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    The Acceptance of Good Deeds

    Bismillah ir Rahman ir Raheem

    Assalaamualaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
    inshaAllah you are in the best of health, iman and happiness

    The Acceptance of Good Deeds by Shaykh Husayn al-Awaaishah
    (Kitab al-Ikhlas)

    Before a Muslim moves another step forward or performs any act or
    deed, he is obliged to acquire knowledge in the path that will lead
    him to the best end, that is, having his good deeds accepted by
    Allah, Allah willing. It is important to note that what counts is not
    the number of good deeds or acts of worship performed, for there may
    be a person wh performs many good deeds, yet, all what he gains is
    tiredness in this life and hardships in the Last Life. The Messenger
    said, what translated means, "There may be a Sa'im (fasting person)
    who only gains hunger from his Siyam (fast), and there may be a Qa'im
    (who stands up in prayer at night) who only gains Sahar (staying up
    late) from his Qiyam!" [Ibn Majah]. Rather, what truly counts is
    knowing and implementing the conditions that will ensure Allah's
    acceptance of the performed good deeds and various acts of worship.

    There are two essential conditions that must both be present in every
    performed good act or deed, so as to ensure their acceptance by
    Allah. First, a Muslim must seek Allah alone in the good deeds that
    he performs. Second, this good deed must be in total accordance with
    what Allah has legislated in His Book and what His Messenger has
    commanded in his Sunnah.

    Whenever one of those two conditions is absent from any righteous act
    or deed, then this good deed or act is neither good nor accepted, for
    Allah said, what translated means, "So whoever hopes for the meeting
    with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a
    partner in the worship of his Lord." [18:110]

    In this Ayah, Allah has decreed that any good act or deed must be
    righteous, that is, being in accordance with His Religion, and that
    He alone is sought by this good act or deed.

    In his Tafsir (explanation) of the Quran, ibn Kathir said, "these are
    the two conditions that ensure the acceptance of any righteous act:
    it must be performed for the sake of Allah alone and according to the
    Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah."

    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"