Hasten to do good deeds before you are overtaken by one of the seven afflictions

Auther : Dr. Mohammed Bakr Ismail
Article translated to : العربية

Abu Hurairah, May Allah be pleased with him, reported:"The Messenger of Allah, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, "Hasten to do good deeds before you are overtaken by one of the seven afflictions." Then (giving a warning) he said, "Are you waiting for such poverty which will make you unmindful of devotion; or prosperity which will make you corrupt, or disease as will disable you, or such senility as will make you mentally unstable, or sudden death, or Ad-Dajjal who is the worst expected absent, or the Hour, and the Hour will be most grievous and most bitter"

It is a clear commandment confirmed by the Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in a way of questioning that encourage to do the good deeds and to take the initiative without hesitation or slackening. One shall seize the opportunities before he is occupied with matters that exhaust his power and fill his time then remorse will be of no benefit.

The Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said: " Hasten to do good deeds before you are overtaken by one of the seven afflictions.." this command entails not letting any chance to do good deeds by taking advantage of the available opportunities, to search for them, to choose the ways to reach them, to choose the best and the most consistent of which, as well as the most beneficial of them in this world and in The Hereafter provided that one do them sincerely for the sake of Allah.

The broad meaning of the concept (Hasten to do good deeds) entails all of the previously mentioned facts, Moreover, it implies other traits such as competition in doing good deeds, supporting each other etc. in the sense of racing to obtain the pleasure of Allah, through trading with him in the fields of worship, transactions and physical and spiritual manifestations.

The wise one will not leave an hour without working in it to draw closer to Allah, and will spare no effort to seek the causes of good for him and other Muslims. The most important feature is that one must not cease to mention Allah for it is best support for him to do so.

 

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