…told: ‘Say, I believe in Allah; then keep to the straight path,’ Another asked what are the essentials of a pious life. ‘Speak no evil of anyone!’ was the answer. Asked about the nature of evil the Prophet replied: ‘Do not ask me about evil, but ask me about good;’ and when he was asked what actions were most pleasing to God he said: ‘Prayer at its proper time….kindness to parents….and holy combat in God’s path.’ A man asked how he could honour his dead mother and was advised: ‘Through water. Dig a well in her name and give water to the thirsty.’ To others he said: ‘You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another….’ And he warned a man, ‘Do not consider any act of kindness insignificant,’ adding, ‘even meeting your Muslim brother with a cheerful face!’ In the same vein he said: ‘If anyone removes one of the anxieties of this world from a believer, Allah will remove one of the anxieties of the Day of Resurrection from him…’
From Gai Eaton. Islam and the Destiny of Man.
When the earth is shaken by a mighty shaking, and the earth yields up her burdens, and man cries out: "What ails her?" On that Day she will tell her tales, as Your Lord will have inspired her. On that Day mankind will issue, separately, to be shown their deeds. Whoever has done an atom’s weight of good will see it then, and whoever has done an atom’s weight of ill will see it then. (99:1-8)
Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wassalam said, "Avail yourself of five things before five: Your youth before your old-age, your health before your illness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before your occupation and your life before your death."
Insha’Allah, ponder over adding some of the following, as taught by our Beloved Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wassalam, to your "free" time making the "atom’s weight" in the balance heavier.
Salawaat wa Salam ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammad SallAllahu alaihi wassalam
Tahayittul Wudhu Salaat
Tahayittul Masjid Salaat.
Fasting: Day of Arafat, Ashurah, many days of Sha’ban, the white days of every month, Monday and Thursday, 6 days of Shawwal,
Giving charity to the poor
Increasing your daily dhikr
Offering Fardh prayers in the Masjid
Feeding a fasting person at Iftar time
Being a good neighbor
Wearing the Sunnah clothing
Looking, contemplating the Ka’bah and Masjid Nabawi As-Shareef, even if a photograph.
Perfecting your Wudhu.
Building a Mosque
Helping the elderly
Adopt, foster an orphan
Give a Qur’an as a legacy
Teach young Muslims the pillars of Islam.
Adopting more of the Sunnah into your house
Praying for the Ummah.
Attending Islamic lectures, seminars, listening to audios of the same.
According to Shaykh Ahmad Tijani, as stated in "Jawahir al-Ma’ani", where he explains the best form of Nafila: ‘As for he who perseveres in the prayer on the Prophet, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, even if he is attributed all the faults committed by all the inhabitants of the earth, while adding to them without end, from the creation of the world until its ending, Allah—may He be praised and exalted—will forgive him these faults in the ocean of His forgiveness and grace, Fadhl.’
Note: the footnote 2 from the text above reads, "Among the people of Medina was aparticularly ugly little man called Zahir. The prophet was fond of him, and seeing him in the market, came up behind him and slipped his arms round his waist. Turning is surprise, Zahir shouted, ‘Who’s this?’ and then, seeing who it was, leaned back against the prophet’s chest. The Prophet called out: ‘Who will buy this slave from me?’ ‘Alas,’ said Zahir, ‘you will find me worthless goods, I swear by Allah.’ ‘But in the sight of Allah you are by no means worthless,’ said the Prophet."
Insha’Allah, please add more as a comment for the benefit of us all.
And….a ponderabale of a different "flavour"
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All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. Ameen.