Below are selections of few Ahadith & their benefits explained by Sheikh Haitham al Haddad (Ḥafidhahullah):
Ali (RaḍiAllāhu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) said, “There is none among you but he has his place written for him either in the Hell Fire or in Paradise.” They said, “O Allāh’s Messenger (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam)! Shall we not depend upon what has been written for us and give up deeds? He said, “Carry on doing (good) deeds, for everybody will find easy to do such deeds as it will lead him to his destined place for which he has been created. So he who is destined to be among the happy (in the Hereafter), will find it easy to do the deeds characteristic of such people, while he who is destined to be among the miserable ones, will find it easy to do the deeds characteristic of such people.” Then he recited: ‘As for him who gives (in charity) and is conscious of Allāh, and believes in the best…’(Al-Qur’ān 92:5-10)
Benefit: One should be careful that narrations such as this do not lead to jabr (the belief that we are coerced into doing good deeds or sins and that we have no control over our deeds). The decree of Allāh (Subḥanahu wa ta’āla) is based upon His eternal knowledge that He knew what path or way of life we would lead and so He facilitated that for us. Also, notice how in the verse, Allāh (Subḥanahu wa ta’āla) mentions that whoever gives and is conscious of Allāh (Subḥanahu wa ta’āla), Allāh will smoothen the path to ease for him. i.e. that is to say that it is the human who initiates the process of guidance by choosing to believe and be conscious of Allāh. The Sheikh also noted that it would have been good to complete the verses from the Qur’ān about the topic in the narration to make the meaning clear.
Abū Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: “Indeed, this religion is ease, and no one will ever overburden himself in religion, except that it will overcome him. So seek what is appropriate, and come as close as you can, and receive the glad tidings (that you will be rewarded), and take it easy; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, afternoons, and during the last hours of the nights.”
Benefit: Whilst the ḥadīth mentions that the religion is of ease, there are actions in the religion that may seem difficult and burdensome, so how can this be reconciled? One way is by realising that by not acting upon those ‘difficult’ acts one will actually fall into more difficulties. For example, the one who does not pray his morning prayers suffers for the rest of the day as a result for not praying it and loses blessings from all of his daily activities.
Therefore, one should never assume that by not adhering to the religion, one will lead a more comfortable and easy life.
Abū Mūsa al Ash’ari said that the Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) said, “When a slave of Allāh suffers from illness or sets on a journey, he is credited with the equal of whatever good works he used to do when he was healthy or at home”.(Al-Bukhari)
Benefit: In this ḥadīth, there is an encouragement for people to perform as many good deeds possible whilst they have the health and the ability to do so.
A’isha, the Mother of the Believers (RaḍiAllāhu ‘anhā), reported that: “the Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) came to me one day and said: Is there anything with you (to eat)? I said: No. Thereupon he said: I shall then be fasting…(Muslim)
Benefit: We can learn from the ḥadīth how the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) thought of doing good deeds very easily by the tawfīq of Allāh (Subḥanahu wa ta’āla). For many people, they are quick to think of excuses not to do good deeds whereas the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) would take any opportunity to do good deeds. This requires that a person have a lively mind that actively works for the hereafter.