“Dear Ahmed, what are you thinking?”
Ahmed replied, “Ammi, today the Imam sb told us about the Akhirah (afterlife) and how we will be rewarded or punished based on our deeds…Ammi, since I am small, how my deeds will be judged?”
His mother replied, “Very good that you listened attentively. Coming to your question, dear son, Allah says in the Holy Quran in Surah Zilzal:
On that Day people will proceed in separate groups to be shown the consequences of their deeds; So, whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it; And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it. (99:6-8). So, my dear son, an atom’s weight of good deeds is also very important. Our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Do not disdain a good deed, (no matter how small it may seem) even if it is your meeting with your brother with a cheerful face” (Sahih Muslim).”
Aamina continued: “Likewise, telling a good thing is a virtue, removing a stone or harmful thing from road is also a charity and helping someone with the luggage is also a virtue, as we see in a hadith where Abu Hurairah (ra) reported that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said,
“Every joint of a person must perform a charity each day that the sun rises: to judge justly between two people is a charity. To help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity. And the good word is a charity. And every step that you take towards the prayer is a charity, and removing a harmful object from the road is a charity.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
Ahmed now understood the importance of good deeds. He told his mother that he will try his best to do more good deeds and will avoid bad deeds even if minor. Ahmed thought to himself, what a good lesson I have learned today! So, let me add a good deed, by sharing this message with my friends and family. With that, he set off next door to tell his cousins what he had just learnt.