Sunday 14 January 2024

Reward of refraining from a bad deed for sake of Allah (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

There is a misconception in the minds of many that there is no concept of sin in Islam and thus no concept of forgiveness either. My previous post was about responding to this misconception for man cannot evade the Satanic machination and is liable to fall prey to his enticement. And Allah, the Most Merciful and Oft forgiving, promises to forgive anyone who sincerely repents one's sins and seek Divine forgiveness.

And the unique thing about concept of repentance and forgiveness is that one can talk to Allah directly without any intermediary. 

Today, we share a Hadith attributed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in which the revered Prophet of Allah gives good tidings to those who think bad and make an intention to do bad, but then at the eleventh hour they back out for the sake of Allah and refrain from implementing their bad intentioned action. This Hadith is worth reading and implementing in our real life for it may open up path loaded with blessings of Allah.

This Hadith is mentioned in Sahi al-Bukhārī  (Book 97 -   Oneness, Uniqueness of Allah (Tawheed) /  كتاب التوحيد / Chapter 35: “…They want to change Allah’s Words….” / باب قَوْلِ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى ‏{‏يُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يُبَدِّلُوا كَلاَمَ اللَّهِ}) as Hadith 7501, given herein under:

Narrated by Abu Huraira:
Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "Allah says, 'If My slave intends to do a bad deed then (O Angels) do not write it unless he does it; if he does it, then write it as it is, but if he refrains from doing it for My Sake, then write it as a good deed (in his account). (On the other hand) if he intends to do a good deed, but does not do it, then write a good deed (in his account), and if he does it, then write it for him (in his account) as ten good deeds up to seven-hundred times.' "

Arabic Text:
حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا الْمُغِيرَةُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، عَنْ أَبِي الزِّنَادِ، عَنِ الأَعْرَجِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ "‏ يَقُولُ اللَّهُ إِذَا أَرَادَ عَبْدِي أَنْ يَعْمَلَ سَيِّئَةً فَلاَ تَكْتُبُوهَا عَلَيْهِ حَتَّى يَعْمَلَهَا، فَإِنْ عَمِلَهَا فَاكْتُبُوهَا بِمِثْلِهَا وَإِنْ تَرَكَهَا مِنْ أَجْلِي فَاكْتُبُوهَا لَهُ حَسَنَةً وَإِذَا أَرَادَ أَنْ يَعْمَلَ حَسَنَةً فَلَمْ يَعْمَلْهَا فَاكْتُبُوهَا لَهُ حَسَنَةً، فَإِنْ عَمِلَهَا فَاكْتُبُوهَا لَهُ بِعَشْرِ أَمْثَالِهَا إِلَى سَبْعِمِائَةٍ ‏"‏‏.‏

As can be seen the above quoted Hadith has two portions: One for the acts of bad deeds and the other for acts of good deeds.

As for good deeds, if one makes up one's mind to do a good deed, but does not do it, even then a good deed is written into his dossier. And if he does that good deed, it is multiplied by ten good deed. In some case these good deed may add up to seven-hundred times.

On the contrary, if one's mind is bent upon making a bad deed and he does it, only one bad deed is added to his account. But at the eleventh hour, if his heart shudders from displeasing Allah, and he refrains from doing that bad deed for the sake of Allah, a good deed is added to his account.

This should be the best advise for any man to refrain from doing a bad deed for the sake of Allah and earn a good deed. If this becomes our habit, imagine how many good deeds we can add and inch closer to the blessed ones whose life is always centered on doing good and encouraging others to do good. be wiser now if they are reading it and live their lives as per dictates of Islam and to please One True God, we Muslims call Allah.

Those who think there is no concept of sin and forgiveness in Islam should 
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' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

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

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

You may visit our post: Collections of Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ about Rewards for more Hadiths on specific subject of Rewards.

Please also refer to our reference page: Sunnah and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to know more about sunnah / Hadith of Prophet of Allah. You may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.

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