Some golden advice by Sheikh Abdul Muhsin Al-Qasim, Imam of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, during the Twins of Faith 2015 in Malaysia:
1. Rasulallah s.a.w. said if a single person is guided by Allah through you, it will be better for you than a whole lot of red camels. [Bukhari & Muslim] “Better for you than red camels” is an allegory for everything that is better than anything else! So keep on spreading the truth, and do good deeds because others may follow suit.
2. For women who want to maximize their efforts to attain Jannah: Be consistent with your 5 daily prayers, fast in Ramadhan, guard your chastity and obey your husband, for you will then may enter Jannah by whichever of the gates of Paradise you wish. [Ahmad] How easy it is that Allah has made for the women, as long as these acts are done consistently and sincerely for Allah.
3. Miniscule “unworthy” good deeds, even if it’s the size of half an atom, is still countable. Remember the hadith about the prostitute who was forgiven for her sins because she fed water to a dying dog [Muslim] So this gives us hope even though we have sinned so much, even though people have bad thoughts about you, have hope in Allah and keep on continuing doing good deeds.
In a nutshell: Never, ever look down any of our good deeds, not even those mundane domestic work, because anything good we do to please Allah and in line with the Sunnah, they are our means to attain Jannah, insya Allah.
…Then strive together (as in a race) toward all that is good.
May Allah s.w.t. make us racers to good deeds.