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‘Preserving your Deeds’ و لا تكونوا كالتي نقضت غزلها من بعد قوة انكاثا “Do not be (foolish) like the woman who shredded her spun yarn to threads after strengthening it.” (She shredded it after all her effort of spinning it) It’s very easy to do deeds, but hard to preserve them. In the above verse Allah mentions a lady who weaves wool all day, but before sunset she breaks it due to which all her efforts have gone to waste. Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم says in one Hadith, that the poor one is the one who will come with many good deeds on the day of judgement; salah, fast, zakah etc but he backbited someone, he cursed someone, he accused someone. Because of this, his good deeds will be given to these victims and when his deeds will no longer remain, their sins will be given to him. Eventually he’ll be thrown in hell. (Muslim) In another Hadith Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم said, stay away from jealousy because it eats up those virtuous deeds you did. In one Hadith, it comes that on the day of judgement a person will see that some deeds are omitted from his record. He will ask Allah the reason. He will be told ‘Because you use to backbite in the world so your deeds were given away’. (How much backbiting do me and you do daily). So it doesn’t just stop their! You don’t do the deed and that’s it! You need to preserve it, capsulate it, protect it. In البحر المحيط under the commentary of, من جاء بالحسنة فله عشر امثالها It’s written that Allah didn’t say who performs a deed, but rather he said who brings forward a deed; which means you do it, preserve it and bring it with you on the day of judgement. We should make a habit to put the ‘Seal’ of Istighfar at the end of performing a deed. 1.Allah says, و بالأسحار هم يستغفرون After spending the whole night in worship, just before fajr (at suhoor) they repent. 2. After the prophet finished his mission of calling towards Islam and he gained victory, Allah said praise me and do istighfar, فسبح بحمد ربك و استغفر After these verses were revealed, the sahaba said that the prophet would abundantly seek forgiveness from Allah. “Perform, Preserve, Protect, Take Forward” Tafseer Raheemi
Concluding Ramadan with Istighfar (Seeking Forgiveness) Hafiz Ibn Rajab (rahimahullah) said: Istighfar (seeking forgiveness) is the conclusion of all good actions, thus salah, hajj, standing in salah at night (qiyam al-layl) are all concluded with it. Gatherings are also concluded with it. If they are gatherings of knowledge, it serves as a seal for them, and if they are futile gatherings, it serves as a compensation. Likewise, the fasts of Ramadan should be concluded with Istighfar. Umar Ibn Abd al-Azeez (rahimahullah) sent a message to different cities, ordering the people to end Ramadan with Istighfar and charity, i.e., sadaqat al-fitr, because sadaqat al-fitr is a purification for the fasting person from vain and obscene talk. Furthermore, Istighfar repairs the damage caused to the fast through vain and obscene talk. This is why some of the previous scholars said sadaqat al-fitr for the one fasting is like sajdat al-sahw for salah." Lataa'if al-Ma'arif (pg. 383) May Allah Ta'ala forgive all our shortcomings during the month of Ramadan and accept all our good actions, through His grace and mercy. Aameen. @ShkhAbdulRaheem