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The beautiful practice of the noble Sunnah should be “strong blend” of both: the outward (extrinsic) and the internal (intrinsic). Unfortunately, many people have understood the imbibing of the dignified Sunnah of our beloved Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) as merely following the Mubarak (blessed) extrinsic actions only --- e.g. keeping the beard, wearing the trouser above the ankle, eating on the floor, etc. Surely these are great and blessed Sunnah practices --- there is, however, another important side to the equation.

The word al-Mizaan (the scale) appears quite often in the Noble Quran and the Ahadith. This is indeed a clear indication of its importance in the life of a Believer. More critically, the word points towards the reality of our deeds being weighed in the Hereafter.

‘Glorified be He Who carried His servant by night from the Inviolable Place of Worship to the Far Distant Place of Worship the neighbourhood whereof We have Blessed , that We might show him of Our tokens ! Lo! He, only He, is the Hearer, the Seer.’ (Bani Israel)

Allah Ta’ala made us as one “Ummah” and the “Ummah” represents an unbroken “continuum” until the Day of Qiyamat. Towards the end of his Mubarak (blessed) life, Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “I have left with you two directives, you will never go astray, as long as you hold onto them (adhere to them strictly) --- the Book of Allah and the Sunnah”.

Good deeds are indeed beloved to Allah Ta’ala, and are securely deposited in the “bank” of the hereafter. Simultaneously, there are also clear warnings for doing good deeds for name, fame and gain --- “riyaa” (show). As a matter of fact, “riyaa” (showing-off) is a very serious, hated and condemned act. Additionally, it is openly looked-down-upon and despised in man, particularly in a Muslim.

Charity (Sadaqa) is a great gift from Allah Ta’ala. The act of giving and donating, generates spiritual elevation and revitalises the Iman. Allah Ta’ala loves the act of charity. In the Mubarak (blessed) words of our beloved Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) reported by Asma bint-e-Abu Bakr (RA) that:

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