Be Warned: Your Deeds May Be Rejected

بسم لله الرحمان الرحيم
الحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله و آله أصحابه طاهرين و من تمسك بكتاب الله الحكيم و سنة رسوله الامين إلى يوم الدين و بعد

It was narrated that ‘Aishah said:
“I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, ‘And those who give that (their charity) which they give (and also do other good deeds) with their hearts full of fear.” [23:60] Is this the one who commits adultery, steals and drinks alcohol?’ He said: ‘No, O daughter of Abu Bakr’ – O daughter of Siddiq – rather it is a man who fasts and gives charity and prays, but he fears that those will not be accepted from him.’”

حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بَكْرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا وَكِيعٌ، عَنْ مَالِكِ بْنِ مِغْوَلٍ، عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ سَعِيدٍ الْهَمْدَانِيِّ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ‏{وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْتُونَ مَا آتَوْا وَقُلُوبُهُمْ وَجِلَةٌ}‏ أَهُوَ الرَّجُلُ الَّذِي يَزْنِي وَيَسْرِقُ وَيَشْرَبُ الْخَمْرَ قَالَ ‏”‏ لاَ يَا بِنْتَ أَبِي بَكْرٍ – أَوْ يَا بِنْتَ الصِّدِّيقِ – وَلَكِنَّهُ الرَّجُلُ يَصُومُ وَيَتَصَدَّقُ وَيُصَلِّي وَهُوَ يَخَافُ أَنْ لاَ يُتَقَبَّلَ مِنْهُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

Source: Sunan Ibn Majah 1/37:4198 (Hasan)

A hadeeth with such warning that not because you are doing what is right of you then you should feel confident that your actions are already accepted. It is not amongst the attitude of a believer to be at ease and carefree just because he prays, fasts, gives charity and performs hajj. How sure are you that الله will accept all of these? This narration is an explanation of a verse from the Qur’aan al-Kareem that we must be wary always because we are not the judge of ourselves in the day of recompense and on that they we will surely be trying to safeguard our own from the pulpits of hell. It is by الله with His mercy and compassion that we may enter jannah and not by our mere number of actions and deeds. If the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم explained that this is the condition of the believers as how it was stated in the verse, then what about us who are not amongst the level of eeman like those of the salaf where this narration was given? Thus, shed those tears for tawbah.

Sheikh Rabee bin Hadee was asked if tawbah an-nasuha can erase all your sins and he responded:

So these sins of yours, regardless of whether they have occurred in private or otherwise, once you have repented with a truthful repentance, a sincere repentance (tawbah), then Allaah will forgive you for whatever has preceded. [1]

It is but unfortunate that the truth is many of our brethren are more into performing the deeds in quantity but less in quality. They focus on the number of actions and yet forgets the sincerity of the deed. Many of those in the masjid with heavy hearts to perform the salah and hurries up standing after the tasleem. Have they forgotten the words of الله in Surah al-Maa’idah?

إنما يتقبل الله من المتقين – سورة المائدة ٢٦
Verily Allaah only accepts the actions of the Muttaqeen (pious) [5:27]

Thus we must be very fearful of an incident in the Day of Judgment that our deeds will not be accepted. The same way that our salaf was very fearful of such circumstance. This state of fear has been long missing in our time today especially in our native lands. Truly, many have fallen into numbers and many are inviting others towards numbers, when in fact our deen teaches us something far more important.

Now we should at the end look back at ourselves and ask, “Was I fearful when I performed such and such?”, “When was the last time I shed a tear for tawbah or a tear of joy for praising الله?” “Was I more concerned on doing the deed instead of perfecting it?”

Allahumma inna nas’alukal huda wat tuqa wal ifaafah wal gina’. Wa ba’ad…

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته


[1] via re: Benefits in Ramadhaan and Beyond.


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