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15. Are all good deeds performed rewarded tenfold?

The Qur’an states that:

مَن جَآءَ بِٱلْحَسَنَةِ فَلَهُۥ عَشْرُ أَمْثَالِهَا

“Whoso brings a good deed shall have ten the like of it.”1

What’s important is the bringing of the worthy deed to the Day of Judgment, not performing the deed itself in the world.

Logistically, the delivery of products to its destination has value, but if the products are damaged or destroyed in the middle of the way to its destination, it no longer has any value. Many deeds are good at face value but are afflicted with an incident which causes it to not arrive to its final destination.

Or when we start a task, we start boastfully and ostentatiously and without any spiritually divine intention, or in the middle of the task we are afflicted with jealousy, self-pride, and egotism, or after a deed we sin and wipe out all the rewards of the deed.

In these three examples, we may perform a good deed but its delivery to its final destination is lacking. That’s why the Qur’an does not say who so does a good deed shall have ten the like of it, but rather, “Whoso brings a good deed shall have ten the like of it” - مَن جَآءَ بِٱلْحَسَنَةِ: Whoso delivers the good deed to the Hereafter safely.

  • 1. Anam 6:160