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What Are The Best Deeds In The Eyes Of Allah SWT?

What Are The Best Deeds In The Eyes Of Allah SWT?

What are the best deeds in Islam?

Best deeds in Islam refer to doing something good and worshipping Allah. For instance, helping one another is a good deed, making dua is a good deed, respecting each other, treating people as equals, and being nice and kind to everyone, all of these are examples of good deeds. Allah Almighty said in the holy Quran:

“Whoever works righteousness — whether male or female — while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment, and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter)”. [al-Nahl 16:97]

 

Some Of The Best Deeds In The Eyes Of Allah – This is NOT an exhaustive list!


Before we delve right in, let’s start with an important note about intention. Having the right intention when we do something – i.e. doing it solely for the sake of Allah SWT – is paramount to receiving the full reward for it. We all know the hadith: “Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each person will have what they intended.” (Hadith 1, 40  Hadith of Imam An-Nawawi, Bukhari & Muslim)

All of the best deeds in Islam we have listed below will only help us draw closer to Allah and please Him if we do them for Him and Him alone, not to please others, pretend, boast, or anything else.

1. Obedience

Obedience in Islam means that we listen to and obey Allah’s orders in all circumstances, not only when it’s easy or convenient. Being obedient to Allah SWT will grant you lots of good deeds, as you will be doing exactly what Allah ordered you. This means that, when you restrain yourself from doing something that Allah SWT has forbidden, you are doing a good deed!

This applies to everything in life, and many of the other deeds we have listed below fall under this category as well, so you could earn multiple rewards with one single good deed!

2. Fulfilling Obligatory Duties (Fard)

You will find it impossible to draw close to Allah if you do not perform the required duties that Allah has prescribed for us (Fourud). Even more importantly: contrary to most of the other deeds below which are considered “optional” acts, not fulfilling our obligatory duties without a valid reason will incur bad deeds and sins upon us. It is therefore very important that we first focus on fulfilling our obligations towards Allah before trying to do extra good deeds. And when we do fulfill our obligations, we also accumulate good deeds in our balance. Let’s look at the five pillars of Islam:

  • attesting that there is no God but Allah, and that Prophet Muhammad is His Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him),
  • performing the five obligatory prayers each day (Salah),
  • giving out Zakat (obligatory alms-giving),
  • going for Hajj (pilgrimage to the Ka’bah in Mecca),
  • fasting during the Holy month of Ramadan.

Other things include being good to our parents, fulfilling the rights of our family members, and more.

3. Avoiding Prohibited (Haram) Things

There are particular things that Allah has ordered us to refrain from. These things pertain to different aspects of life such as food, social interactions, marriage, business, inheritance, and even clothing. By staying away from what is prohibited, we not only save ourselves from falling into sin, we also obey Allah SWT and follow His orders, which means that we are doing a good deed!

Therefore, the more we refrain from doing things that are prohibited, the more good deeds we gain. Prohibited acts include: adultery, consuming pork or alcohol, gambling, usury or interest, etc.

Other actions are considered disliked or discouraged (makruh), and while we would technically not be sinning if we were to occasionally engage in this type of action while not doing so purposefully, we would be rewarded if we decided to stay away from these acts as well.

4. Performing Nawafil Prayers

Nawafil prayers are supererogatory prayers in Islam. The Sunnah prayers done before and/or after the mandatory prayers for instance are supererogatory prayers. They are not regarded as mandatory but are supposed to confer an additional benefit on the person who does them.

Rabi’ah ibn Ka’b reported: I spent the night with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and I brought water him water for his ablution and his needs. The Prophet said to me, “Ask.” I said, “I ask for your companionship in Paradise.” The Prophet said, “And anything else besides that?” I said, “That is all.” The Prophet said, “Then help me do it for you by prostrating often.” (Sahih Muslim 489)

These Nawafil prayers include:

  • Qiyam ul-Layl or Tahajjud prayers (night prayers): these nightly prayers do not have a fixed number of rakaat, instead, you should pray as much as you can. Tahajjud more specifically refers to nightly prayers that are done after any amount of sleep and before Fajr. The Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) is reported to have said, “The best prayer one can perform apart from the obligatory prayers is one performed at night.” (Sahih Muslim 1993)
  • Salat ud-Duha: it can be done at anytime in the morning, after the sun has risen and before it reaches its zenith. This is the name that appears the most frequently in the narrations.
  • Salat al-Ishraq: is the “sunrise prayer” or the prayer performed about 20 minutes after sunrise, once the sun has completely risen.
  • Tahiyyat ul-Masjid: the prayer to “greet” the mosque, the House of Allah. This voluntary prayer of 2 rakaat is done when entering the mosque.
  • Dhuhr Sunnah: 4 rakaat before and/or after the Dhuhr prayer. The Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) is reported to have said, “Whoever prays regularly four Rak’at before and four Rak’at after the Zuhr prayer, Allah will forbid for him (from entering) the Hellfire.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 428)
  • Asr Sunnah: 4 rakaat after Asr prayers. The Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) said: “May Allah have mercy upon a man who prays four before Al-Asr.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 430)

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5. Learning and Reciting Quran

Those who learn, recite and teach Quran are considered the best among Muslims. There is a well-known Hadith by our beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) that says:

“[Whoever recites a letter] from Allah’s Book, then he receives the reward from it, and the reward of ten the like of it. I do not say that Alif Lam Mim is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3158)

Imagine the number of letters you read within just 10 minutes of reciting the Quran everyday! The benefits of reciting the Quran are various. In order to get closer to Allah, we need to try our best to recite the Quran, understand its teachings, refer to it whenever we feel lost, and implement its lessons in our daily lives.

6. Dhikr (Allah’s Remembrance)

Allah SWT said in the Holy Quran: “So remember Me; I will remember you.” (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:152)

When we engage in the remembrance of Allah, Allah remembers us in return – this is His promise. By reciting dhikr (phrases that glorify and praise Allah), we gain a lot of good deeds. It can be done anywhere and anytime.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) 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.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3377)

Some of these dhikr phrases are:

  • Suhaan Allah
  • Subhaan Allahi wa bihamdihi, subhaan Allahi l-‘Azeem
  • Astaghfiru Allah
  • Laa hawla wa laa quwwatta illa billah
  • Alhamdulillah
  • Laa illaha illAllah
  • Allahu Akbar

7. Making Dua

Allah SWT says in the Quran: “Call on Me. I will answer your prayer, but those who are too arrogant to serve Me will surely find themselves humiliated in Hell.” (Surah Ghaafir, 40:60)

Making dua means to supplicate, to turn to Allah and ask for His help in everything. No matter how big or small, you can make dua for any matter. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have said, “Supplication (du’a’) is itself the worship” due to how important it is in our deen.

Allah loves to listen to us asking for His help, and He rewards us whenever we do so. So, by making dua you’re not just gaining Allah’s support, but also good deeds associated with it.

8. Voluntary Fasting

Muslims are ordered to fast the month of Ramadan as it is considered Fard (obligatory). Allah SWT gives additional good deeds to whoever fast outside the Ramadan month voluntarily.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to fast on Mondays and Thursdays, and also encouraged us to fast the three white days:

Narrated Qatadah Ibn Malhan al-Qaysi: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to command us to fast the days of the white (nights): thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth of the month. He said: This is like keeping perpetual fast. (Sunan Abi Dawud 2449)

9. Making Tawbah (Repentance)

Tawbah is when a person sins and then sincerely turns to Allah for forgiveness. Allah, being the Most Compassionate and Merciful, rewards us greatly when we make tawbah and promises to forgive whoever turns to Him sincerely, no matter what they did.

“And whoever does a wrong or wrongs himself but then seeks forgiveness of Allah will find Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (Surah An-Nisa’, 4:110)

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 Creator, Allah. Try to focus on this short list and build small but consistent habits to please Allah SWT and hope for the many rewards, in this life and the next.

 

List of righteous best deeds in Islam from the Quran.

  1. Forgiving the ones who hurt us:

“Kind words and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury. And Allah is Self-Sufficient, Most Forbearing.” (Surah Baqarah: 263)

  1. Responding to evil by what is best: “Respond to evil with what is best. We know well what they claim.”  (Al-Mu-minun:96)
  2. Be compassionate: ” and—above all—to be one of those who have faith and urge each other to perseverance and urge each other to compassion. “(Al-Balad:17)
  3. Kindness: among the good deeds in Islam is being kind to others, Allah Almighty said in the holy Quran: “Kind words and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury. And Allah is Self-Sufficient, Most Forbearing. (Al-Baqarah:263)

“Worship Allah alone and associate none with Him. And be kind to parents, relatives, orphans, the poor, near and distant neighbors, close friends, ˹needy˺ travelers, and those ˹bondspeople˺ in your possession. Surely Allah does not like whoever is arrogant, boastful—(An-Nisa:36)

  1. Share what you love instead of giving out what you hate: “you will never achieve righteousness until you donate some of what you cherish. And whatever you give is certainly well known to Allah.” (Al-Imran:92)
  2. Honoring your parents: “For your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And honor your parents. If one or both of them reach old age in your care, never say to them ˹even˺ ‘ugh,’ nor yell at them. Rather, address them respectfully.” (Al Isra:23)
  3. Spreading Peace: “The believers are but one brotherhood, so make peace between your brothers. And be mindful of Allah so you may be shown mercy.” (Al-Huujurat:10)
  4. Being honest and trustworthy: “The faithful are also those who are true to their trusts and covenants, and who are honest in their testimony” (Al- Ma’arij:32-33)
  5. Among the good deeds in Islam is Standing firmly for justice even if it will harm us: “O believers! Stand firm for justice as witnesses for Allah even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or close relatives. Be they rich or poor, Allah is best to ensure their interests. So do not let your desires cause you to deviate from justice˺. If you distort the testimony or refuse to give it, then know that Allah is certainly All-Aware of what you do.” (An-Nisa:135)
  6. Patience: “And seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, it is a burden except for the humble—(Al-Baqarah:45)
  7. Be humble: “The true servants of the Most Compassionate are those who walk on the earth humbly, and when the foolish address them ˹improperly˺, they only respond with peace.” (Al Furqan:63)
  8. Remember Allah: “They are those who remember Allah while standing, sitting, and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth ˹and pray˺, “Our Lord! You have not created all of this without purpose. Glory be to You! Protect us from the torment of the Fire.” (Al-Imran:191)
  9. Seek Knowledge: “˹O Prophet, ˺ “Travel throughout the land and see how He originated the creation, then Allah will bring it into being one more time. Surely Allah is Most Capable of everything.” (Al-Ankabut:20)
  10. among the good deeds in Islam is Dua And Dhikr:  “Then remember Me, I will remember you.”  (2:152)
  11. Giving charity: “Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him, you will be returned” (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:245).

What is Allah SWT?

The word Allah means God in Arabic, and SWT means “Subhanahu wa ta’ala” in Arabic, in English it means “Glory be to Him, the Exalted.” SWT is used to show respect and to glorify Allah.

What are best deeds in the eyes of Allah hadith?

There are many good deeds in Islam that a Muslim can practice daily like Tasbih, Tahmid, giving charity reciting Quran, praying Nawafl, helping one another, being kind to others, smiling to one another, and more. All Kind of good deeds are mentioned in the Quran and hadiths, so here are some hadiths regarding the best deeds in Islam:

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Hasten to do good deeds before there come tribulations like pieces of a dark night, when a man will be a believer in the morning and a kafir by evening, or he will be a believer in the evening and a kafir by morning, selling his religious commitment for worldly gain.” (Narrated by Muslim, 118)

One of the good deeds in Islam is reciting Quran, ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ud said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever reads a letter of the Book of Allah will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is a letter, rather alif is a letter, lam is a letter and mim is a letter.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2910; he said it is hasan sahih. Also classed as sahih by al-Albani in Sahih al-Tirmidhi)

‘Aishah said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “O people, you should do whatever good deeds you can, for Allah does not get tired (of giving reward) until you get tired. And the most beloved of good deeds to Allah is that in which a person persists, even if it is little. If the family of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) started to do something, they would persist in it.” (Narrated by al-Bukhari, 43; Muslim, 782)

Every Tasbeeih, tahmid, tahlilah and takbir is among the best deeds in Islam. Abu Dharr narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “For every bone of the son of Adam a charity must be given each day. Every tasbihah [saying Subhan Allah (Glory be to Allah)] is a charity, every tahmidah [saying al-hamdu Lillah (praise be to Allah)] is a charity, every tahlilah [saying La ilaha ill-Allah (There is no god but Allah)] is a charity, every takbirah [saying Allahu akbar [Allah is Most Great]) is a charity, enjoining what is good is a charity, forbidding what is evil is a charity, and two rak’ahs offered in the mid-morning (Duha) is sufficient.” (Narrated by Muslim, 720)

May Allah SWT accept from you, ameen!


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