I was surfing the Internet, looking for something to read on some Islamic websites. I found the famous www.islamway.org and found a very short article written by Hussin Ahmed. I read it and thought it would be nice if I edit it and republish it here with some additions and comments. He wrote:
Paradise is the greatest gift to every Muslim and every wise Muslim takes the advantage to get more blessings in this beautiful place. Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) told us about a marvelous mean to gain treasures in Paradise. Abu Musa (may Allah the Almighty be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said to him:
“‘Should I not direct you to a treasure from amongst the treasures of Paradise?’ I (‘Abdu-Allah ibn Qais) said: ‘Allah’s Messenger, do it, of course.’ Thereupon he (the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him)) said: ‘Then recite: “La haul a wala quwwata illa bil-lah” (i.e. There is no might and no power but that of Allah)’” (Narrated by Imam Muslim in his Sahih)
Indeed, we can gain a treasure in Paradise every time we say “La haul a wala quwwata illa bil-lah.”
Importantly, we can also gain a treasure in Paradise via spreading the benefit of this glorious hadith to other Muslims. We can remind Muslims with the value of this magnificent reward by social media like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and the like. We can teach our family members to sustain them for getting treasures in Paradise. In one minute we can say “La haul a wala quwwata illa bil-lah” around 40 times to get 40 treasures in Paradise, in 10 minutes we can say “La haul a wala quwwata illa bil-lah” around 400 times to get 400 treasures in Paradise. In one hour we can say “La haul a wala quwwata illa bil-lah” around 2400 times to get 2400 treasures in Paradise. Thus, we have to ask ourselves everyday: “How many treasures do we want in Paradise?”
Here ends the words of Hussin after witnessing some major editorial modifications.
However, I have to add what follows:
The above short article shows us how important remembering Allah the Almighty is and how rewardable in the Sight of Allah to remember Him it is. One who considers himself a true believer in Allah and His Guidance should always remember Him and in so doing, one is not benefiting Allah in anyway, God forbids, rather, he is benefiting himself and is only doing good for himself as he is crediting these acts of remembering Allah to his own account with Allah that which will help him and benefit him in both, this present life and the Hereafter by Allah’s Will and Consent.
In a similar vein, as far as Islam is concerned, good deeds are not confined to remembering Allah or saying a specific du’a’ or so, it is a very wide range area where every and all useful and beneficial things to all humanity, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, is regarded in Islam as a good deed that deserves to be rewarded by Allah the Almighty, the Lord of the whole universe and all people, believers and non-believers.
Allah the Almighty says in His Ever-Glorious Qur’an what means,
“By the declining day; Lo! man is in a state of loss; Save those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance.” (Al-‘Asr 103: 1-3)
Allah the Almighty also says in the Ever-Glorious Qur’an what means,
“Whosoever doeth right, whether male or female, and is a believer, him verily We shall quicken with good life, and We shall pay them a recompense in proportion to the best of what they used to do.” (Al-Nahl 16: 97), and
“Lo! those who believe (in that which is revealed unto thee, Muhammad), and those who are Jews, and Christians, and Sabaeans whoever believeth in Allah and the Last Day and doeth right surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.” (Al-Baqarah 2: 62)
Dr. Ali Al-Halawani is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Translation, Kulliyyah of Languages and Management (KLM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was Assistant Professor and worked for a number of international universities in Malaysia and Egypt such as Al-Madinah International University, Shah Alam, Malaysia (Mediu) and Misr University for Science & Technology (MUST), Egypt; Former Editor-in-Chief of the Electronic Da`wah Committee (EDC), Kuwait; Former Deputy Chief Editor and Managing Editor of the Living Shari`ah Department, www.islamOnline.net; Member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS); and member of the World Association of Arab Translators & Linguists (Wata). He is a published writer, translator and researcher. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.