Sometimes we think Jannah can only be acquired by the performance of some immense good deed. We think only big things will gain us Jannah but often forget the small deeds, which may be our ticket. Little do we realize that it may be some mere, insignificant small action that brings about the pleasure of Allah and can be our means of attaining Paradise.
How can such a small deed lead to Jannah?
The Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) has ordered us to never take any good deed lightly. A good deed is never insignificant and hence should neither be passed up nor looked upon as trivial. We do not know in which deed lie the keys to our salvation. It may be that a deed we consider as small and insignificant is actually so pleasing to Allah Almighty that He accepts it and in consequence, forgives all other shortcomings and mistakes of His servant.
We have heard the famous narration of a prostitute, who once saw a dog panting out of thirst, so she fed it water to quench it.
Consequently, Allah Almighty forgave her and brought about her reformation, all as a result of this seemingly small deed.
Benefit of Simple Deeds in this World and in the Hereafter
Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “The Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) told me:
‘Do not consider anything act insignificant, even meeting your brother with a happy face.” (Muslim)
Even the removing of an obstacle from the people’s pathway is a great reward in the sight of Allah.
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said,
“A man passed by a fallen branch in the middle of the road and said, ‘By Allah, I will remove this from the path of the Muslims so that it does not inconvenience them,’ and he was admitted into the Garden.” (Muslim)
So let us not overlook any small deed as insignificant, since, if it is done sincerely and only for the pleasure of Allah, it can mean our attaining Jannah.
So when next that opportunity arises, to turn off the lights and the fans in the masjid on your way out, to close that dripping tap properly, to give someone your favorite Itr when he asks you for it, even though he may be the homeless man on the streets, or to pick up a strewn bottle on the pathway – just do it.
It could very well be your ticket to Jannah.