In this article, we are going to look at some of the best deeds in the eyes of Allah SWT.
As Muslims, we strive to please Allah and gain his blessings with as many good deeds as we can so He grants us Jannah. When Allah finds us seeking to get closer to Him, He will get closer to us as well.
One way to get closer to Allah is doing good deeds as long as we live, but what are the best deeds in the eyes of Allah SWT?
The Best Deed In The Eyes Of Allah
Here’s a list of good deeds you can pay attention to in order to gain Allah’s blessings:
Obedience in Islam means that we listen to Allah’s orders and follow them no matter what. By being obedient to Allah SWT will grant you lots of good deeds, as you’ll be doing exactly what Allah ordered you.
This applies to everything in life. Quran and Hadith have every answer to every question we may ask regarding what Allah wants us to do. So, you will not feel lost at some point if you follow these two divine sources.
Fulfilling Obligatory Duties (Fard)
You do not draw close to Allah until you perform the required duties that Allah has imposed on you (Fourud), which begin with the five pillars of Islam, such as:
- demonstrating the Islamic testimony that there’s no God but Allah, and His messenger is Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)
- performing Prayers (Salat)
- giving out Zakat (obligatory charity)
- Hajj (major pilgrimage in Mecca)
- Fasting in the Holy month of Ramadan
Other things include being good to our parents, being kind to poor people and orphans, and more.
Avoiding Prohibited (Haram) Things
There are particular things that Allah ordered us to refrain from. These things are concerning different aspects of life such as food, social interactions, marriage, business, inheritance, and even clothing.
There are two types of prohibited things in Islam:
- Makruh (not encouraged): these acts are not liked in Islam, but committing them is not totally Haram. These things include wasting water and resources, cursing, chatting while doing ablutions for prayer, biting nails, and murdering an animal for food in front of other animals of its species.
- Haram (totally forbidden): Things such as murder, theft, adultery, eating pork, altering one’s physical appearance are all examples of Haram things in Islam that we should avoid doing.
The more you refrain from doing both of these types, the more you gain good deeds. It’s important to make the intention (Niyyah) to let these go in order to gain Allah’s blessings.
Nawafil prayers are supererogatory prayers in Islam. They, like sunnah prayer, are not regarded as mandatory but are supposed to confer an additional benefit on the person who does them. Rabi’ah ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said:
“Ask (anything).” Rabi’ah said: “I ask of you to be your companion in paradise.” The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Or anything else?” Rabi’ah said: “That is it.” The Prophet (PBUH) said to him: “Then help me by making many prostrations (Supererogatory prayers)”.
These Naafil prayers include:
- Tahajjud prayers (night prayers): Tahajjud doesn’t have a fixed number of rakaat, instead, you should pray as much as you can.
“The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the night prayer.”
- Salat al-Duha: It is usually done in the middle of the morning or late in the morning. This is the name that appears the most frequently in the narrations. It is a late-morning prayer when the sun is burning.
- Salat al-Ishraq: is the “sunrise prayer” or the prayer performed about 20 minutes after sunrise.
- Tahiyyatul Masjid: nafl prayer of 2 rakaat when entering the mosque.
- Dhur Sunnah: 4 rakaat before or after Dhur prayers.
“Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have said that whoever performs the four rakaat before or after the Zuhr salah with constancy, God makes the fire of Hell haram (forbidden) for him.”
- Asr Sunnah: 4 rakaat after Asr prayers.
“May Allah have mercy on the one who offers four (rakaat) before ‘Asr prayer.” (Abu Dawud)
Learning and Reciting Quran
Those who learn, recite and teach Quran are considered the best among Muslims. There’s a well-known Hadith by our glorious Prophet that says:
“Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a Hasana (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the Hasana is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter.”
Imagine the number of letters you read within just 10 minutes of reciting the Quran every day. The benefits of reciting the Quran are various. In order to get closer to Allah, we need to recite the Quran, understand its teachings, refer to it whenever we feel lost, and implement its lessons in our daily lives.
Dhikr (Allah’s Remembrance)
Allah SWT said in the Holy Quran:
“Remembrance of Allah indeed is the greatest virtue”
(Surah Al Ankabout)
By Allah remembrance (dhikr), Allah remembers us in return. Dhikr is basically phrases that glorify Allah. By reciting dhikr, we gain lots of good deeds. It can be done anywhere and anytime. Prophet Muhammad once said to his companions:
“Shall I tell you about the best of deeds, the purest in the sight of your Lord, about the one that is of the highest order and is far better for you than spending gold and silver, even better for you than meeting your enemies in the battlefield where you strike at their necks and they at yours?” The Companions replied, “Yes, O Prophet of Allah!” The Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him, said, “Remembrance of Allah.”
Some of these dhikr phrases are:
- Subhan Allahu we bahimdihi, subhan Allahu al-Azeem
- Astaghfiru Allah
- La hawla wala quwwatta illa billah
- Al hamdu lel-Allah hamdan katheeran
- La illaha illa Allah, Muhammdan rasulu Allah
- Allahumma salli ala Muhammad
Allah SWT said:
“Call on Me. I will answer your prayer, but those who are too arrogant to serve Me will surely find themselves humiliated in Hell”
Reciting dua is merely asking for Allah’s help in everything. No matter how big or small, you recite dua for any matter and wait for Allah to support it. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have said, “Dua is the weapon of a Muslim” due to how important it is to use in our struggles.
Allah loves to listen to us asking for His help, and He gives us limitless good deeds whenever we do so. So, by making dua you’re not just gaining Allah’s support, but also good deeds associated with it.
Muslims are ordered to fast the month of Ramadan as it’s considered Fard (obligatory). Allah SWT gives additional good deeds to whoever fast outside the Ramadan month voluntarily. The fasting should be for the sake of Allah and performed to gain His blessings.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to fast every Monday and Thursday of every week, according to Aisha (May Allah Be Pleased With Her). If you can’t do that, make sure to fast even for one day per month. Fasting can be done any day, however, Prophet Muhammad specified 3 days when fasting is better (Mustahab).
Abu Dharr Al-Ghefari said:
“The Messenger of Allah, Peace Be Upon Him, said “O Abu Dharr! if you fast three days of every month, then fast the 13th, the 14th, and the 15th [these are called the al-Ayam al-beedh, the white days]“.
(Ahmad, an-Nasa’i and at-Tirmidhi; Sahih)
Performing Tawbah (Repentance)
Tawbah is when a person sins and then sincerely turns to Allah for forgiveness. Allah, being the most compassionate, made a great reward for Tawbah and promised to forgive whoever turns to Him no matter what they did as long as it’s not Shirk.
“And whoever does a wrong or wrongs himself, but then seeks forgiveness from Allah, he will find Allah forgiving and merciful.”
Repentance is a wonderful deed that cleanses the soul and brings the servant closer to Allah. It relieves the heart of guilt. It keeps one from yielding to their desires and passions, and it strengthens their faith.
Now you know some of the best deeds in the eyes of our great Creator, Allah. It’s time to start doing them more and be willing to go further to please Allah SWT.