The Good Deed That Will Save You From The Hellfire
Allah made 4 months sacred in the year: Rajab, Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, and Muharram. The Arabs used to magnify these months during the Days of Ignorance and they stop fighting and killing. Even if a man saw the killer of his father he woul would d not seek to retaliate. In Surat at-Tawbah [9:36], Allah says:
“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year). It was so ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth. Of them four are Sacred, (i.e. the 1st, 7th, 11th and 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them. And fight against the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) collectively, as they fight against you collectively. But know that Allah is with those who are Al-Muttaqun.”
Let us not wrong ourselves by committing sins, because sins in this month are more grievous in punishment, and good deeds are multiplied.
We are approaching the month of Ramadan, and we want to reach it while we have high faith. One of the means of increasing in faith is by performing good deeds. The more one performs good deeds, the more his faith will increase and the more he will avoid sins. Allah says in Surat az-Zalzalah [99: 7-8]:
“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.”
“And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.”
If one does good equal to the weight of an atom he will see it on the Day of Judgment and no one knows which good deed will save him from the Hellfire. Perhaps the good deeds one does not view as very important are great in Allah’s sight and are the ones that will be accepted by Him. Therefore do not belittle any good deed. Allah opened the gate for us; we must take advantage of it.
If you cannot give charity – then say a good word, smile, help others, remove harm from the road, etc. Do any good that comes to your mind, and have hope that Allah will accept it from you, especially because we are in the month of Rajab. If the Arabs honored these months during the Days of Ignorance; then us, after Allah has bestowed the blessing of Islam upon us, should honor it more. Our state during the month of Rajab should not be the same as our state during other months. When the believer knows that these months are great months in Allah’s sight, it will motivate him to perform good deeds and abstain from sin.