30 GOOD ACTS FOR 30 GOOD DEEDS

INTRODUCTION
It’s Ramadan again!
It is the month where the shaytan is chained and locked up, Allah’s mercy and blessings are abundant, and there is peace in the air.
In Islam, for a good deed to be accepted by Allah, it has to be done according to what the Qur’an and sunnah has legislated, with true sincerity.
Narrated ‘Abu Said Al-Khudri:

Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “If a person embraces Islam sincerely, then Allah shall forgive all his past sins, and after that starts the settlements of accounts, the reward of his good deeds will be ten times to seven hundred times for each good deed and one evil deed will be recorded as it is unless Allah forgives it.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari. Book 2, Hadith 34]

Below are 30 acts of worship for 30 good deeds (or more!) in this month of Ramadan:
FAST, OF COURSE.
It is narrated by Abu Hurairah in Sahih Al-Bukhari, that Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W.) said: “Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Book 2, Hadith 31]

PRAY THE 5 DAILY SALAH
Allah says in the Qur’an:
“Guard strictly (five obligatory) As-Salawat (the prayers) especially the middle Salat (i.e. the best prayer –‘Asr). And stand before Allah with obedience [and do not speak to others during the Salat (prayers)]” [Surah Al-Baqarah 2:238]It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:
“Do you think that is there a river by the door of any one of you, and he bathed in it five times a day, would there be any trace of dirt left on him?’ They said: “No trace of dirt would be left on him.” He said: “That is the likeness of the five daily prayers. By means of them Allah erases sins.” [Sunan an-Nasa’i. Book 5, Hadith 13]

READ THE QUR’AN
There is a lot of hadith on the rewards of reading the Qur’an. Among these hadiths are those below;
Narrated Aisha:
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Such a person recites the Qur’an and masters it by heart, will be with the noble righteous scribes (in Heaven). And such a person exerts himself to learn the Qur’an by heart, and recites it with great difficulty, will have a double reward.” [Sahih al-Bukhari; Book 65, Hadith 4987]

Narrated ‘Muhammad bin Ka’b Al-Qurazi:
“I heard ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud saying: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: ‘[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 Alif Lam Mim is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.”

[Jami’at at-Tirmidhi; Book 45, Hadith 3158]

DIKHR OF ALLAH
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that:
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: ‘Two words which are light on the tongue and heavy in the Balance, and beloved to the Most Merciful: Subhan-Allah wa bi hamdhi, Subhan-Allahil-‘Azim (Glory and praise is to Allah, glory is to Allah the Almighty).” (Sahih) [Sunan Ibn Majah. Book 33, Hadith 151]

PRAY SALATUL DUHA
Narrated ‘Abu al-Aswad al-Dailani said:
While we were present with Abu Dharr, he said: In the morning, alms are due for him, every fast is alms, every pilgrimage is alms, every utterance of “Glory be to Allah” is alms, every utterance of “Allah is most great” is alms, every utterance of “Praise be to Allah” is alms. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) recounted all such good works. He then said: Two rak’ahs which one prays in the Duha (forenoon) serve instead of that. [Sunan Abu Dawood; Book 5, Hadith 37]It was also narrated that Abu Hurairah said:
“The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “Whoever regularly prays two Rak’ah of Duha, his sins will be forgiven even if they are like the foam of the sea.” [Sunan Ibn Majah; Book 5, Hadith 1445]

PRAY THE 12 RAKAH SUNNAH PRAYERS
The 12 rak’ah sunnah salahs are the nafl prayers done before and/or after a fard salah. These sunnah salahs are: 2 rak’ah before fajr; 4 rak’ah before dhuhr and 2 rak’ah after it; 2 rak’ah after magrib; and 2 rak’ah after isha.
It was narrated that Anas bin Malik said:
“I heard the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) say: “Whoever prays Duha with twelve Rak’ah, Allah will build for him a place of gold in paradise.” [Sunan Ibn Majah; Book 5, Hadith 1443]

SMILE
Narrated ‘Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
“Your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is charity for you.” (Hasan) [Jami’ at-Tirmidhi; Book 27, Hadith 2083]

ENJOIN GOOD, FORBID EVIL.
“The believers, men and women, are Auliya’ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on the people) Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monothiesm and all that Islam orders one to do), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islam has forbidden); they perform As-salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give the Zakat, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His Mercy on them. Surely Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” (Surah At-Taubah 9:71)

QIYAMUL LAYL / TAHAJJUD
“And in some parts of the night (also) offer the Salat (prayer) with it (i.e. recite the Qur’an in the prayer) as an additional prayer (Tahajjud optional prayer Nawafil) for you (O Muhammad S.A.W). It may be that your Lord will raise you to Maqaman Mahmuda (a station of praise and glory, i.e. the highest degree in Paradise!) [Surah Al-Isra’ 17:79]“Verily the rising by night (for Tahajjud prayer) is very hard and most potent and good for governing (the soul), and most suitable for (understanding) the Word (of Allah). [Surah Al-Muzzamil 73:6]

EAT SAHOUR
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Take Suhur as there is a blessing in it.” [Sahih al-Bukhari; Book 30; Hadith 32]

GIVE CHARITY
It was narrated from Amr bin Shu’aib, from his father, that his grandfather said:
“The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: ‘Eat and drink, and give charity, and wear clothes, as long as that does not involve any extravagance or vanity.” [Sunan Ibn Majah; Book 32, Hadith 3736]

SEEK ALLAH’S FORGIVENESS AND REPENT.
Allah relates the story of Prophet Nuh (A.S) in the Qur’an, when he was admonishing his people:
“I said (to them): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily He is Oft-Forgiving; –‘He will send to you rain in abundance;’ –‘And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.” [Surah Nuh 71: 10-12]Imagine! We get all that just by asking Allah for forgiveness.
In another part of the Qur’an, Allah says:
“So glorify the Praises of your Lord, and ask for His Forgiveness. Verily, He is the One Who accepts the repentance and forgives.” [Surah An-Nasr 110: 3]

SAY BISMILLAH
Narrated ‘Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: When one of you eats, he should mention Allah’s name: if he forgets to mention Allah’s name at the beginning, he should say: ‘In the name of Allah at the beginning and at the end of it.” [Sunan Abu Dawood. Book 28, Hadith 32]This is same with everything else that we want to do. It is advised that we start our tasks with ‘Bismillah’ so that Allah would put His barakah (blessings) on it.

MAKE DUA FOR OTHERS
Abu Dharr reported that Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said:
There is no believing servant who supplicates for his brother behind his back (in his absence) that the Angels do not say: The same be for you too. [Sahih Muslim. Book 49, Hadith 7103]

KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL / BE GRATEFUL
Narrated ‘Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
“Whoever is not grateful to people, he is not grateful to Allah.” (Sahih) [Jami ‘at-Tirmidhi; Book 27, Hadith 2081]“And no person can ever die except by Allah’s Leave and at an appointed term. And whoever desires a reward in (this) world, We shall give him of it; and whoever desires a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give him thereof. And We shall reward the grateful.” [Surah Aal-e-Imran 3:145]“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.” [Surah Ibrahim 14:7]

HELP OUT AROUND THE HOUSE
Al-Aswad reported: I asked Aisha, “What did the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, do when he was with his family? Aisha said, “The Prophet would do chores for his family and he would go out when it was time for prayer.” [Sahih al-Bukhari 644]On the authority of Jābir b. ‘Abd Allāh, the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) said:
“The best person is the one most useful to others.” [Hasan. al-Ṭabarānī, al-Mu’jam al-Awsaṭ: 5787]

READ BOOKS ON ISLAM (SEEKING KNOWLEDGE)
Narrated Abu Musa:
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me is like abundant rain falling on the earth, some of which was fertile soil that absorbed rain water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. (And) another portion of it was hard and held the rain water and Allah benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking, making their animals drink from it and for irrigation of the land for cultivation. (And) a portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor being forth vegetation (then that land gave no benefits). The first is the example of a person who comprehends Allah’s religion and gets benefit (from the knowledge) which Allah has revealed through me (the Prophets and learns and then teaches it to others. The last example is that of a person who does not care for it and does not take Allah’s guidance revealed through me (He is like that barren land).” [Sahih al-Bukhari. Book 3, Hadith 21]

FEED A FASTING PERSON
This one is especially for my Muslim sisters, who spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing iftar:
Narrated ‘Zaid bin Khalid Al-Juhani narrated that:
The Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever provides the food for a fasting person to break his fast with, then for his is the same reward as his (the fasting person’s), without anything being diminished from the reward of the fasting person.” (Sahih) [Jami’ at-Tirmidhi; Book 8, Hadith 126]

GOOD MANNERS
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said:
“The Prophet (pbuh) was asked: ‘What most admits people to Paradise?’ He said: ‘Piety and good manners.’ And he was asked: ‘What leads people to Hell?’ He said: ‘The two hollow ones: The mouth and the private part.” [Sunan Ibn Majah. Book 37, Hadith 4387]Narrated ‘Masruq:
We were sitting with ‘Abdullah bin Amr who was narrating to us (hadith): Hw said, “Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) was neither a Fahish nor a Mutafahhish, and he used to say: ‘The best among you are the best in character (having good manners).” [Sahih al-Bukhari. Book 78, Hadith 65]Narrated Abu Wahb narrated that:
‘Abdullah bin Al-Mubarak explained good character, and then he said: “It is a smiling face, doing one’s best in good, and refraining from harm.” (Sahih) [Jami’ at-Tirmidhi. Book 27, Hadith 2136]

DON’T GET ANGRY
Narrated ‘Abu Hurairah narrated that a man came to the Messenger of Allah and said:
“Teach me something that is not too much for me so that, perhaps I may abide by it.” He (pbuh) said: “Do not get angry.” He repeated that (the request) a number of times, each time he replied: ‘Do not get angry.” (Sahih) [Jami’ at-Tirmidhi. Book 27, Hadith 2152]

COVER THE FAULTS OF OTHERS
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s apostle as saying:
The servant (who conceals) the faults of others in this world, Allah would conceal his faults on the Day of Resurrection. [Sahih Muslim. Book 46, Hadith 6760]

GOOD SPEECH
Abu Hurairah reported the Messenger of Allah (May peace be upon him) as saying:
He who believes in Allah and in the last day should honour his guest; he who believes in Allah and the last day should not harm his neighbour, and he who believes in Allah and the last day should speak good or keep silence. [Sunan Abu Dawood. Book 43, Hadith 382]Abu Hurairah narrated that:
The Prophet said: “Whoever does not leave false speech, and acting according to it, then Allah is not in any need of him leaving his food and his drink.” (Sahih) [Jami’ at-Tirmidhi. Book 8, Hadith 26]

TREAT THE NEIGHBOUR WELL
It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) observed:
“He will not enter paradise whose neighbour is not secure from his wrongful conduct.”
“He who believes in Allah and the Last Day should either utter good words or better keep silence; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should treat his neighbour with kindness and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should show hospitality to his guest.”
[Sahih Muslim; Book 1, Hadith 79 & 80]

BE KIND TO PARENTS
“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.” [Surah Al-Isra 17:23]Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Let him be humbled! Again, let him be humbled! Again, let him be humbled!” It was said, “Who is it, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet said, “The one who sees his parents grow old, one or both of them, and he does not enter Paradise through them.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2551
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

PICKING HARMFUL THINGS FROM THE ROAD
It was narrated from Abu Dharr that the Prophet (pbuh) said:
“My nation was shown to me with their good deeds and bad deeds. Among their good deeds I saw a harmful thing being removed from the road. And among their bad deeds I saw sputum in the mosque that had not been removed.” (Sahih) [Sunan Ibn Majah. Book 33, Hadith 27]

SALUTATION ON THE PROPHET (SAW)
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever sends Salah upon me once, Allah will send Salah upon him ten-fold, and will erase ten sins from him, and will raise him ten degrees in status.”
[Narrated by Nasai #1297 V.3 Pg.50; and Haakim in Mustadrak 1/550 (He said, it is authentic and Zahabi agreed); and Ibn Hibban in his Saheeh #904 (Shaikh Shu’aib said, its chain is authentic.)]Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “The person closest to me on the Day of Judgement is the one who sent the most Salat upon me.” [Narrated by Tirmithi #484 and he said it is sound (hasan gharib)]

LOWERING THE GAZE
“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do. -And tell the believing woman to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) …” [Surah An-Nur 24:30-31]Ibn Shuja’ al-Kirmani said, “Whosoever builds his outward form upon following the Sunnah, his internal form upon perpetual contemplation and awareness of Allah, he restrains his soul from following desires, he lowers his gaze from the forbidden things and he always eats the lawful things then his perception and insight shall never be wrong.”

  1. & 30. ATTENDING FUNERALS, SAYING YARHAKUMULLAH TO ONE WHO SNEEZES, VISITING THE SICK
    Narrated ‘Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib said:
    “The Messenger of Allah commanded us to do seven things: He commanded us to attend funerals, visit the sick, to reply (say: Yarhamuk Allah- may Allah have mercy on you) to one who sneezes, to accept invitations, to support the oppressed, to fulfill oaths (when adjured by another) and to return greetings of Salaam.” [Sunan an-Nasa’i; Book 35, Hadith 18]

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