We are striving after good deeds, but how can we earn good deeds (Hasanah) in a very simple way? There are so many opportunities if we are only willing to catch them. Let me list you some of them, which at least everyone of us can do:

  1. Smile! Every Smile is a good deed. 

    The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: Your smile for your brother is charity.” (1)

  2. Teach a Surah / Aya of the Qur’an to a child
    Whenever this Kid recites the Ayah you are going to participate in the Hasanat given to him. If you can teach Surah Al-Fatiha to him, just imagine how many Hasanat you gain when he prays 5 Times a day…
  3. Distribute water on hot days, wherever you are
    Not only Hasanat is given to you, but as well the Dua from the person in particular
  4. Plant a tree
    Whenever someone or an animal eats from it or enjoys sitting in the Shade of it (some day maybe when the tree is big enough), you gain the reward
  5. Donate to the Mosque or in building a mosque
    You gain Hasanah for every Aya, Surah is read or Rakah is prayed there
  6. Say a kind word 
  7. Share a copy of the Quran with someone
  8.  Be kind to animals, quench their thirst
  9. Give gifts 
  10. Send blessings upon Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
  11. Hug and Kiss your children 
  12. Make Dua for someone
  13. Say: La Ilaha IlAllah, SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar
    (see end of article for reference)
  14. Write an islamic article for a blog which is of benefit
    Whenever someone acts upon it, you receive Hasanah
  15. Hasten towards good deeds 
  16. Share this article
    each time someone realizes any of the above mentioned points, you gain the reward for it

This list is not exhaustive, i.e. there are so many things which you can do to earn hasana, and I’ll add other points in future in sha Allah

Now, why is it important to earn hasanah? Let’s have a look, what the holy Qur’an says:

Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an, Surah Al-Baqara Vers. 148:

Every one pursues his goal. Compete with each other in performing good deeds. Wherever you are, God will bring you all together. God has power over all things

So the competition in performing good deeds is described in the holy Qur’an as well as in the following hadith:

On the authority of Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him): Some of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), “O Messenger of Allah, the affluent have made off with the rewards. They pray like we pray, fast like we fast and they also give in charity from their extra wealth.” He said, “Has not Allah made things for you to do in charity? Verily, ever tasbeehah is a charitable act, every takbeerah is a charitable act, every tahmeedah is a charitable act, every tahleelah is a charitable act, ordering good is a charitable act, forbidding evil is a charitable act, and you having sexual intercourse [with your wife] is a charitable act.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, when one of us fulfills his desire, he will be rewarded for that?” He said, “Tell me, if he were to do it unlawfully, would he bear that sin? Similarly, if he fulfills it lawfully, he will have a reward.” (Recorded in Muslim)

For further explanation on the point 13.

“Verily, ever tasbeehah is a charitable act, every takbeerah is a charitable act, every tahmeedah is a charitable act, every tahleelah is a charitable act”

The Prophet (s) mentioned the following four phrases as counting as charitable acts:

Tasbeehah – saying SubhaanAllah ‘Glory be to Allah’

Takbeerah – saying Allahu Akbar ‘Allah is the Greatest’

Tahmeedah – saying al-Hamdulillah ‘All praises be to Allah’

Tahleelah – saying La ilaaha illa-llah ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah’ 

These are four phrases that a Muslim should say throughout their lives. According to many commentators on the Qur’an, these are the four phrases that are referred to as ‘lasting good righteous deeds’ in the verse:

“Wealth and children are the adornment of the life of this world. But the righteous good deeds that last are better with your Lord for rewards and better in respect of hope.”(Surah al-Kahf:46)


(1) – (Graded authentic by Ibn Hajar and al-Albani: Hidaayat-ur-Ruwaah, 2/293)