Bukhari (some say this time is from when the Imam leading the Friday prayer enters the masjid until the salah is over, some say it is the last hour of the day, that being after Asr and before Maghrib, but it is unknown. This should encourage us to make efforts in worship throughout the day.

 

4) “On Fridays, angels will be sent to the doors of the Masjid to write down the names of the people who enter the Masjid. When the Imam goes to the pulpit, they close their books, put down their pens, and start asking each other: ‘what has kept so and so from coming to Juma’ah?’ They then pray: ‘Oh Allah, if so and so is misguided, please guide him, and if he is sick, please cure him, and if he is needy, please enrich him.’” – Sahih Bukhari 

 

5) Rasulullah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “The word “shaahid” refers to Friday . There is no day more virtuous than Friday. There is such an hour in this day that no Muslim will make dua in it except that his dua will be accepted. And he does not seek protection from anything except that Allah Ta’ala will grant him protection . ” (Tirmidhi) The word “shaahid” appears in Surah Burooj . Allah Ta’ala has taken an oath of that day. He says in the Quran:

“By the sky in which there are constellations .By the promised day (of judgement). By the day that witnesses (Friday), and the day that is witnessed (day of Arafah). “

 

6) Rasulullah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “The Muslim who passes away on the night or during the day of Friday, Allah Ta’ala saves him from the punishment of the grave . ” (Tirmidhi)

 

7) Rasulullah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “Friday is the “mother” of all days and the most virtuous in the sight of Allah Ta’ala. In the sight of Allah Ta’ala it has more greatness than Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Ad’haa.” (Ibn Majah)

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