Easy Actions For Which Rewards Are Multiplied
Primary reference: “Al-A`mal al-Mudaa`afah” (Dar al-Watan,Riyadh)
By Sulaymaan ibn Saalih al-Kharaashi
How great will be the regret of those who waste the opportunity!
1. Preserving the ties of kinship: " Whoever wishes that
his provision be increased and his age lengthened, let him
maintain the ties of kinship." [al-Bukhari and Muslim]
2. Performing many prayers in the two noble Harams (in
Makkah and Madinah): "Prayer in this masjid of mine is
superior to a thousand prayers elsewhere, except for Masjid
al-Haram, and prayer in Masjid al-Haram is superior to one
hundred thousand prayers elsewhere." [Ahmad and ibn Majah]
3. Performing prayers in congregation. "Prayer in
congregation is superior to praying individually
twenty-seven times." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
4. Praying `Isha and Fajr in congregation: "He who prays
Isha' in Jama'ah [congregation] is as if he has prayed for
half the night. As to him who (also) prays Fajr in
congregation, it is as if he has prayed all night."
[narrated by Malik and the wording is that of Muslim who
also reported it]
5. Performing voluntary prayers at home. "Superiority of a
man's prayer in his home over his prayer when people see
him is like the superiority of an obligatory prayer over a
voluntary one." [al-Bayhaqi, classed as Saheeh by
al-Albani] "The most superior prayer of a person is in his
home, except for obligatory prayers." [al-Bukhari and
6. Observing some manners of the day of Jumu`ah. "Whoever
ghassala (washes his head, and it is said: has intercourse
with his wife so that it be a means to lower the gaze from
the haram that day) on the day of Jumuah, then comes in the
earliest time and before the first khutbah, walks and
doesn't ride, stays near the Imam, listens and does not
speak - for each step [he makes] he has actions of one
year, the reward of fasting and standing in prayer in it."
7. Salat ul-Ishraq. "Whoever prays al-ghadaa (i.e. al fajr)
in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until sunrise,
then prays two units of prayer, has a complete reward of
Hajj and `Umrah [The Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam,
repeated 'complete' three times for emphasizing]."
[at-Tirmidhi, classed as Saheeh by al-Albani]
8. Attending lectures in the mosque. "Whoever goes to the
mosque not desiring except to learn or teach what is good
has the reward of a pilgrim who completed his Hajj."
[at-Tabarani, classed as Saheeh by Al-Albani]
9. Performing `Umrah in the month of Ramadhan. "`Umrah in
Ramadhan is equal to a Hajj with me." [al-Bukhari]
10. Performing obligatory prayers in the Mosque. "Whoever
leaves his home in a state of purity to perform obligatory
prayer, his reward is like that of a pilgrim (while) in the
state of ihram [i.e. he receives reward similar to that of
spending time in ihram during Hajj]." [Abu Dawud, classed
as Saheeh by Al-Albani] So one should be in a state of
purity when leaving one's home, rather than the place for
ablution within the mosque, except due to necessity.
11. Being from the people of the first row in
congregational prayers. `Irbad bin Saariyah, may Allah be
pleased with him, said: "The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu
`alayhi wa sallam, used to seek forgiveness for [the people
of] the first row three times, and for [the people of the]
second row once." [an-Nasa'i and Ibn Majah]. "Allah and His
Angels make salawat upon [the people of] the first row."
[Ahmad, with a good isnad]
12. Prayer in Masjid Qubaa' in Madinah: "Whoever purifies
himself in his house then comes to Masjid Qubaa' and prays
in it has the reward like that of `Umrah." [an-Nasa'i and
13. Saying what the caller to prayer says: "Say as they say
[i.e. callers to prayer], and when you finish, ask and you
will be given." [Abu Dawud and An-Nasa'i] That is,
supplicate when you finish repeating after the caller to
14. Fasting Ramadhan and following it with six days of
Shawwal. "Whoever fasts Ramadhan, then follows it with six
(days) of Shawwal, it is like fasting all the time."
15. Fasting three days each month. "Whoever fasts three
days each month, it s like fasting all the time."
[at-Tirmidhi]. This is supported by the verse, "Whoever
comes with a good deed for him is a tenfold [reward]." One
day being equal to ten days.
16. Providing food for breaking of the fast: "Whoever
provides food for breaking of the fast of a fasting person
receives the reward of the fasting person, without the
reward of the fasting person being reduced in any way."
[at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah]
17. Standing in prayer on Laylatul-Qadr. "Laylatul Qadr is
better than a thousand months" [Qur'an 97:3], that is,
superior to approximately 83 years of worship.
18. Jihad. "Standing of a man in a row (saff) in the way of
Allah is superior to 60 years of worship." [al-Hakim,
classed as Saheeh by al-Albani] This is the superiority of
standing in a row, so what about one who fights in the way
of Allah for days, or months, or years?
19. Ribaat. "Whoever takes a post (at borders of Muslim
lands, where an enemy may be expected) for a day and night
in the way of Allah has the reward of fasting and standing
in prayer for a month, and whoever dies in such a state
receives a continuous reward similar to it, and is [also]
rewarded with provision and saved from al-Fattaan."
[Related by Muslim] Al-Fattaan is punishment of the grave.
20. Righteous actions in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.
"There are no days in which righteous deeds are dearer to
Allah than these ten [days of Dhul Hijjah]." They said, "O
Messenger, even jihad in the way of Allah?" He said, "Not
even jihad in the way of Allah, except for the man who
leaves with his wealth, and does not return with any of it
(life or wealth)." [al-Bukhari]
21. Frequent recitation of Qur'anic soorahs. "Qul
Huwa'Llahu Ahad" is equal to a third of the Qur'an and "Qul
yaa ayyuha'l Kaafiroon" is equal to a fourth of the
Qur'an." [at-Tabarani, classed as Saheeh by Al-Albani]
22. Al-Istighfaar. "Whoever seeks forgiveness for believing
men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good
deed for each believing man ad believing woman."
[at-Tabarani, classed as Hasan by Al-Albani]
23. Fulfilling people's needs. "That I walk with my Muslim
brother in [fulfilling his] need is dearer to me than being
in i`tikaf in the masjid for a month." [Ibn Abi Dunya,
classed as Hasan by al-Albani]
24. Dhikr. That I say 'Subhaan Allah, wal-Hamdu li'Llah, wa
laa ilaaha ill Allahu wa'Llahu Akbar' is dearer to me than
what the sun has risen upon." [Muslim]
"Whoever enters a market and says: 'Laa ilaaha ill Allah
waHdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul mulku wa lahul Hamdu yuHyi
wa yumeetu wa huwa Hayyun laa yamoot, bi yadihil khayr,
wahuwa `alaa kulli shay'in qadeer' [there is nothing worthy
of worship but Allah, He is alone without partner, to Him
belongs dominion and praise, he causes life and death and
He is the Living and does not die. In His Hand is all the
good, and He is over all things competent.] Allah will
write for him a million good deeds, erase a million of his
bad deeds and raise him a million levels."[at-Tirmidhi,
classed as Hasan by al-Albani] There are many other words
of rememberance which are rewarded abundandtly, as is well
"There are two blessings which many people lose: good
health and free time." [al-Bukhari]