“A good deed is a good deed” – John Lee Hancock
I liked this quote because it simply explains how any good is good … aaaannndddd?
The definition of a good deed can be portrayed by faith and other philosophical views of morality and ethics. Central to a lot of Scholarly thoughts and views in Islam and for those fasting Ramadan is the concept of “no intended harm and no unintended harm (1)” quoted by the Prophet PBUH, in other words, all forms of possible harm irrespective of the benefits, direct or indirect. Another supplementary concept related to the thought today, is the concept of intentions where “one’s own actions are judged by one’s own original intention (2)”, in other words, if one aims to do bad, what they do is bad and if one aims to do good, what they do is good.
So, what is a good deed? Anything that does not cause any intended or intended harm where the original intention was good and as a result, it is not always possible to correctly judge other people’s actions especially if what they do does not cause harm, have good intentions but actions do not necessarily make a large, noticeable positive change.
The call to action is to watch our intentions, and study our actions before we take them, aware of the possible harm and if unintended harm is done, then one learns, improves and repeats … sustaining the good and making the good, even better.
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(1) Nawawi Hadith #32
(2) Nawawi Hadith #1