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Leaving something for the sake of Allah

Q: The Ahadith says that when you leave something for the sake of Allah then Allah will reward you with something better.

Question 1: Does this mean that if one leaves something e.g. sacrifices his home comfort etc to go to Masjid or path of Allah etc then as a reward one will get better then what one has left behind?

Question 2: does it refer to if one leaves something haraam e.g. a sinful deed or haraam food then in reward one will get better than what one has sacrificed?

Question 3: what is the correct explanation of this Hadith? 


A: The meaning of the Hadith is that one will be recompensed with something better from the side of Allah Ta’ala, if one leaves out something whether permissible or impermissible for the sake of Allah Ta’ala. e.g. one is tempted towards committing a sin but refrains out of the fear of Allah Ta’ala or one waves his right in order to bring about mutual harmony and peace among two parties or one leaves out a business transaction for the sake of Allah Ta’ala due to their being a percentage of doubt in it.

It is reported from Hazrat Anas (Radiyallahu Anhu) that Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “The one who refrains from lying (for the sake of Allah) while he is on baatil (i.e. he is on the wrong), Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) will bless him with a palace in the side of Jannah. The one who leaves out disputing and arguing for the sake of Allah while he is on Haqq, Allah Ta’ala will bless him with a palace in the middle of Jannah. The one who improves his character with people for the sake of Allah, Allah Ta’ala will bless him with a palace in the upper portion of Jannah.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

عن أنس رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ” من ترك الكذب وهو باطل بني له في ربض الجنة ومن ترك المراء وهو محق بني له في وسط الجنة ومن حسن خلقه بني له في أعلاها ” . رواه الترمذي وقال : هذا حديث حسن (مشكاة #4831)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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