“Whoever directs someone to a good, will have the reward equal to the doer of the action…”

In the name of Allaah, The Truth, All-Knower. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet and Messenger Muhammad, his family and companions. To proceed;

Benefits from the hadith “Whoever directs someone to a good, will have the reward equal to the doer of the action…” by Sheikh Abdullah ibn ‘Abdur Rahman al-Bassaam, may Allah have mercy upon him, taken from
Towdeeh al-Ahkaam min Bulooghil Maraam.

On the authority of Abu Mas’ood ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amr al-Ansaaree al-Badaree, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: The Messenger of Allaah, sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “Whoever directs someone to a good, then he will have the reward equal to the doer of the action.” Muslim [1893]

Benefits extracted from this hadeeth:

1- The Believer is one who is a (good) example and a leader in doing righteousness and performing goodness, The Most High, says:

And those who say: “Our Lord! Bestow upon us from our wives and our offspring that which is pleasing to the eyes, and make us leaders for the Muttaqoon.” [25:74]

And He says:

And We made them leaders guiding (mankind) by Our command…. [21:73]

It comes in Saheeh Muslim [1017] from the hadeeth of Jarir bin ‘Abdillah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “Whoever introduces a good practice in Islam which the people follow him in, will have the reward like the one who has done it, without their rewards being diminished in the least.”[1]

2- This hadeeth indicates that the person who directs someone to a good whether it is pertaining to the good of the worldly life or the hereafter, he will have a similar reward like the one who performed it without their being any decrease from the reward of the doer of that action (i.e. the one who is actually carrying it out). Rather it is a (complete) reward (for the indicator of the action) because of him being a good role model and exemplar in performing goodness.

3- From the most excellent of righteous actions that are considered to be of benefit (to the people) and the fruits of those actions lasting and remaining: beneficial knowledge; which is (knowledge) of the legislation of Allaah, The Most High, from its fundelmentals and subdivisions and whatever assists one in attaining understanding of it (i.e. the legislation of Allaah).

So whoever disseminates this knowledge then he has earnestly participated in being a good example, and a guide towards the straight path and has removed the people, by the permission of Allaah The Most High, from the darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge, right guidance and integrity of conduct.

And he has attained by this a mighty reward from Allaah, The Most High, provided that his intention is correct, for indeed he, sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, has said: “Verily, if Allaah guides by way of you one man it is better or you than the red camels.” Saheeh Bukhaari [3009] and Muslim [2406]


[1] Note: Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al- ‘Uthaymeen mentions in his explanation of this hadeeth as it comes in Riyaad as-Saaliheen: “The intent by ‘introduces a good practice in Islaam’ refers to the one who begins by acting upon a sunnah that has been forsaken and not the one who actually invents something into the religion of al-Islaam. Because the one who invents something into the religion that is not from it then it is rejected and it is in no way regarded as something good. However the intent by ‘introducing something’ means: He becomes the first to start it back up after it has been left off and abandoned by the people.

So in brief, whoever introduces into Islaam a good practice -be it the revitalization of an abandoned sunnah or just good practices in Islaam-, and there is no such thing as a good practice in Islaam except that which the legislation has come with, then he will have the reward of it and the reward of the one who does it after him.”

Abu Fouzaan Qaasim


About Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA.

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