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Good Deed Series – 4. Good Deeds take away Bad Deeds

Good Deed Series – 4. Good Deeds take away Bad Deeds

Another awesome benefit of good deeds is that they take away the bad ones, as Allah says in the Quran:

“Surely good deeds take away evil deeds” (Hud: 114)

I tend to use this ayah when one of the siblings has done something to the other – to make it ‘better’ i ask him/her to do something good for other – preferably something the other wants/likes (i.e. not just a hug and a sorry each time).

  • To make this concept visual for the kids, why not take an eraser and make it into a Good Deed Eraser. Write down in pencil what the mistake/bad thing was, and when they have done something good, rub it away with the eraser!

This may also be a good way to show the children how MERCIFUL Allah is, as the 6th Imam has said that somebody who does something wrong has some time to repent. The angel who records good deeds asks the angel who records evil deeds to wait in case the person does a good deed which wipes out the bad one!

  • This next idea from Towards Jannah is great to visually show good deeds pushing away bad ones:

Add oil-based food coloring into small containers containing oil which are labeled with some bad deeds and then pour them all into a bigger container. Then list good deeds (water) and pour into the same bigger container. Eventually, the good deeds make the oil rise to the top and you need to have another container underneath to catch the spill and you keep pouring water until all the bad deeds are washed away.

Good Deed Series – 3. Doing good gives us LOADS of happy points – making this visual!

Good Deed Series – 3. Doing good gives us LOADS of happy points – making this visual!

Another benefit of doing good is that we get lots and lots of sawab (or what I call Happy Points when explaining it to little ones).Allah is so merciful that when we do good, he gives us lots of sawab, but when we do bad, he will only gives us one gunnah (Sad Point), as he states in the following ayah:”Whoever brings a good deed, he shall have ten like it, and whoever brings an evil deed, he shall be recompensed only with the like of it…” (6:160)

and here: ‘Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He will multiply it for him and he will have a noble reward?’ (57:11)

When trying to get the children to understand this concept, why not make it hands on? Take two jars (I made the Happy Point jar bigger to symbolise that we get more), label them, get some counters (different colours for good/bad) and voila! Either role play or when they actually do something good, get them to count out 10 counters into the Happy Point jar, and v.v. when they role play something bad, they only put one counter in the Sad Point jar.

Then the next time they do a good deed, you can remind them of this and how many happy points Allah is showering on them at that moment

P.S. This was initially used in Madressa to explain the concept of Sawab and Gunnah and the kids loved coming up and showing what would happen in terms of sawab and gunnah in certain situations!

Good Deed Series – 2. Good deeds make us (and others!) FEEL good

If your children are anything like mine, then they will take the video (from last post) and the concept of kindness coming round to us very literally! I remember some time ago, my son did something good and then expected something good to happen to him soon after and in a similar way too!

As well as explaining that it may not come straight after or in the way we expect, this may also be a good time to introduce the concept of doing good makes you FEEL good too, and this in itself may be the goodness that is promised to us. Here is a lovely video to make us understand that…

P.S. After watching the video, my daughter decided to write a few letters of her own! Here are two of them…to Africa and Japan.

And how about this video?!

Here is a lovely video to show how good deeds spread happiness and makes everyone (us and others!) feel good:

Good Deed Series – 1. Good deeds come around to benefit US!

I thought it might be nice to share different ways we can motivate ourselves to do good, and to encourage doing good not only within our families but to the wider community as well!

So to start us off: Good Deeds will always come back to benefit US!

“…If you do good, you will do good to your own souls…” (17:7)

and “Is the reward of goodness anything but goodness?” (55:60)

  1. Here’s an amazing video to help share this concept with our children:

The video shows this in such a simple but sweet way – when discussing this with our children, we can look at the following verses from the Quran, which are so amazingly apt:

2. Here is another video:

3. Here is a beautiful real-life example for our children about how good things come around! I’m sure you heard about the little boy who gave his pocket money up to help the mosque in TX that was vandalised.

This is what the American Muslim community did for him in return!

Rajab Idea 5: A Good Deed Jar

Rajab Idea 5: A Good Deed Jar

I came across this idea some time ago on a blog, and filed it away as a cool thing to do. Then with Rajab approaching, I thought it might be a great way to encourage my kiddos (and ourselves!) to make the most of this month in terms of doing as much good as we can, as the 7th Imam has said: “Rajab is a glorious month. Allah doubles good deeds…”

When I went online to look it up, I actually found that lots of people have used these – with a great deal of success! Initially I wanted to make a separate jar for each of us, as the Quran says: “so compete with each other in good action” (2:148). However, my son reminded me that actually Islam encourages us to do good in secret and to not show off to each other, and so if we were all to use one big jar, no one would know who had contributed what. So in the end, that’s what we did.

We took a jar, and decorated it. When any of us have done something good, we simply write it on a piece of paper and pop it in. (Younger kids could simply take a pom pom or something similar and put one in). When it is full, we have promised the children that we will have a treat, whether it is going bowling, picnic, out for ice-cream, etc – we are focusing on the reward being spending time together as opposed to a purely material treat.

When looking online, I found lists of ideas that people can do, and decided to share some here. Maybe print it out and stick it up where everyone can see it and be inspired?:

1. Give someone a hug today.
2. Write a thank you note to someone.
3. Hold the door for someone.
4. As an elderly neighbour if they need any help.
5. Pick up a piece of litter.
6. Let someone else go first.
7. Share something that is yours.
8. Help clean up.
9. Clean your room without being asked to.
10. Say something nice to someone.
11. Call your grandparents just to say hello.
12. Give some money to charity.
13. Make mum/dad a cup of tea.
14. Hang your coat up.
15. Vacuum a room.
16. Unpack your lunchbox after school.
17. Help get your lunchbox ready.
18. Get dressed for school without being told to.
19. Take out the rubbish.
20. Play nicely with a younger child.
21. Say a dua for someone.
22. Read a story to someone.
23. Write a letter to a cousin and mail it to them.
24. Help with laundry.
25. Put someone else’s toys away for them.
26. Give someone a compliment.
27. Smile at three people today.
28. Say hello to someone first.
29. Make your neighbours something sweet.
30. Help your friend/sibling if they’re stuck with something.

Happy good-deeding everyone, and Jummah Mubarak!

P.S. This is the final idea for this series – unless you have more that is, then please send them in!