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Doing The Right Thing Has No Reward - Moyo Lawal Religion Is Not Required For Good Governance Lavish Spending For Good Cause Is Not Lavishness By Sheikh Dr Sharafudeen Gbadebo Raji Reward For Good Deeds Before Islam Between Converts And Reverts
Reward For Good Deeds Before Islam Between Converts And Reverts by Abdullah(m): Wed 15, June, 2022

Questioner: As for a Muslim who became an apostate but later reverts to Islaam, if he is unable to engage in some good deeds before he dies, will he be rewarded for the good deeds (he did) before he became a renegade?

Dr Sharof: No, the act of disbelief had rendered everything in vein. Allaah addressed the Prophet saying: “And it was already revealed to you and to those before you that if you should associate (anything) with Allaah, your work would surely become worthless, and you would surely be among the losers.” [Soorah az-Zumar (39):65] May Allaah not make us be from the losers!

Having understood this, as for the one who left Islaam and later reverted to it, what he has done is commendable. As for the good deeds he did before he disbelieved, like Hajj, Ramadaan and so on, since he was not privileged to do another Hajj, Ramadaan (and other acts of worship) before he died, In shaa Allaah (Allaah willing) he died upon goodness. (Allaah says), “O you who have believed, fear Allaah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims (in submission to Him).” [Soorah Aali ‘Imraan (3):102] The fact that he died as a Muslim is goodness. For this reason, there is no problem about his inability to engage in good deeds. This is because he did not intentionally leave the good deeds; it is Allaah that predestined him not to live long to engage in more (good) deeds.

However, as for the one who is initially a disbeliever but had a lot of good deeds, if Allaah guides him and he accepts Islaam, it is reported in Bukhaaree and some other books of hadeeth that Allaah will reward him for the good deeds he did before accepting Islaam, even when he was into disbelief at the time, especially if he continues with his good deeds after accepting Islaam. For this reason, a disbeliever who is yet to accept Islaam but has a lot of good deeds will be successful if he accepts Islaam and continues with the good deeds. The narration further stated that the one who engaged in a lot of evil acts before he accepted Islaam and Allaah guides him to Islaam, this (i.e. accepting Islaam) will cancel out his evil deeds and he will not be punished for it in as much as he continues with the good deeds after accepting Islaam. The condition here is that Islaam will cancel out his earlier (evil) deeds in as much as he does not continue with the evil deeds. This is because the hadeeth stated that the one who had done a lot of evil deeds before he accepted Islaam and continues with the evil deeds after accepting Islaam will be called to account by Allaah for the evil deeds he did after accepting Islaam, and (also for) the ones he did before accepting Islaam. This means that there is no freedom. That is it.

Still and all, (as for) the one who left Islaam and later reverts to it and dies upon Islaam, he is indeed successful. As for not having the privilege of engaging in enormous good deeds, there is no harm about it because it is not deliberate; it is Allaah that did not grant him the privilege, especially good deeds that have to do with specific times like Hajj, Ramadaan and some other acts of worship that cannot be done except at their prescribed times.

Source: Q&A session of the tape, “Explanation of the names and attributes of Allaah”

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