Follow up a Bad Deed with a Good one

Follow up a Bad Deed with a good one

Excellent discussion of how good deeds wipes away sins by Abu Talhah Dawud Burbank, in his reading the explanation of Riyaadhus-Saaliheen

A benefit from Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [d.728H] – rahimahullaah – who said: In my opinion, there is no Wasiyyah (legacy) more beneficial than that of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ for whoever understands it and follows it.

The Wasiyyah of Allah, the Exalted, is in the following Aayah:

وَلَقَدْ وَصَّيْنَا الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ وَإِيَّاكُمْ أَنِ اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ

“Verily, We have directed the People of the Book before you, and to you (O Muslims) to have Taqwa of Allah.” [Surah an-Nisaa 4:131]

The Messenger’s Wasiyyah is in the hadeeth:  The Prophet enjoined on Mu`aadh when he sent him to Yemen as a judge, the following: “O Mu`aadh, have taqwa of Allah wherever you are, and follow up a bad deed with a good one and it will wipe it out, and behave well towards the people.” [Tirmidhi, and Shaikh al-Albaani declared it Hasan in Sahih Sunan At-Tirmidhee, no 1618].

{Extract from Al-Wasiyyat us-Sughraa (The Concise Legacy) of Ibn Taymiyyah }