Whether it was helping a poor person, feeding the needy or making a sad person smile, we know the good you did. Why? Because it is so easy to spread awareness of good deeds through selfie in Instagram. Hundreds of your followers know that you are a generous, good hearted and selfless human being. It is an amazing feeling when someone comments: “OMG that is so sweet of you,” or even “We need more people like you,” they make us self-admired and arrogant. We get instant gratification, so we keep posting more, and the dose of self-pride is doubled. This brings me to the point: should we please people or Allah? Do we do good deeds for Allah or the people? Before any private act of worship or a good deed, it is important to know why we are doing it.
We are social creatures, we love compliments and hide the “bad stuff” of us, such as sins, then it makes sense to hide our “good stuff” as well to balance the equation. It is guaranteed that all good deeds we do for the sake of people, they will all be nullified by Allah, and our basket will be 0 on the Last Day. By keeping our good deeds secret, we practise sincere intentions, and even when someone tells us that we are worth nothing special, we instantly remember the good deeds we did and it makes us feel happy. Hiding good deeds allows less chances of evil eye and jealousy from others, therefore we are not pressured all the time.
May Allah make us amongst those who keep the good deeds secret. Ameen.
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