خَيْرُ الأعْمالِ ما قَضى اللَّوازِمَ۔

The best of actions is that which fulfils the requirements.



The best of actions is that which fulfils the requirements.

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: Actions And Deeds)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states,

The best of actions is that which fulfils the requirements.

This Hadith emphasizes the importance of fulfilling our obligations and responsibilities in Islam. Let us delve deeper into the meaning of this Hadith in light of the Quran.

The word "khayr" in Arabic means "good" or "best," indicating that this Hadith is highlighting the excellence of a particular type of action. The term "a'mal" refers to actions or deeds. And "qada" means to fulfill or complete. Finally, "lawazim" refers to obligations or requirements.

To understand the significance of fulfilling obligations, we can turn to the Quran. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 177:

Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves.

This verse highlights the importance of fulfilling our obligations towards others, such as providing for the needy and helping those in distress. It emphasizes that true righteousness lies in fulfilling these responsibilities, rather than mere outward rituals.

Another verse that supports the Hadith is found in Surah Al-Ma'idah, verse 2:

And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.

This verse encourages Muslims to work together in performing righteous deeds and fulfilling their obligations. It emphasizes the importance of cooperation in acts of goodness and warns against participating in sinful or aggressive actions.

The Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) teaches us that the best actions are those that fulfill our obligations and responsibilities as Muslims. It reminds us that our faith is not limited to mere rituals or personal worship, but it extends to our interactions with others and fulfilling their rights.

By fulfilling our obligations, we demonstrate our commitment to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) and our fellow human beings. It encompasses acts of kindness, charity, justice, and fulfilling the rights of others. For example, fulfilling the obligations of prayer, fasting, and giving zakat are essential acts of worship that demonstrate our obedience to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ).

Moreover, fulfilling our obligations also has far-reaching consequences. It strengthens the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood within the Muslim community, fosters social harmony, and promotes justice and equality. It also brings about personal growth and spiritual development, as it purifies our intentions and strengthens our relationship with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ).

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) reminds us of the importance of fulfilling our obligations and responsibilities as Muslims. It encourages us to prioritize acts of goodness that benefit others and fulfill their rights. By doing so, we not only strengthen our relationship with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ), but also contribute to the betterment of society. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) guide us all to fulfill our obligations and grant us success in this life and the Hereafter.

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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