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I’m going to share with you two ayahs that I really love from Surah Hud. They’re ayahs 114 and 115. In ayah 114, Allah (SWT) says:
This concept of good deeds wiping away bad deeds is one that’s seen not just in the Qur’an, but in the sunnah also. One time, Abu Dharr came to the Prophet (SAW) and asked him for advice. The Prophet (SAW) said, “When you do a bad deed, follow it with a good deed that wipes it away.” Abu Dharr said, “Is saying “Laa Ilaaha Illa Allah” a good deed?” And the Prophet (SAW) said, “It is the best deed.”
Another good deed that really wipes away bad deeds is giving charity. The Prophet (SAW) said that giving charity wipes away bad deeds just like water extinguishes fire.
Verse 115 has another beautiful reminder for us today. Allah (SWT) says:
وَاصْبِرْ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُضِيعُ أَجْرَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ
Be patient, for surely Allah does not let the reward of the righteous be wasted.
This is such a beautiful, comforting reminder from Allah (SWT), especially for anyone who does work that sometimes feels thankless, or people who don’t always feel seen or recognized. Allah promises that nothing you do is lost to Him. So just keep doing good deeds, trusting that there are no unsung heroes with Allah (SWT). That He is Ash-Shakoor, the Most Appreciative of everything you do, big or small, public or hidden.