The good righteous deeds that last

Question: What are the "good righteous deeds that last" that are mentioned in the aayah:

"But the good righteous deeds that last, are better with your Lord for rewards and better in respect of hope"[al-Kahf 18:46]

 

Answer: Praise be to Allaah. The scholarly opinions concerning the "good righteous deeds that last" all boil down to one thing: they are all actions which are pleasing to Allaah, whether we say that they are the five daily prayers, as was narrated from a group of the salaf, including Ibn 'Abbaas, Sa'eed ibn Jubayr,? Abu Maysarah and 'Umar ibn Sharhabeel; or that it means [the phrases], "Subhaan-Allaah wa'l-hamdu Lillaah wa laa i1aaha iII-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar. wa loa hawla wa laa quwwata iIla Billaah il'Ali i1-'Azeem (Glory be to Allaah, praise be to Allaah, there is no god but Allaah, Allaah is most great and there is no power and no strength except in Allaah, the Exalted, the Almighty)". This is the view of the majority of scholars. Indication of that was narrated in marfoo' ahaadeethnarrated from Abu Sa'eed al-Khudri, Abu'l-Darda', Abu Hurayrah. al-Nu'maan ibn Basheer and 'Aa'ishah (may Allaah be pleased with them).

This phrase "the good righteous deeds that will last" is a general phrase which includes the five daily prayers and the five phrases mentioned above (Subhaan- AIlaah. etc). as well as other deeds which are pleasing to Allaah, because they will abide and will not fade away or vanish like the adornments of the life of this world and because they are also done in the manner that pleases Allaah.

 

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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