The Prophet's Description of the Deeds of
Mercy and Their Effects
It is narrated from Abu Umama that he said the Prophet
said: "Good deeds protect one from a bad
death. Charity given in secret extinguishes the Lord's
wrath. And upholding family ties increases one's
Another version adds: "Every good deed is a charity.
The people who do good deeds are a charity. The people
who do good in the world are the people of good in the
hereafter. The people that do evil in the world are
the people of evil in the hereafter. The first to
enter Paradise will be the people who did good."