DAILY MUST-DO ACTIVITIES FOR MUSLIMS By Lawal Afeez Arishekola
Have you ever wondered waking in the morning and not feeling the sweetness of Eeman (Faith)? If yes, that’s the result of abandoning your major purpose in life as a Muslim (Worship of Allah)!
“I created the jinn and humans for nothing else but that they may serve Me” Qur’an 51:56
We’ve compiled this little must-do activities for Muslims, for your benefits and getting more closer to your Rabb (Lord, Allah), they are as follows;
1. Have you observed the five daily prayers with concentration? Salat Subh? Zuhr? Asr? Maghrib? Ishai?
“The first matter that the slave will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is the prayer. If it is sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad.” [Recorded by al-Tabarani. According to al-Albani, it is sahih. Al-Albani, Sahih al-Jami, vol.1, p. 503.
2. Have you observed the Tahhajud and Qiyamu-layl during the night?
“They used to sleep but little by night [invoking their Lord (Allaah) and praying, with fear and hope]”
“And in some parts of the night (also) offer the Salaah (prayer) with it (i.e. recite the Qur’aan in the prayer) as an additional prayer (Tahajjud optional prayer Nawâfil) for you”
3. Have you specified the name of Allah when you did an action? For instance; entering a bus, dropping a load etc
“Say (O Muhammad): Invoke Allaah or invoke the Most Gracious [al-Rahmaan] (Allaah)” [al-Isra’ 17:110]
An-Nawawi (May Allah have mercy on him) said: It is more important to note the phrase to be used when mentioning the name of Allah. … The best is to say Bismillah ir-Rahmaan ir-Raheem, but if one says Bismillah, that is sufficient and fulfils the Sunnah. End quote from al-Adhkaar, 1/231
4. Have you regarded your parents and reached out to them today?
“And We have enjoined on man to be good and dutiful to his parents” [al-‘Ankaboot 29:8]
5. Have you controlled your tongue from saying terrible words?
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) commanded us to control our tongues in more than one hadeeth, such as that narrated by al-Tirmidhi from ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, what is salvation?’ He said, ‘Control your tongue, keep to your house and weep over your sin.’” Classed as saheeh (authentic) by al-Albani.
6. Have you read from the Qur’an today?
“(This is) a Book (the Qur’an) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember”
7. Have you done any additional exercises, i.e, Feeding and visiting the poor, widows, orphans, sick etc Supplicating for your brother in the deen and so on.
If you haven’t been doing any of these seven listed deeds, please start doing them and if you haven’t been doing more, please strive for more deeds as we don’t know which of our deeds will meet the pleasure of Allah.
The following hadeeth enumerates several good deeds:
Al-Bayhaqi narrated that Abu Dharr said: I said, “O Messenger of Allaah, what will save a person from Hellfire?”
He said, “Belief in Allaah.”
I said, “O Messenger of Allaah, are there are any deeds that should accompany that belief?”
He said, ‘He should give from that provision which Allaah has granted him.”
I said, “O Messenger of Allaah, what if he is poor and does not have anything to give?”
He said, “He should enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil.”
I said, “O Messenger of Allaah, what if he cannot enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil?”
He said, “He should help the one who is helpless (i.e., has no skills and cannot earn a learning).”
I said, “What if he himself is helpless and cannot do anything?”
He said, “He should help one who has been wronged.”
I said, “What if he is weak and cannot help one who has been wronged?”
He said, “You do not want to think of your companion as having any good in him. Let him refrain from harming people.”
I said, “O Messenger of Allaah, if he does that, will he enter Paradise?”
He said, “There is no believer who does not strive to acquire one of these characteristics, but I will take him by the hand and lead him into Paradise.”
Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Targheeb, 876
And we ask Allah to accept all our good deeds and forgive our errs always. Aameen
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