Path to Piety

Deeds that increase one’s rank

(Part 1)

Maulana Muhammad Nawaz Attari Madani

It is from the grace and mercy of Allah Almighty that there are acts which require minimal effort but carry immense reward and increase one’s rank. There is much significance to one’s rank being raised. The beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم stated: ‘Ask for an increase in rank from Allah Almighty, for you ask from the Most-Generous.’[1]

It is mentioned in one narration: ‘[On the Day of Judgement], two worshippers who would worship equally will be made to enter Paradise, and one will be granted a higher rank than the other. Upon this, the other worshipper will ask: ‘O my Lord! He did not perform more worship than me in the world, so what is the reason for You granting him a lofty rank in the uppermost Heaven (عِلِّیِّیْن)?’ Allah Almighty will say: ‘In the world, he would ask Me for a high rank, and you would pray for protection from Hell. Therefore, I gave to each of you according to your supplication.’[2]

Read the following six statements of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم regarding good deeds that increase one’s rank:

1. One will receive a high rank

‘There are some people who remember Allah Almighty on soft beds; Allah Almighty will grant them a high rank.’[3]

2. The highest rank

‘Shall I not inform you of a deed of yours which is the best in the sight of your Lord, the purest, of the highest rank, better than you giving gold and silver in charity, and even better than you facing your enemy and you killing them and them martyring you?’ The companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! Which deed is that?’ He صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم replied: ‘That deed is to remember Allah Almighty.’[4]

3. An increase in rank by 10

Jibraeel عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلاَم came to me and said: ‘Whosoever from your Ummah sends peace and blessings (Salat) upon you once, Allah Almighty will send 10 mercies upon him and increase his rank by 10.’[5]

4. Filling the gaps in a row

‘The one who fills the gaps in the row, Allah Almighty increases his rank by one, and the angels shower him with goodness.’[6]

5. Aiding the oppressed

‘Whosoever aids an oppressed person, Allah Almighty will record forgiveness for him 73 times; one from amongst them will rectify all of his affairs, and 72 will increase his rank on the Day of Judgement.’[7]

6. Supplication of righteous children

A person’s rank will be increased in Paradise, and so he will ask: ‘How have I received this increase in rank?’ It will be said to him: ‘On account of your children praying for your forgiveness.’[8]

May Allah Almighty grant us the ability to increase our rank by performing the aforementioned deeds.

اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم

[1] Tabqat al-Shafi’iyyah al-Kubra, vol. 6, p. 364

[2] Qoot al-Quloob, vol. 1, p. 374

[3] Sahih Ibn Habbaan, vol. 1, p. 309, Hadith 401

[4] Al-Tirmizi, vol. 5, p. 246, Hadith 3,388

[5] Mu’jam al-Awsat, vol. 5, p. 68, Hadith 6,602

[6] Mu’jam al-Awsat, vol. 3, p. 29, Hadith 3,771

[7] Shu’ab al-Iman, vol. 6, p. 120, Hadith 7,670

[8] Ibn Majah, vol. 4, p. 185, Hadith 3,660




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