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Dr. Fares Al-Mustafa: Doing of good deeds is a religious duty, not a matter of choice
 From the dawn of history, man remained weak as an individual, strong when he was united with others. Such a perception of vulnerability and the need for humanitarian assistance motivated the individual to cooperate with others. When he realized that no one could live isolated from his community, no matter what privileges he has. Therefore, Allah Almighty ordered people to cooperate with each others, provided that their cooperation in righteousness and piety, not for sin and transgression.
   In this regard, Dr. Fares Al-Mustafa, the preacher and lecturer, stressed that there is a misconception among some people about the definition of good deeds. In their view, it is limited to rituals and acts of worship, and it does not include cooperation for good. This is undoubtedly wrong, because the early Muslims learned from the Prophet PBUH that righteousness and doing good are at the heart of religious duties. Moreover, there is a certain connection in verses of Quran between the true faith and good deeds. 
   On the other hand, there are great examples in our modern era that show devotion to charitable work and help people, such as Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sumait, may Allah have mercy on him, who was an Islamic scholar, medical practitioner and Humanitarian from Kuwait. He was famously known for his extensive philanthropic works in African countries benefiting millions of people in several ways. Thanks to him, more than 11 million people converted to Islam, thousands of mosques and schools were built, thousands of wells were drilled in Africa.

   The question that arises here is why should we hasten to do good deeds?

   First of all because doing good is an obligation and religious duty, exactly like prayer, fasting and other obligatory acts of worship, and the wording of the command is clear in the verse: {O you who have believed, bow and prostrate and worship your Lord and do good - that you may succeed} [Al-Hajj:77]. This is mandatory for all, not applicable to specific acts, nor to individual characteristics or circumstances.
   Secondly, because doing good is the path to win Allah's pleasure. The Prophet  PBUH said: "The most beloved ones to Allah are those who are more helpful to people" [Narrated by Tabarani].
   Third, refraining from helping people is an act that is contrary to noble Islamic morals. The verses that condemn those who forbid good for people are many, for example: {A preventer of good, a transgressing and sinful} [Al-Qalam:12], {Those who make show [of their deeds] (6) And withhold [simple] assistance. (7)} [Al-Ma'un:6-7]. 
   Fourthly, The Prophet PBUH was keen to teach people to do good by linking good deeds to charity (Sadaqa). "On doing justice between two men is Sadaqa (charity), and assisting a man to ride an animal or to load his luggage on it is charity; and a good word is charity, every step which one takes towards (the mosque for) Salat is charity, and removing harmful things from the way is charity" [Bukhari and Muslim].
  In fact, human beings by their nature tend to monopolize money and privileges. But the believer when his heart shines with the light of faith, all his primitive instincts will change willingly, all bad behaviors such as greed and selfishness will be spontaneously replaced by virtues of giving, generosity and spending for the sake of Allah in secret and publicly.
  Therefore, helping people, regardless of their races and colors, is the first step toward happiness in the worldly life and at the hereafter, since humanity serving is the paramount aim preached by all religions.

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