UAE Friday sermon: Best deeds are done continuously

Today's prayer asks for good deeds to be done continuously.

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The best deeds are those done on a continuous basis — Muslims will be told today.

“The fortunate amongst us are those who seek their Lord and turn to Him,” says today’s sermon.

“So the best way to communicate with Allah requires of us performing such dearest acts to Him like continuous devotion and obedience to Him and doing all good deeds.”

A verse from the Quran says: “indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah” and then remained on a right course — the angels will descend upon them, a [saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised. We were your allies in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request.”

Likewise, Prophet Mohammed always stressed the importance of consistency; he was quoted saying in a hadith: “the acts most pleasing to Allah are those which are done continuously, even if they are small.”

Moreover, continuing with a good deed is a sign that it has been accepted since the beginning: “and Allah increases those who were guided, in guidance,” says the Quran.

Prophet Mohammed was keen on the concept of consistency and frequently asked Allah in dua’a: “O Changer of the hearts, make my heart firm upon Your religion.”

He once said to his companions: “none of you will be saved by his actions?” “Not even you, Messenger of Allah?” they asked. “Not even me,” he replied, “unless Allah covers me with mercy from Him. But act correctly and wisely and worship in the morning and evening and during part of the night. Keep to a middle path and you will arrive.”

“Keep on good work by, for example, fasting some days as recommended by our Prophet pbuh. On this matter, he used to tell his Companions to fast three days each month” concludes the sermon, “you are also required to keep your tongue moist with Dhikr and recitation of Quran so that you live happily in this life and win the next.”

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