The hallmark of good deeds


“These people fail to understand this and state: ‘What about us is un-Islamic? We proclaim لا إله إلا الله (‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah’) and also observe the Prayers, fast during the days of Ramadan, and pay the Zakat.’ However, I declare that all of these actions of theirs are not good deeds in the true sense. They are a mere shell that is empty of the kernel. For if their actions were good deeds in the deeper sense, why do they not bring about positive results? Good deeds are characterised by the quality of being pure from all forms of corruption and adulteration. But where can such qualities be found in these people? I can never accept that a person be a righteous believer who performs good works, yet he should be an enemy of the godly; yet these people refer to me as being irreligious and an atheist, and have no fear of God.

“I have sworn by Allah the Exalted and proclaimed that Allah Almighty has raised me by way of divine appointment. If these people possessed even the slightest regard in their hearts for the greatness of Allah Almighty, they would not reject me. In fact, they would be fearful, lest they became those who denigrate the name of God Almighty. However, this could only be if they possessed a true and outstanding faith in Allah the Exalted, and if they feared the Day of Recompense, and if they acted upon the following verse of the Holy Quran:

وَلَا تَقۡفُ مَا لَیۡسَ لَکَ بِہٖ عِلۡمٌ

“‘And follow not that of which thou hast no knowledge.’ [Surah Bani Isra’il, Ch.17: V.3]”

(Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Malfuzat, Vol. II, pp. 59-60)

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