In general, Muslims believe their good works surpass those of other religions. Good deeds in Islam are very important! They’re confident they perform far more good deeds than the followers of Isa Al-Masih. Email me if this is your opinion. An important question: “Is the motivation for doing a good deed more important than the number of good deeds?”
An Analogy Helps Muslims Understand Good Deeds of Isa Followers
A man has two sons whom he loves. He sacrifices for them. He avoids buying new clothes for himself so that his sons can have nice school uniforms. He wears sandals so that they can wear shoes.
When they entered High School (Sixth Form) he worked overtime to pay school fees. As a result, he became undernourished. Maybe you had a father that loved you like this!
How Would Loving Sons Treat Such a Father?
After the two sons were successful, they asked their father to live with them. They honored him, took care of him and supplied all his needs.
They were not forced to treat him well or hoped for something from him. They treated him well because they loved him.
Why Do the Followers of Isa Do Good Works?
According to God’s Book, the Father in heaven sent Kalimat-Nya [Isa Al-Masih] here to suffer death on the cross for us. Because of His sacrifice, Isa Al-Masih’s followers avoid hell and are promised eternal life in heaven. As a result, they are like the two sons. They now do good deeds as a way to say “thank you” to Allah for His eternal salvation!
Isa Al-Masih said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So Isa’s followers do good works to show their love to Allah.
Why Do You, a Muslim, Do Good Deeds?
Muslim religious teachers encourage good deeds in Islam. These may include Salah, Fasting, Giving Alms, etc., in order to avoid Jahanam.
“You will see all the people kneeling down. Everyone will be summoned to the Book (containing the record of their deeds). They will be told, “On this day you will be recompensed [rewarded] for what you have done” (Qs. Al-Jathiyah :28, M. Sarwar translation).
Maybe you have focused on doing good works to avoid the punishment of hell. If that is true, what has always been the motivation for your good deeds?
Is a son who serves his father with the goal of getting a reward better than a son who serves his father because of love? Are good deeds motivated by love better than good deeds performed to get a reward? Please email me your opinion.
When you experience the salvation provided by Isa Al-Masih, you will be highly motivated to do many good deeds to show your love for Allah. You will do them because you are so thankful for your salvation from hell and your assurance of heaven when you die!
(Author – Jason Gilead)
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- In general, why do religious people do good deeds? Explain your answer.
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