Some simple principles include, inter alia,
- cause no harm and injury to another person;
- be kind and help people; and
- be very kind, even to animals.
Once Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) was passing through and he noticed a few companions attempting to set fire to a mound of an ant-colony. Upon seeing this, Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) became extremely angry and remarked that it’s only the right of Allah Ta’ala to punish, by using fire.
Allah Ta’ala loves the act of kindness towards mankind irrespective of how small and freckled it may seem in the eyes of man. Abu Huraira (RA) reports that Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
“Once a person was walking through a pathway and came across a thorny branch obstructing the way. He removed the branch from the pathway. Allah Ta’ala loved this act very much and forgave him.” (Tirmizi)
We can never be sure which act, however small, will be loved and accepted by our Rabb, Allah Ta’ala. Additionally, such acts can become a means of our forgiveness and salvation in the hereafter.
Allah Ta’ala is Raheem (Most Forgiving), Kareem (Most Compassionate), Maalik-ul-Mulk (Owner of the Universe), and we do not know exactly which act is loved by Him. Therefore, we should never underestimate a good act because that act, done with sincerity, may be accepted in the court of Allah Ta’ala and serve as a means of our salvation in the hereafter.
Removing something from the path is an act of Sadaqa (charity). Likewise Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) mentioned other acts of charity:
- Smiling at you Muslim brother.
- Giving good advice to someone and preventing him from wrong.
- Giving direction to some stranger in you locality.
- To read out for someone who has weak eyesight.
- To remove form the path a stone, bone, thorny branch, etc.
- To provide water into your brother’s container.
These are only some good acts mentioned by our Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) that contribute towards our value system.
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