Simple Acts Of Kindness Could Lead You To Jannah

Simple Acts Of Kindness Could Lead You To Jannah

Today, I thought I’d cover acts of kindness. World Kindness Day is just around the corner. Not only that, but I’ve been reading about how important acts of kindness are in Islam.

There are some great ahadith that show how even the smallest of good deeds can be accepted by Allah. These simple acts of kindness could lead you to Jannah. They’re easy things that every one of us can do.

To find out how, keep reading.

Kindness To Animals

Allah grants hasanat (reward) for being kind to every living creature. Through being merciful to others, Allah can show mercy to you by forgiving you for your sins.

A hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari tells of how a prostitute was forgiven for providing water to a dehydrated stray dog through her shoe.

Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “A prostitute was forgiven by Allah, because, passing by a panting dog near a well and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover she drew out some water for it. So, Allah forgave her because of that.” Sahih al-Bukhari

Prostitution is a major sin in Islam. But how great is the mercy of Allah! Because of this small act of kindness, Allah forgave her sins.

Maybe in that moment she realised that she was in need of Allah’s mercy more than the dog was in need of water. Its as though she had a moment of connection with Allah, thinking in her mind, “O Allah, at least reward me for this deed.”

It just goes to show that one small act of kindness could be accepted by Allah. What’s important is that our heart is connected with Allah.

Every Bit Counts

Allah stresses in the Qur’an that every act of kindness counts.

So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it,
And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it. Qur’an 99:7-8

Never trivialise any good deed that you’re doing. When you see an opportunity to do good, go for it. If Allah accepts any one deed from you, He has accepted all of your deeds.

Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin. Qur’an 4:48

Allah is selective about whom He chooses to forgive. He won’t forgive shirk (as its a major sin), but he may forgive lesser sins for whom He wills. He may even accept good deeds from the least pious of people.

Removing Something Harmful From The Path

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We should remove things blocking the way of others

A hadith in Sahih Muslim tells of a man who was forgiven and admitted to Paradise. Allah accepted his good deed, which was moving branches of a tree away from a path.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
A person while walking along the path saw the branches of a tree lying there. He said: By Allah, I shall remove these from this so that these may not do harm to the Muslims, and he was admitted to Paradise. Sahih Muslim

Did you know that removing something harmful from the path is a branch of faith?

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Faith has sixty-some or seventy parts, the least of which is to remove a harmful thing from the road and the greatest of which is to say La ilaha illalah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah). And modesty is a branch of faith.'” Sunan Ibn Majah

Next time we see:

  • Tree branches on the road (or anything blocking the road)
  • Broken glass
  • A wet floor where someone might slip

I hope you and I remember to go into Muslim mode and do something about it.

Iman (faith) and looking out for others’ wellbeing should go hand in hand.

Sacrificing Your Needs For Others

The next hadith tells of a financially poor woman. She was forgiven for sacrificing a date fruit for her starving daughters.

‘A’isha reported:
A poor woman came to me along with her daughters. I gave her three dates. She gave a date to each of them and then she took up one date and brought that to her mouth in order to eat that, but her daughters expressed desire to eat it. She then divided the date that she intended to eat between them. This (kind) treatment of her impressed me and I mentioned that which she did to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ). Thereupon he said: Verily Allah has assured Paradise for her, because of (this act) of her, or He has rescued her from Hell-Fire. Sahih Muslim

How great was this mother’s great act of kindness.

Even though she was hungry and poor – she had very little for herself – she put the well-being of her daughters first.

This is an important reminder to always say alhamdulillah for the mother figures that we have in our lives. We may never know the extent of the sacrifices that they’ve had to make in order to keep us well and happy.

Other Acts Of Kindness

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Take every opportunity that you have to do good

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Every joint of a person must perform a charity each day that the sun rises: to judge justly between two people is a charity. To help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity. And the good word is a charity. And every step that you take towards the prayer is a charity, and removing a harmful object from the road is a charity.” 40 Hadith Nawawi

These are all great acts of charity that we can incorporate into our lives.

Our goal should be to rise in the ranks of this world and in Jannah. In order to do that, we need to strengthen our relationship with Allah. Acts of kindness can take us there.

The Importance Of Maintaining Faith

Now, this is an important part of this post.

In reading about the mercy of Allah, we shouldn’t then start neglecting other parts of our deen. Don’t start thinking, “Well, I can just abandon everything else now. I rescued a spider today” or “I helped move some branches away from the path.”

‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As (May Allah be pleased with them) said:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “He who desires to be rescued from the fire of Hell and to enter Jannah, should die in a state of complete belief in Allah and the Last Day, and should do unto others what he wishes to be done unto him.” Riyad as-Salihin

We still need to keep our iman strong, and perform our obligatory duties of performing salah and fasting in Ramadan. We still need to perform Hajj if we’re able to.

It’s Allah’s Mercy That Grants Us Jannah

Jabir reported:
I heard Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) as saying: None of you would get into Paradise because of his good deeds alone, and he would not be rescued from Fire, not even I, but because of the Mercy of Allah. Sahih Muslim

None of us are actually really deserving of Jannah. Not even the prophets of Allah. We all sin. Its only through the mercy of Allah that we’re granted Jannah and not Jahannam.

We Need To Work To Save Ourselves From Jahannam

‘A’isha reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
Every one of the children of Adam has been created with three hundred and sixty joints; so he who declares the Glory of Allah, praises Allah, declares Allah to be One, Glorifies Allah, and seeks forgiveness from Allah, and removes stone, or thorn, or bone from people’s path, and enjoins what is good and forbids from evil, to the number of those three hundred and sixty joints, will walk that day having saved himself from the Fire. Sahih Muslim

We don’t know for sure if Allah is pleased with us or not. Or that He will overlook our sins for a good deed of ours.

That’s why we need to do every bit we can to keep ourselves on the straight path.

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #KindnessDay. Spread kindness like confetti!

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