Hadith on Kufr: The Relationship between Good Deeds and Unbelief

📖Sahih Muslim 214
‘A’isha reported: I said: Messenger of Allah, the son of Jud’an established ties of relationship, fed the poor. Would that be of any avail to him? He said: It would be of no avail to him as he did not ever say: O my Lord, pardon my sins on the Day of Resurrection.

  • This hadith is a narration from Aisha, one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), about a man named Jud’an who was known for establishing family ties and feeding the poor. Aisha asked the Prophet whether these actions would be beneficial for Jud’an in the afterlife, and the Prophet replied that they would be of no benefit to him unless he also sought forgiveness for his sins on the Day of Resurrection. The meaning of this hadith is that good deeds, such as maintaining family ties and helping those in need, are indeed commendable and praiseworthy in Islam. However, they alone cannot guarantee salvation in the afterlife if a person does not also seek forgiveness for their sins and turn to Allah in repentance. It is essential to combine good deeds with sincere repentance and seeking Allah’s mercy and forgiveness to attain success in the Hereafter.