Hadith on Deen: Rewards for Improving Islamic Practice

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 42
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “If any one of you improve (follows strictly) his Islamic religion then his good deeds will be rewarded ten times to seven hundred times for each good deed and a bad deed will be recorded as it is.”

  • This hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari emphasizes the importance of improving and strictly following one’s Islamic religion, which refers to the way of life prescribed by Islam. The Prophet (ﷺ) taught that if someone does this, their good deeds will be greatly rewarded, with each good deed being multiplied by ten to seven hundred times. However, any bad deed will be recorded as it is, without any reduction in punishment. It’s worth noting that good deeds can reduce the weight of bad deeds in one’s overall record, but there are certain sins that are so grave that they cannot be simply offset by good deeds. In such cases, the person must seek sincere repentance and make efforts to correct their behavior in the future. Moreover, the Qur’an provides specific commandments and prohibitions that Muslims must follow. If someone knowingly disobeys these commandments, their actions will not be excused simply because they have performed other good deeds. Rather, they will be held accountable for their transgressions and may face punishment for their sins.

In summary, this hadith highlights the importance of following Islam as a complete way of life and striving to improve one’s practice of the religion. While good deeds can reduce the impact of bad deeds, there are certain sins that cannot be simply offset, and one must seek repentance and strive to avoid them in the future.