Ramadan: Ayah of the Day #2

Today I am sharing these two Ayaat from Surah Al Zalzalah which are bound to be taken and understood together. We as humans have a tendency to belittle something trivial into an absolute nothingness. Allah reminds us in these two ayaat the importance of these small, apparently insignificant things, which include both the good deeds and the bad deeds.

So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.

(Az Zalzalah 99: 7-8)

Nothing goes waste or unaccounted for in the sight of Allah swt. Not your good deeds, however small, they might seem to you. Not your bad deeds, however insignificant they may look to you.

Lets take the good deeds first. Allah swt says, no matter how small a good thing you do is, it shall be taken into account, and written down for you as a good deed. And you shall have its reward. Small things, like smiling, meeting your friends, family and neighbors with a cheerful face; these are not really a big deal and am sure a lot of you would cross them off your list of good deeds. But Allah swt promises to take them all into account. These small acts of kindness, be them of a size of an atom, a speck of dust, will be added to your Book of Records. Don’t brush them off so lightly. On the Day of Judgment, we will all be in need of some Brownie points and these small acts of virtue are just that πŸ™‚ Remember the hadeeth wherein a prostitute, had all her sins forgiven, just by feeding water to a thirsty dog. Something you would not think about, or just think and not do, but here it is, for this one act of kindness, she was written among the people of the Paradise.

So, never ever give up on doing these small acts of kindness and virtues. Smiling, helping strangers, opening a door maybe for an older man/woman, giving charity, even if all you have is a single date to offer, just being nice and polite, are all good deeds that we can daily add to our accounts. Expect no thank yous, no glories from these acts, people might not even notice them, or for that you wouldn’t yourself think that they account for something, but know that Allah knows everything and your reward lies with Him. So keep going. And what better time to start or increase them than in Ramadan wherein each good deed is multiplied in reward.

Now, for the second verse concerning the bad deeds or the little sins we so often neglect as something insignificant. Be aware, they too are held in account by Allah.Β  One bad deed leads to another, till you fall into minor sins. These ‘one timers’, apparently ‘just a mistake’ need to be much taken care of. Once you let them in, and persist in them again and again, there is no going out. The small sins are like the fire stock that you gather inside of your heart. One by one they pile up and what started as seemingly ‘not a big deal’ and ‘just this last time’, will have added up to a mountain of stock. Before you even know it, you will find yourself in some major sin, may Allah swt protect us all, which will light the fire and you will be completely destroyed. So keep yourself on guard, there is no such thing as ‘one time’, ‘one last time’, ‘I will be able to control myself’ in these small sins, they are a tactic of Satan to doom you. Be strong and say No to them in the first instance these thoughts come up, seek refuge in Allah from satan and his whisperings, and in sha Allah, you will find yourself protected and saved.

That being said, what we should take from these two Ayaat is, that we should keep doing good, even if there seems no return to your kindness, or you think it is not good enough, keep pushing yourself and keep doing it. Good deeds are like seeds sown in a garden of your heart. The more seeds you plant, the more you nurture them with love and patience, the more beautiful it will grow into πŸ™‚

May Allah swt accept our good deeds and help us add more of them to our records. May He swt make us among those whose Book of Records is given to them in the right hand. May Allah swt protect us from falling into sin and into the tricks and whisperings of the satan. May Allah swt make it easy for us to become the better Muslims.

Ameen.

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