Do good to others purely for Allah’s reward

Islam 03 Apr 2020 Contributor

Throughout our lives, we are tested through people. This is something that is written for all of us, so we must be careful about how we behave with others. We should focus on doing good to others not because of the treatment we will receive from them, but because of what will please our Lord. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“We have made some of you a trial for others. Will you not then be patient? And your Lord is All-Seeing.” (Qur’an 25:20)

For example, there may be a situation where we are not happy with the way our parents are behaving with us. We must remember to react based on what will please Allah. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour.” (Qur’an 17:23)

Living with family members, clashing on different topics is a common thing, especially because of the amount of time spent together. This is a natural occurrence. If we are not sure about what to do in these scenarios, we ought to remind ourselves what our religion teaches us about maintaining a good relationship with family members. We read in a hadith, narrated from Salman bin Amir, that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Giving charity to a poor person is charity, and (giving) to a relative is two things, charity and upholding the ties of kinship.” (Sunan an-Nasai)

In our circle of friends, we may at times be disappointed by something one of them has said. Perhaps we have different opinions to them on some things, or there may be differences in our personalities. Whatever the reason, we must remember what Islam teaches us about being considerate and remaining silent. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“If any of you becomes angry, let him keep silent”. (Imam Ahmad, Al Musnad)

A very important part of our religion is taking care of our neighbours. Even if we may not completely get along with some of them, or find that we are not that similar to them, Allah can see our efforts to take care of them. We read in a hadith that narrated that Ibn Umar (RA) said:

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Jibreel kept urging me that neighbours should be treated well until I thought he would make them heirs.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

While we are at work, we should try to help others whenever we can. Perhaps we can assist a colleague with a task they are struggling with, even if they are not someone we are required to help. Our focus should be on doing good to others for Allah’s reward. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“Is there any reward for good other than good?” (Qur’an 55:60)

When we are out in public, we should also remember this. For example, during our shopping trips, we may forget to thank the cashier. By being polite and remembering to thank them, Allah will reward us for making an effort. Our beloved prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Every act of kindness is a Sadaqa (charity).” (Bukhari and Muslim)