Friday 9 August 2019

10 Easy Ways to Earn Sawab - Thawab / Spiritual Rewards

Sawāb or Thawāb is an Arabic term meaning "reward". The earning of reward is more of spiritual nature than wordily gains. A true believer's entire life is lived to do good not for self but more for others, for only true believers can think of welfare of others than their own self.  

In fact a believer should mould his life in a manner that every act of his is aimed at being spiritually purified and benefited. Allah has always helped the believers to earn  Sawāb or Thawāb from even minor things one may not even otherwise noticed or made special efforts to earn a spiritual reward. And when it would come to the end of the day, at the time of weighing one's good and bad deeds on the Day of Judgment, one would be amazed to know hoe his small deeds have piled up and saved him from being punished.

How do we do it? Well it is very simple. If we make the following 10 guidelines our everyday habit, we shall be adding to our account of good deeds without even knowing. 

Here we go:

1) First and foremost thing that we should do is to begin everything by reciting "Bismillah," that is in the Name of Allah. Yes, this simple beginner will incorporate Allah in everything we do and will have His blessings beside us. So say Bismillah right first thing in the morning when getting up from the bed, commencing Wudu for morning prayers, before starting eating any thing or any meal and before commencing our journey or office work. If this routine is made one's habit,  unknowingly one would be rewarded both spiritually and wordily as well.

2) Thank Allah profusely by saying Alhamdulillah. When one has started his every chore, after completing that particular chore, one must Thank Allah by saying Alhamdulillah. That means after finishing one's meal, journey, any given task or even drinking a glass of water, one must thank Allah for having blessed him with that meal, while many around the world cannot even think of decent meal in days altogether.

Prophet Muhammad has been quoted as saying (Sahih Muslim):
Allah is pleased with the servant who thanks, Him after eating or drinking (When Allah is pleased with a servant He forgives his sins).
3) The pre dawn prayer is obligatory for every Muslim. So soon after finishing the prayer, one must Recite a portion of the Holy Quran. Even it is a verse or two, but one must open the Holy Qur'an and make it a daily routine to recite a few verses, understand their meaning and context under which these have revealed and try to act upon these to the best of one's abilities. Memorizing these verses will be an additional noble thing that one can do. By doing this over a period of time one would have memorized a sizable portion or even all of the Holy Qur'an.

Prophet of Allah has been quoted as saying:
O, Abu Zar! It is better for you to learn a single verse of Holy Quran in the morning rather pray hundreds of Rakaat of non obligatory prayer - (Ibn-e-Maja)
4) Giving what has been given to you by Allah is a blessing. Like it has been blessed unto you, you must extend part of it to others in Charity. and remember, charity is always to be given in secret. There are photos in newspapers people giving away alms or ration to the poor and having the act photographed. If the charity is made a show-off of one's wealth or one's so called humanitarian face. Well such act do not auger well with Allah, for charity should be given to please Allah and not a show-off to earn respect and status from people. Remember, charity given in true sincerity saves one from many difficult times, accidents and ailments.

5) We often say "Thank You" when someone does good to us or gifts us something. But this word does not induce any response from Allah. Instead a Muslim should say "Jazāk Allāh" which means "May God reward you [with] goodness." Thus instead of mere thanking someone, one must add a prayer for the giver so that he too may be rewarded for his good deed by Allah.

6) Being Good to the Parents is one of the most loved deed by Allah. It is often said that if one glances at his parents with pure love and in sincerity, specially when one sees them first time in the morning, Allah is well pleased by His servant and adds bounties for him.

Allah mentions that human beings must recognize their parents and that this is second only to the recognition of Allah Himself. In Holy Quran Allah Almighty beautifully explained: 
And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as] ‘uff’ [i.e., an expression of irritation or disapproval] and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word. And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say: ‘My Lord! Have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.'” (Quran Surah Al Isra 17:23-24)
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has also on numerous occasions asked his companions to respect their parents with love, respect, and kindness.

7) Being the first to greet another Muslim or anyone is one of the true traits of a believer. This fosters love and care for each other. Prophet of Allah has been quoted as saying:
Never do two Muslims shake hands except that their sins are forgiven before they depart. (Abu Dawood)
8) Making others' Passage Clear and Making Others' Life Easier should always be the goal of  a believer. This may be done by clearing passage ways from any stones or peels of fruits that may hurt a passerby by stumbling on to them. Likewise feeding the poor, educating the uneducated and helping people under debt to clear their debts or giving rations to the poor families are some of the many noble acts due to which one can make life of others easier and rid them off their hardships.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has been quoted as saying:
Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah’s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)
9) Being kind to Animals is one of the noblest of deeds of a believer. The animals and birds need our love and care. While many take good care of heir pets, we often forget birds in hot weather in need of water. We must place open mouthed bowls in our lawns or roof tops so that birds could quench their thirst. Likewise we should not be cruel to the animals and if some is behaving in a rude manner, we must ask him to be kind to the animals or may even take the poor soul from his ugly manners.

Remember the famous quote of Umar bin Khatab, the second caliph of Islam, who said:
"Even if a dog dies of thirst at the bank of River Tigris, I shall be held accountable for that on the Day of Judgment."
10) And the last easy way to earn Allah's love is to recite Āyat al-Kursī, (Al Quran, Chapter 2 Surah Al Baqarah Verse 255),  before going to sleep every night.  The Holy Prophet has said: 
"If one recites Āyat al-Kursī before going to sleep, Allah will send an Angel to come and look after you and protect throughout the night."
Even reciting Āyat al-Kursī through the day and asking Allah to help will make one remain calm and will shed one's fears and hardship go away, provided one has firm belief in what one is saying and doing.

For the many benefits and rewards of "Āyat al-Kursī, it is widely memorized Āyat by the Muslims. And is often seen displayed in Muslim households, masjids and even the place of business to bring prosperity to family and business." 

If we make these 10 easy to do things part of our lives, one would not only be spiritually benefited and rewarded, but would also draw a very positive impact on people around him. May Allah help us to help ourselves. Aameen

May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others life miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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