As salamu aleikum, Beautiful 🙂 Eid-al-Adha is in less than two weeks time and we are all excited. Also, we know that those 10 days before Eid are going to be very important for our good deeds, for re-connecting with our Creator. So how can we make more of good deeds with less effort?
Let’s cut it straight to the point, cause I’m sure you are busy.
#1 and the best way to earn good deeds is… drum roll, please!
It’s to encourage others to do good deeds.
I know, that may seem a bit weird, but hear me out.
Imagine you suggest your husband or your other family member/friend to fast during those 10 days of Dhu al-Hijjah. At least on the day of Arafat. If they fast, you get rewarded too.
You give to charity and without escalating your good deed (it’s no ones business to know how you are getting closer to your Creator), you suggest someone else to give to charity ‘On the first 10 days of Dhu al-Hijjah is the BEST time to make good deeds. Give something to a charity. You will get rewarded’.
Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No good deeds are better than what is done in these first ten days of Dhul Ḥijjah.” Some companions of the Prophet said, “Not even jihād in the way of Allah?” The Prophet said, “Not even jihād in the way of Allah, except for a man who goes out with his life and wealth at risk and he returns with nothing.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 926
Never be pushy, though. And NEVER bully anyone into doing anything. Everything needs to be according to the persons needs and abilities.
And if you get across the I-say-yes-but-I-don’t-really-care kind of people, don’t take it personally. You know why you are spreading the love of deen and even a good intention counts.
Now kickback, plan how could you get the most good deeds:
*Share reminders/suggestions on your Facebook wall. Here is an amazing picture shared on Solace Facebook page that you could share on your own timeline or in a Muslim group.
*Call up your sister/brother/friend and schedule family fasting day;
Be creative. Breathe in and off you go.
May Allah accept your good deeds, your good intentions and may He accept the Hajj of those, who have been able to perform it, ameen.
Till next time,
As salamu aleikum,
Veronika al Mahdiyah.