Good and Bad Deeds in Islam
Allah, our creator, has given humans the freedom to either do good or bad deeds. There is no religion that doesn’t teach its followers to exercise good deeds while avoiding bad deeds. Almost all religions including Islam have taught a sharp distinction or difference between good and evil acts. The nature of your action and its result together determine whether or not it is a good deed or a bad deed. Let’s do our best to make you understand what are the good and bad deeds in our religion Islam.
A deed is an activity you do with a purpose. A deed could either be good or bad in nature. Good and bad deeds are two types of deeds. A good deed is an activity you carry out to bring happiness to the almighty Allah. A bad deed fulfils the desires of Satan called Shaitan in the Arabic language.
A good deed is any conduct carried out to bring happiness to either God (known as Allah in Arabic) or Satin. The desire that drives a person’s behaviour determines whether or not those actions will turn out to be good or bad. The activities that do not follow the commands and laws of Allah are seen as evil deeds, whilst the actions that follow the guidelines established by Allah are regarded as good deeds.
In Islam, we have been taught in an obvious manner by our Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that good deeds are activities that make Allah happy and that evil deeds are behaviours that make him angry or unhappy. In other words, good deeds are actions that bring happiness to Allah, and bad deeds are behaviours that bring him anger or unhappiness. For example, providing food to individuals in the community who are struggling to make ends meet is considered a good action, whereas stealing the property of others is seen to be an evil deed.
Similarly, actions such as praying five times a day, giving charity, caring for orphans, and other similar activities are all good deeds. You have to be a good person and conduct good deeds if you want to be rewarded in the afterlife. If you behave yourself while you are alive on this planet, you will be awarded a ticket to join the paradise-like afterlife when you die.
According to the holy Quran and Hadith, If you perform evil deeds, you will end up tormenting yourself in Hell, so you should do everything possible to avoid them. Because of this, Allah will get displeased, and as a direct consequence, you will be sent into Hell, where you will spend eternity being tortured by fire. On the other hand, it is possible that in the hereafter, you may be forgiven for your sins and rewarded with a position in paradise if you repent and apologise for them. This will be the case if you do both of these things. But if you continue doing what you’re doing without stopping to think about what you’re doing, Allah will make you confront the consequences of your actions.
When you perform good deeds, you go closer to being righteous, but when you perform malicious activities, you move closer to being a sinner, and you already know where both groups of people end up. A person who lives a good life will enjoy time in paradise, while a person who chooses to live a life of sin will spend eternity in Hell.
In conclusion, to win a place in heaven, you must behave morally and show compassion for others. These are the two primary requirements. Do not bother carrying them out because they will not benefit you in this world or the next one to which they will take you. It is now entirely up to you to decide whether you would rather spend the rest of your life in paradise or if the blazing fires of Hell would torment you instead. You have the decision to make in this matter.