It is reported in a hadith that Prophet Sallahoalaihewassallam has said
“أَحَبُّ الأعمالِ إلى اللهِ أدومُها و إن قل“
Allah taala’s most admiring deeds are those which are consistently performed though they are fewer in numbers.
Shaikh ul Hadith Hazrat Maulana Jalil Ahmed Akhoon sb elaborates that this is regarding non-obligatory deeds (nawafil)
One should not be too much concerned about the amount of nafils, tahajjud, recitation, etc. Rather, one should try to be consistent, no matter fewer in cpunts, in performing these deed. This way good deeds will be psychologically easier to perform and will accumulate over time.
We see people reciting Quran for few specific days and nights and then forget the recitation for months. Similarly, people perform some good deeds on specific dates for the benefit of the loved ones who have passed away but completely forget them for a year.
My shaikh Hazrat Maulana Jalil Ahmed Akhoon sb damat barakatuham used to say that daily recitation of as fewer as 2 ayaat has been promised in a hadith with glad tidings.
We often defer our charity, zikr, recitation, and wait for substantial amount of funds, time, and tranquility. This approach is inaccurate and this wait is futile. Why should we wait when the Prophet sallallaho alaihi wassalam and his companions did not waited for tranquility and affluence and started whatever they could in whatever situations they were in.
In essense one should practise such nafil deeds that he/she could perform consistently, no matter how small they are.
My shaikh Hazrat Maulana Jalil Ahmed Akhoon sb damat barakatuham often quotes the saying of Hazrat Shaikh Abu Yahya Muneeri RA that it’s relatively easier for one to overlook the fame he receives from the world but it’s a quite tedious task to dismiss what he boastfully thinks about himself.
My shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb RA used to say that we must not think of a good deed as our own achievement and used to quote the following verse:
مَاۤ اَصَابَکَ مِنۡ حَسَنَۃٍ فَمِنَ اللّٰہِ ۫ وَمَاۤ اَصَابَکَ مِنۡ سَيئَۃٍ فَمِنۡ نَّفۡسِکَ ؕ
Translation: Whatever good comes to you, it is from Allah and whatever evil visits you, it comes from your own selves.
[Surah An-Nisa’ 79]
Self-Boasting or عجب is such a serious disease that some salaf say that Satan (Iblees) was not misguided because of any other Satan rather he astrayed just because of self-boasting. When he was asked to prostrate Adam AS he refused and objected in a self-boasting tone that he is made up of fire and Adam is made up of sand. خلقتنى من نار و خلقته من طين
I had the honor to attend few Quran completion ceremony at a taraveeh congregation this Ramadan.
Allah taala has addressed people differently according to the situation and audiences.
At a number of occasions, Allah Ta’ala provides stories with which we can draw parallels in our lives and we can extract guidance for ourselves.
Normally we see a carrot and stick approach where bounties are promised on practicing Taqwa and good deeds. On other hand exemplary punishment is announced for the transgressors.
But Allah as our Creator and Sustainer and the one Who loves His creations the most has chosen a special way of addressing us. This is the universal language of love that each one of us can understand and feel.
یٰۤاَیُّہَا الۡاِنۡسَانُ مَا غَرَّکَ بِرَبِّکَ الۡکَرِیۡمِ ۙ
Translation: O man! What has deceived you about your Gracious Lord
[Surah Al-Infitar 6]
کَلَّاۤ اِنَّہُمۡ عَنۡ رَّبِّہِمۡ یَوۡمَئِذٍ لَّمَحۡجُوۡبُوۡنَ ؕ
Translation: No! Indeed they will be screened off from their Lord on that Day.
[Surah Al-Mutaffifin 15]
My shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb RA used to elaborate that on the Day of Resurrection, Allah SWT will draw a curtain and will not let the transgressors see Him as a punishment. My shaikh points out that this punishment to the disloyals of not allowing a glimpse of Him can only be given by the most loving One. Like a mother, when her son or daughter disobeys or mistreats her, she punishes them and asks them not to see her face. This punishment proves the amount of love she has for her children as keeping them away will be enough punishment to show them her displeasure.
Hence, we must think of this twice before we could think of committing any act that displeases Him. This is what we refer to as the universal language of love which we all can understand and feel.