Run, Don’t Walk! Author: Issa Abbasi

Do you remember when you were a young child? A young, rambunctious child who had more energy than ConEdison and PSEG…combined?! Well, chances are, when you were this rambunctious child that your mother would sometimes interrupt your fantasy land of “Cops and Robbers” with her trademark saying “DON’T RUN IN THE HOUSE!”

Do you remember that now?  If you don’t, there are other occasions you must have been told not to run somewhere or these days, not to speed on the road, it’s really the same.  Well, there is a case where your mother’s rule does not apply to this saying and you wouldn’t be breaking any law or scabbing your knees and hands in the process!

What can this possibly be you ask? It’s simple, you should always run…towards good deeds!  A good deed Islamically is anything that starts and ends with the intention to do good and is solely for the sake of Allah s.w.t.  Anything from removing a harmful object in the road to studying or even smiling, can be considered good deeds.

So why should you run and not walk or stroll to good deeds?

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Hasten to do good deeds before there come tribulations like pieces of a dark night, when a man will be a believer in the morning and a kaafir by evening, or he will be a believer in the evening and a kaafir by morning, selling his religious commitment for worldly gain.”

Examples of good deeds include:

  • Praying in congregation in the mosque
  • Attending funerals and offering the funeral prayer
  • Saying “Laa ilaaha illa Allah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god but Allaah alone, with no partner or associate; His is the Dominion, to Him be all praise, and He is able to do all things)” one hundred times each day.
  • Upholding the ties of kinship, and more ideas can be found at the link below


Even a smile in the face of your brother or sister is considered a good deed and charity!

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Charity is prescribed for each descendant of Adam every day the sun rises.” He was then asked: “From what do we give charity every day?” The Prophet answered: “The doors of goodness are many…enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms–all of these are charity prescribed for you.” He also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.” – Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98

You know those donation boxes you see every Friday after salah?  Well even your monetary contributions have a way of helping you gain good deeds for monetary donations extinguish sins like water extinguishes fire!

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Save yourself from hellfire by giving even half a date-fruit in charity.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 498

Finally, the most important piece of the puzzle in doing good deeds is to purify one’s intention that the deed is solely to please the Lord of the Universe.  The best way to do this is to keep your action a secret for the less who know of your work, the better and more inclined your deed is for being pure and rewarded.  Don’t worry about who sees you enjoining in good, because He sees All and knows All.

“They ask you (O Muhammad) what they should spend in charity. Say: ‘Whatever you spend with a good heart, give it to parents, relatives, orphans, the helpless, and travellers in need. Whatever good you do, God is aware of it.'” – The Holy Quran, 2:215

“ And everyone has a direction to which he should turn, therefore hasten to (do) good works; wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together; surely Allah has power over all things.– The Holy Quran, 2:148

May your good deeds be rewarded based on their intention, inshaAllah.


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One Response to “Run, Don’t Walk! Author: Issa Abbasi”

  1. This post reminded me of this quote from Muhammad AlShareef’s webinar: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” And then he went on to talk about how our first step should begin with a good intention. Jazak Allah for the reminder! How often we overlook the blessings of the small deeds! Smile and stay blessed 🙂

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