Good Deeds –> Heaven or Hell?

Assalam u ‘alaikum,
Bismillah.

We read a very amazing thing the other day in class. In Arabic specially, the words actually strike your heart like arrows.
It’s amazing because it is simple, straight and deep at the same time.

The excerpt is as follows.

وإذا عمل الإنسان الأعمال الصالحة

“And when a person does good deeds”

What comes to your mind upon hearing the words ‘good deeds’?

5 times prayers, fasts, zakat, charity, hajj, umra, extra nafal prayer, being good to parents, family, helping poor and needy, bringing positive change, being respectful to elders, loving towards children, wearing a hijab, having a beard, speaking only good words, doing social work, spending one’s time productively.
(Long list, huh? You’ll have to refer to it again in this post).

So, anyway, a person who does good deeds brings to your mind the perfect picture of a model human being.

Then,

والقلب متوجه إلى الله

“And his heart is turned towards Allah”

So, we have been told 2 things about a person here; (i) he does good deeds and (ii) his heart is turned towards Allah.

It doesn’t say or his heart is turned towards Allah, it uses the word and, which means these 2 conditions are compulsory for each other and none can do without the other one.

Now that we have established this point, put it this way, all the time he is doing good deeds and all the time his heart is turned towards Allah.

So when he fulfills these two conditions, what happens?

كانت هذه الأعمال سبباً لدخول الجنة

“Those (good) deeds will cause him to enter jannah.”

Now you might say, ‘okay this is pretty simple; we all know good deeds make you enter jannah’. And I would say, ‘wait till you get to the next part’.

Next it says,

وإذا عمل الإنسان الأعمال الصالحة

“And when a person does good deeds”

(Do NOT read any further unless you go back and read that list of good deeds again, very carefully).

Done? Read on.

والقلب متوجه إلى غير الله

“And his heart is turned towards other-than-Allah”

What is other-than-Allah? It could be anything that turns one away from Allah and that other-than-Allah thing might not be bad itself.

So it could be, to begin with, idols made up of stones, clay, wood etc., then it could be anything your heart is turned towards. Your heart could be turned towards a great personality, celebrity, a teacher, a friend, parents, spouse, money, pets, gadgets, fame, pride, power, cars, food, satisfaction, one’s own self, boyfriend/girlfriend, rules, fear, country, movies, sports, music etc. etc.

So one’s heart can be pretty much turned towards anything.

He’s doing good deeds and all the time his heart is turned towards something (i.e. anything) other-than-Allah.

So if a person has these 2 things, what would happen?

كانت هذه الإعمال سبباً لدخول النار

“Those (good) deeds will cause him to enter the (hell) fire.”

Now wait a minute, those good deeds, those scrumptious awesome angelic deeds would make him enter hellfire? Huh?

(Go quickly read the list of good deeds again).

Yes, these fabulous good deeds would cause him to enter hellfire. Why???

Because while doing those good deeds, his heart was supposed to be turned towards Allah, he was supposed to do those good deeds for Him.

It’s almost like the first step is his heart is turned towards Allah, he recognizes his Lord, loves Him then the second step is in order to please Him, he does those good deeds.

But if his heart is turned towards something other than Allah, then his doing good deeds is hollow, empty and false. No point in doing them!

Now imagine that person is you and read the following slowly and deeply,

وإذا عمل الإنسان الأعمال الصالحة، والقلب متوجه إلى الله، كانت هذه الأعمال سبباً لدخول الجنة، وإذا عمل الإنسان الأعمال الصالحة، والقلب متوجه إلى غير الله، كانت هذه الإعمال سبباً لدخول النار.

“And when a person does good deeds, and his heart is turned towards Allah, those (good) deeds will cause him to enter jannah, and when a person does good deeds, and his heart is turned towards other-than-Allah, those (good) deeds will cause him to enter the (hell) fire.”

Wassalam.

 

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5 comments on “Good Deeds –> Heaven or Hell?

  1. SubhanAllah. This indeed is scary.. was so excited in the start I ACTUALLY went back and read the whole list again… And then BAM!

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