Ticket No.23 – Four Good Deeds

The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked, “Who is fasting today?” Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) replied, “Me”. The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked, “Who has followed a funeral procession today?” Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) replied, “Me”. The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked, “Who has fed a poor person today?” Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) replied, “Me”. The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked, “Who has visited a sick person today?” Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) replied, “Me”. The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) then said, “Any person that has done these four things in one day will enter Paradise.”

[Sahih Muslim]

Commentary:

This hadith shows the virtue of performing four types of actions in one single day whereby the prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) mentioned that the person who does these four actions in one day will be granted paradise.

These four actions are:

  1. Fasting
  2. Visiting a sick person
  3. Following a funeral procession
  4. Feeding a poor person

The hadith also shows the virtue of Abu Bakr Al-Sideeq (radi Allahu anhu) when the prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked who had performed these actions it was he who had performed them. He is the greatest companion of the prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and was always the first in performing good deeds may Allah be pleased with him.

And Allah Knows Best!

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