The Prophet's Description of the Deeds of Mercy and Their Effects
It is narrated from Abu Umama -- Allah be well-pleased with him -- 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 life."
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."
Allah's blessings and peace on the Prophet., his Family, and his Companions
Dr. G.F. Haddad
© As-Sunnah Foundation of America, 2003