Best deeds For a Believer


It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah bin Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him), who observed:
“I asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) 
which deed was the best.” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: ‘The Prayer at its appointed hour.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: ‘Kindness to the parents.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He replied: ‘Jihad in the cause of Allah.‘ I refrained from asking any more questions for fear of annoying him. (Sahih Muslim: 120)

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) was asked about the best of deeds. He observed: “Belief in Allah.” He (the inquirer) asked: ‘What next?’ He (the Holy Prophet) replied: “Jihad in the cause of Allah.” He (the inquirer) again asked: ‘What next?’ He (the Holy Prophet) replied: “Pilgrimage accepted into the grace of the Lord.” (Sahih Muslim: 118)

Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that I asked the Messenger of Allah: “Which of the deeds is the best?” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: ‘Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause.‘ I again asked: “Who is the slave whose emancipation is the best?” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: ‘One who is valuable for his master and whose price is high.‘ I asked:“What if I cannot afford to do it?” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: ‘Help an artisan or make anything for the unskilled (laborer).’ I (Abu Dharr) said: “O Messenger of Allah, you see that I am helpless in doing some of these deeds.” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: ‘Desist from doing mischief to the people. That is your own charity for your self.’ 
(Sahih Muslim: 119)

SOME OF THE HUMAN QUALITIES ALLAH, THE ALMIGHTY LOVES

“Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If you (really) love Allah, then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic monotheism, follow the Quran and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Quran: 3:31)

Patience 
“And Allah loves as-Sabirun (the patient).” (Quran: 3:146)

Justice and Dealing with Equity 
“Be just: that is nearer to piety; and fear Allah.” (Quran: 5:8)


Putting Trust in Allah 

“Certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).” (Quran: 3:159)


Rescuing 

Abu Ya ‘la Dailami and Ibn Asakir narrated: Abu Hurairah and Anas Ibn Malik said: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: 
“Allah loves rescuing the one who needs rescue.”

Kindliness 
“Aisha narrated: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: 
“Allah loves kindliness in all matters.” (Bukhari)

Repentance 

“Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto him in repentance.” (Quran: 2:222)


Piety 

“Verily, then Allah loves those who are al-Muttaqun (the pious).”
(Quran: 3:76)


Good-doing 

“Truly, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers).” (Quran: 2:195)


Body Purification 

“And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure [ i.e. who clean their private parts with dust (which has the properties of soap) and water from urine and stools, after answering the call of nature].” (Quran: 9:108)


Humility of the Rich 

Muslim narrated: Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqqas said: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:
 “Allah loves the believer who is pious and rich, but does not show off.”

Belief and Work 

Al-Tabarani narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: 
“Allah loves the slave who believes and acquires a career (or work).”

Reflection of Allah’s Grace 
Al-Tirmidhi narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: 
“Allah loves from amongst his slaves, the one who has a sense of zeal or honor.”

Magnanimity 

Al-Hakim narrated: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: 
“Allah is All-Generous and He loves generosity in sale, purchase and judgment.”

Virtuosity
 
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: 
” Allah loves the slave-believer who is poor but virtuous enough to refrain from begging though he has many children.” (Muslim and Ahmed)

Justice 

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: 
“Allah loves that you be just toward your children even when kissing them.” (Ibn Al-Najjar)

Strength
 
Muslim narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: 
“The strong believer is better and more loved by Allah than the weak one, but they are both good.”

Love for the Sake of Allah
 
Al-Tabarani, Ibn Ya’la, Ibn Hibban and Al-Hakim narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: 
“If two men love each other for the sake of Allah, the stronger in love to his brother will be more loved by Allah.”

Forgiveness
 
Ibn Iday narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: 
“Allah is All-Forgiving and He loves forgiveness.”

Continuous Performance of Righteous Deeds 

Bukhari and Muslim narrated: Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said: 
“The best-loved deeds to Allah are the ones that are continuous even if they are not very many.”

Loving and Visiting Believers 

Malik narrated: Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said: 
“Allah said: My love is due to those who meet for My sake, visit one another and make any effort for My pleasure.”

Love of Virtuous Deeds 

Ibn Abi Al-Dunya narrated: Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said: 
“The best-loved slaves to Allah are those who are made to love virtue and loving virtuous deeds is made lovely to them.”

Good Manners and Conduct 
Al-Tirmidhi narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: 
“The best-loved by me and the nearest to me on the seats on the Day of Resurrection are those who have the best manners and conduct amongst you, who are intimate, are on good terms with others and are humble, and the most hated by me and who will be on the furthest seats from me are those who are talkative and arrogant.”

Love of Allah Ta’ala is the basis of worship that should be directed to Him alone. Any other love should be for His sake too. The real love of Allah Ta’ala is to do whatever He ordained and to abandon whatever He forbade, in addition to following the Prophet’s Sunnah.

Whoever obeys someone or something other than Allah Ta’ala and His Messenger, or follows any saying other than theirs, or fears other than Allah Ta’ala or seeks the pleasure of other than Allah Ta’ala , or puts his trust in other than Him, does not love Allah Ta’ala, nor does he love His Messenger. Muslims should also love one another and wish the best for one another. Allah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said:

“One will not be a true believer unless he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”
 (Bukhari, Muslim, Nasa’i, Ahmed and Ibn Majah)

Imam Malik and Imam Ahmed narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Allah said: My love is due to those who love one another for My sake.”

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The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said: “Whoever guides to a good deed will get a reward similar to the one who performs it.” (Saheeh Muslim)

And, “By Allah, if Allah were to guide one man through you it would be better for you than the best type of camels.” (al-Bukhaaree, Muslim)

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