The Messenger of Allah SAS also said: “Allah is Merciful toward those who are merciful among His servants” (Al-Bukhari).
The true believers are so close and connected in their deen that the Prophet SAS also said: “The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, and fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.” We see this in the lives of the Sahaabah (RA) and one such act of selflessness is narrated by Abu Huraira (RA) who said: “Once a man came to Prophet SAS and said: ‘I am hard pressed by hunger.’ The Prophet found that he had nothing to feed him, so he said to his companions, ‘Who will entertain this [man] as a guest?
Hence all forms of good deeds as mentioned in the Qur’an, as well as those established by Rasoolullah SAS, would be considered as acts of worship, from the five daily prayers to giving a thirsty dog some water to drink.
With this understanding, the opportunities for acts of worship are numerous and we should not consider even the smallest act of kindness as trivial.
Even a smile is sadaqah, a voluntary charity, and an act of worship.
The Prophet SAS said: “Do not belittle any good deed, even meeting your brother with a cheerful face” (Muslim).Whoever covers the faults of a Muslim, Allah will cover his faults in this world and in the Hereafter.Allah helps the servant as long as he helps his brother.The term “worship” covers a very broad spectrum from aspects of belief to good deeds and it is often defined as obedience to Allah by carrying out what He has commanded.Another very standard definition of worship, ibaadah, is that it is a collective term for everything which Allah loves and is pleased with, and inward and outward actions that reflect that.Narrated Abdullah bin Umar that Rasoolullah SAS said: “The most beloved people to Allah SWT are those who help and benefit others the most, and the most beloved actions to Allah SWT is pleasure and happiness that you cause to enter the heart of a Muslim, or to solve one of his problems, or to pay off his debt, or to prevent him from being hungry; and working to help my Muslim brother is more beloved to me than making i’tikaf in this masjid for a month.And whoever controls his anger, Allah will conceal his faults, and whoever controls his ill feelings, Allah SWT will fill his heart with contentment on the Day of Judgment, and whoever strives to help fulfill a need for his Muslim brother, Allah will make his feet steadfast on the day of Judgment; and bad manners ruin good deeds just like vinegar ruins honey.” It is should be noted that part of Allah’s wisdom is that He tries His servants with goodness and constraints, health and sickness, wealth and poverty, strength and weakness, youth and old age, and happiness and sorrow —every possible circumstance in order that the believer might increase in his belief.Such are the rightly guided.” And at the same time, it is a test of faith to see if believers extend help to others in need.So when difficulties such as earthquakes, flood, tsunamis, hurricanes, droughts, or man-made disasters such as wars or persecution befall their fellow human beings, Muslims are obliged to rush to their aid and to relieve this hardship as much as can be, and to help those afflicted by alleviating their suffering and providing for their needs.When the guest enters, extinguish the light and give him the impression that we are also eating.’ So they sat down and the guest ate and they passed the night hungry.When he came to the Prophet SAS in the morning, the Prophet SAS said to him, ‘Allah admired what you did with your guest last night’” (Bukhari and Muslim).