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Double Rewards for the Righteous

Four Ayaat that promise reward in this life and next: Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahullaah

In the midst of his long discussion on the benefits of dhikr in his famous work al-Wabil al-Sayyib, Imam ibn al-Qayyim mentioned the following point of benefit:

• Allah said:

مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً

And whoever does righteous deeds – whether male or female – while he is a believer, then We will give him a good life …

That is regarding the life of this world, and then He said:

وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

… and We will surely give them their reward according to the best of what they used to do. [16:97]

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which is referring to the barzakh and the hereafter.

• And He said:

وَالَّذِينَ هَاجَرُوا فِي اللَّـهِ مِن بَعْدِ مَا ظُلِمُوا لَنُبَوِّئَنَّهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً ۖ وَلَأَجْرُ الْآخِرَةِ أَكْبَرُ ۚ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ

And those who made hijrah for Allah’s sake after having been wronged – We will surely settle them in a good place in this life. And the reward of the hereafter is greater. If only they knew. [16:41]

• And He said:

وَأَنِ اسْتَغْفِرُوا رَبَّكُمْ ثُمَّ تُوبُوا إِلَيْهِ يُمَتِّعْكُم مَّتَاعًا حَسَنًا إِلَىٰ أَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى وَيُؤْتِ كُلَّ ذِي فَضْلٍ فَضْلَهُ

And saying, “Seek the forgiveness of your Lord and then turn to Him in repentance; He will grant you a good provision until a determined time and will give His bounty to every person of good bounty. [11:3]

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and that is referring to what will happen in the hereafter.

• And He said:

قُلْ يَا عِبَادِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمْ ۚ لِلَّذِينَ أَحْسَنُوا فِي هَـٰذِهِ الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةٌ ۗ وَأَرْضُ اللَّـهِ وَاسِعَةٌ ۗ إِنَّمَا يُوَفَّى الصَّابِرُونَ أَجْرَهُم بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ

Say, “O My servants who have believed, fear your Lord. For those who do good in this world is good, and the earth of Allah is spacious. Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without measure.” [39:10]

So these are four places in which Allah mentioned that He will reward the good doer with two rewards for the good that he did: a reward in this life and a reward in the hereafter. For goodness certainly has a reward that comes in this life, and wrongdoing certainly has a recompense that comes in this life.

[al-Wabil al-Sayyib 1/67]

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