Hadith: The Weight of Good Deeds and Bad Deeds

📖Sahih Muslim 2581
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: Do you know who is poor? They (the Companions of the Holy Prophet) said: A poor man amongst us is one who has neither dirham with him nor wealth. He (the Holy Prophet) said: The poor of my Umma would be he who would come on the Day of Resurrection with prayers and fasts and Zakat but (he would find himself bankrupt on that day as he would have exhausted his funds of virtues) since he hurled abuses upon others, brought calumny against others and unlawfully consumed the wealth of others and shed the blood of others and beat others, and his virtues would be credited to the account of one (who suffered at his hand). And if his good deeds fall short to clear the account, then his sins would be entered in (his account) and he would be thrown in the Hell-Fire.

  • The meaning of this hadith is to remind us that performing good deeds is not enough to guarantee Paradise. It is equally important to avoid committing sins and harming others. The hadith highlights the severity of sins such as slander, consuming wealth unlawfully, shedding blood, and physically harming others, and stresses the importance of seeking forgiveness and making amends for any wrongdoings before it is too late. It also emphasizes that our good deeds and sins are being recorded, and we will be held accountable for them on the Day of Judgment.