By: Inayatullah Hasyim
How beautiful when talking about heaven. Allah SWT said, “Those who believe and do good deeds, for them is paradise, paradise is a place to live. They are immortal in it, they do not want to move from it.” (Surat al-Kahf: 107-108). The Messenger of Allāh mentioned a number of minor events which led one to become an expert in heaven, with practice on one day.
One day the Prophet Muhammad asked, “Who among you fasted today?”. Abu Bakr RA replied: “Me”. The Messenger of Allāh asked again, “Who of you has taken part in the funeral today?” Abu Bakar RA said: “Me”. The Prophet Muhammad said again, “Who among you is feeding the poor today?”. Abu Bakr said again, “Me”. The Messenger of Allaah asked again, “Who of you visited the sick today?” Abu Bakr replied, “Me”.
Rasulullah SAW then said, “If all the deeds accumulated in someone (like this), surely he would go to heaven”. On Abu Bakar RA on that day all the goodness of light collected, but delivered to heaven. So, in another narration, Umar bin Khattab RA commented, “oh … that is (practice) the expert of heaven”.
Indeed, combining all the work in one day is not easy. However, with intention and sincerity, we can do it. Because, as Ibnul Qayyim said, “The happiness of the world and the hereafter rests on how much (struggle) we fights fatigue, there is no (pleasure) rest for those who do not feel tired, even as big as fatigue, pleasure of rest (can be felt).”
Fasting sunnah Monday-Thursday is a very useful service. Besides being healthy, it is a practice recommended by the Prophet Muhammad. He said, “Good deeds are reported every Monday and Thursday, so I love my charity, reportedly being fasted.” (Tirmidhi). In addition, the Prophet also said, fasting keeps you away from your attitude.
Visiting a friend or sick relative is a very valuable main practice. Even though we come without carrying any fruit, our presence for the sick arouses enthusiasm for him to recover.
In the history of Jabir bin Abdullah, the Messenger of Allāh, said, “He who visits a sick person will surely receive mercy. Then, if he sits beside him, he is still in grace, and when he comes out of the sick he is kept shaded mercy until he returned to his house “. In the book “Al-Ikhtiarat al-Fiqhiyah”, Imam Ibn Taymiyah even said that the law of visiting the sick was fardhu kifayah. That is, if there is no one who cares about a sick neighbor, all citizens are guilty of it.
Likewise go to funeral when visiting relatives who are afflicted with death, for example, it is light work. However, the effect is very powerful for families. So, in another history, the Messenger of Allāh suggested to say, “Allah is the One who took. (For) He gave and at His side, all things have certain death”.
With that statement, it is expected to reassure someone of his grief. So important is this takziah (go to funeral) practice, so that Imam Syafi’i said, “there is no time limit for saying takziah sentences”. (Kitab al-Umm).
Feeding the poor is another charity that looks light. A plate of rice that we give to someone who is starving is actually not just filling his stomach, but also strengthening the inner eye of brotherhood with him. That, he will feel there is someone else who cares about the difficulties of life that he is facing.
The struggle of righteous people who feed the poor is alleged by Allah SWT in His word, (meaning) “Indeed, We give food to you only to expect the pleasure of Allah, We do not want a reply from you and neither (greeting) thank you” (QS al-Insan: 9). Hopefully, the good deeds that are exemplified by Abu Bakar RA we can do. Aamiin.