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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 21 August 2018

UAE Friday sermon: the best of deeds are rewarded in Paradise

The sermon will tell Muslims to be diligent in their worship during the first 10 days of Dhu Al Hijjah

Muslims believe that, on the Day of Judgement, everyone will be brought before God to answer for both their good deeds and their sins.

Those who did good in their life will be compensated for their deeds, the Quran says. On Friday, worshippers will be told that all good acts endure and will be rewarded in the afterlife.

“Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one's] hope.” (Al-Kahf: 46).

Ibn Abbas, Prophet Mohammed’s cousin, interpreted the mention of “the enduring good deeds” in the Quran to include: dhikr (remembrance of God), prayer, fasting, Hajj, charity and maintaining good relationships with people. “They are everlasting for their doers in Paradise,” he said.

The sermon will say that good deeds bring their doers great rewards and the rewards for the best of those deeds are preserved until the Day of Judgement.

The Prophet listed enduring good deeds as saying Takbir (Allah is the greatest), Tahlil (there is no deity save Allah), Tasbih (Exalted is Allah), Tahmid (All praise is due to Allah), and “there no might nor power except with Allah'.”

He said whoever says “all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds” sincerely will have 30 good deeds written in their records or have 30 misdeeds forgiven.

Whoever recites these statements frequently will be protected from Hell and, by God’s grace, be admitted to Heaven, the sermon will say.

Those who perform enduring good deeds will also have an ever-lasting tree planted for them by God in the Garden of Eden. These trees are described as ever-green and ever-blossoming to provide their owners endless fruits where they may also shade themselves in Paradise.

As we approach the first ten days of Dhu Al Hijjah, a holy period because it proceeds Hajj, Muslims are encouraged to remember God often and show religious diligence by carrying out acts of worship.

The Prophet said, "No other days are greater (in status) in the sight of Allah, nor righteous work is dearer to Him in any other days than in these (first) ten days (of Dhu Al Hijjah). So, say plenty of Tahlil, Takbir and Tahmid during them."

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