The Prophets Teaching’s About Being In State of Urgency for Doing Good Deeds

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. A man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening and turn disbeliever in the morning, and would sell his Faith for worldly goods.”
[Muslim].

Commentary: This Hadith tells that the Day of  Resurrection will be preceded by a long chain of calamities. Because of the rush of these calamities, religion and Faith will loose their value in people. There will be a race for wealth, so much so that people would not hesitate to compromise their religion and Faith to acquire wealth. People will rapidly change their faces. This is what actually happening. In this situation true believers are exhorted to adhere strictly to Faith and perform noble deeds without delay.

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Hasten to do good deeds before you are overtaken by one of the seven afflictions.” Then giving a warning he said, “Are you waiting for such poverty which will make you unmindful of devotion; or prosperity which will make you corrupt, or disease as will disable you, or such senility as will make you mentally unstable, or sudden death, or the anti-chirst who is the an evil expected trial for believers, or the Hour, and the Hour will be most grievous and most bitter”.
[At-Tirmidhi].

Commentary: Charity in the real sense is that which a person gives when he is healthy. If a person gives charity when he is facing death, it does not have much value before Allah. Moreover, in that condition he cannot give more than one-third of his property in charity in Islamic Law because then it becomes the property of his successors. For this reason Allah has prescribed a limit in this respect, according to which if a person going through a mortal disease wants to give his property in charity or donate it for some charitable purpose, he cannot spend more than one-third of it on this account. This injunction is an inducement for people to hurry in doing good deeds.

Once I performed the ‘Asr prayer (The after noon prayer/ 3erd prayer of the day ) in Al-Madinah (The city of the Prophet)  behind the Prophet (PBUH). Usually after prayer he would sit in his place of prayer for some time. This day  He (PBUH) got up quickly immediately after finishing the prayer, andi left in a hurry went to one of the rooms of his house. The people were startled at his haste, and when he came out and saw their astonishment at his urgency he said, “I recalled that there was left with me some gold which was meant for charity; I did not like to keep it any longer, so I gave orders that it should be distributed”.
[Al-Bukhari].

In another narration, Messenger of Allah said, “I had left some gold for Sadaqah (charity)  in the house, and did not wish to keep it overnight”.

The Prophet said, “Haste is from the qualities of the devil”

Commantary:  Haste is a negative quality in general.  However, in doing goods, like keeping ones word or asking God for forgiveness, one should be quick.

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “There are two blessings in which many people incur loss. (They are) health and free time (for doing good)”.

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