Monday, 20 November 2017

Admiring Oneself After Doing a Good Deed

If after doing a good deed, a person feels self-admiration or feels to show off, he must ward that off and resist doing so by seeking refuge in Allah. 

Such feeling can happen to anyone and everyone. One must always remember to be sincere towards doing good. Keep intentions pure. Seek Allah's forgiveness and always remember that if it was not for Allah aza wa jal we would not be able to do any of it. There is no power, no strength except with Allah. Always praise Allah for his favors.
Reported from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

“Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika an ushrika bika wa ana a’lam, wa’staghfiruka lima laa a’lam (O Allaah, I seek refuge with you from knowingly associating anything with You, and I seek Your forgiveness for that of which I am unaware)” recite this dua often, if you feel to show off.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to Mu’aadh ibn Jabal: “O Mu’aadh, by Allaah indeed I love you, and I advise you, O Mu’aadh, do not forget at the end of every prayer to say: Allaahumma a’inni ‘ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni ‘ibaaditika (O Allaah, help me to remember You, give thanks to You and worship You in the best way).” (Narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawood, al-Nasaa’i, and others; it is saheeh).

Never stop doing a good deed for the fear of showing off or mistaking joy with pride, because these are tactics that Shaytaan uses to weaken our iman and our resolve to do good that Allah loves. These are tricks of Shaytaan to take us away from Allah.

As for merely feeling happy that one has done a good deed, this does not contradict sincerity and faith, for Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Say: “In the Bounty of Allâh, and in His Mercy (i.e. Islâm and the Qur’ân); —therein let them rejoice.” That is better than what (the wealth) they amass” [Yoonus 10:58] – meaning if he attains guidance, faith, and righteous deeds, and the mercy resulting from that overwhelms him and he feels joy and success as a result. Hence Allaah commanded us to rejoice over such things.

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The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If your good deeds make you happy and your bad deeds make you sad, then you are a believer.” (Narrated by Ahmad, Ibn Majah and others from the hadeeth of Abu Umaamah; it is a saheeh hadeeth).

If people praise you for your good deed, then this is a portion of the glad tidings of the Hereafter, which Allaah gives a person in this world. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked, “What do you think if a man does a good deed and the people praise him for it?” He said: “That is the portion of the glad tidings for the believer which he is given in this world.” (Narrated by Muslim from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him).

So this praise is a sign that Allaah is pleased with him and loves him, so He makes him dear to other people.
We ask Allaah to make our intentions and deeds right.
The rewards of our good deeds lietakabur in your intentions.
in our intentions. Never bring pride and

 Do so for the sake of Allah, but never for worldly gains.

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