Description: Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) said, ‘Know that acts of courtesy earn praiseworthy results, and end in rewardable gains. If you were to see acts of courtesy personified as a man, you would perceive him to be good and handsome, pleasing for people to behold and transcending all the worlds. And if you were to see acts of vileness personified, you would perceive an ugly, revolting, disfigured man, whom the hearts would be averse to and whom the eyes would turn away from in disgust.
Description: Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘The people who perform acts of courtesy in this world will be the same ones to perform them in the Hereafter, for verily in the Hereafter their scales will be so laden with their good deeds that they will be able to bestow them generously on the sinners [in order to assist them].’
الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أهلُ المَعروفِ في الدّنيا هُم أهلُ المَعروفِ في الآخِرَةِ ؛ لأِ نَّهُم في الآخِرَةِ تَرجَحُ لَهُمُ الحَسَناتُ ، فيَجودونَ بِها عَلي أهلِ المَعاصي .
Reference:[Amali al-Tusi, p. 304, no. 610]
Description: Imam al-Jawad (a.s.) said, ‘People who perform acts of courtesy towards others benefit more from them than the receptors of their kindness, for verily they have the reward for them, the [rewarding feeling of] pride for having helped someone as well as a mention. So however much good a man may do for others, it ultimately always starts by benefiting himself, such that he never seeks thanks for the benefit incurred by himself through helping others.’
Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘Perform acts of courtesy to those who are worthy of them as well as those who are not worthy of them, and even if they have no effect on those who deserve them, you are at least worthy of [performing] them
Reference:.’[‘Uyun Akhbar ar-Ridha, v. 2, p. 35, no. 76]
Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘He who offers charity to a poor man gets the reward befitting the action, but if forty thousand people pass the same offering from hand to hand until it reaches the poor man, they all receive a complete reward for it.’
Description: Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘If an act of charity [or courtesy] goes through eighty changes of hands, all of them receive the reward for it, without any decrease in the reward of the initiating good-doer.
Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘One who does not sustain his good action loses it.
الإمام عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَن لَم يُرَبِّ مَعروفَهُ فقَد ضَيَّعَهُ.
Reference:’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 9115]
Description: Imam al-Kazim (a.s.) said, ‘A good turn done to a fellow believer is not considered complete until accompanied by three things: underestimation of the act, concealing it, and hastening its completion. He who underestimates his good turn to a fellow believer has esteemed his brother highly indeed, whereas he who esteems his good turn to be great has deemed his brother to be insignificant. He who conceals the good turn that he has done has honored his action, and he who hastens to fulfill his promise takes pleasure in the gift too.’
Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘Never hold any act of common courtesy in contempt, even simply meeting a fellow brother with a face displaying pleasure at seeing him.’
رسولُ اللّٰهِِ (صَلَّيَ اللّٰهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): لا تُحَقِّرَنَّ شَيئاً مِنَ المَعروفِ ، ولَو أن تَلقي أخاكَ ووَجهُكَ مَبسوطٌ إلَيهِ.
Reference:[Kanz al-Fawa’id li al-Karajiki, v. 1, p. 212]
Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘Never deem any act of common courtesy that you are able to carry out as insignificant in comparing it to a greater act, for verily the simple act performed when the need for it arises is more beneficial to its receptor than the great act for which there is no need. Perform for each day good acts that befit it and you will grow on the right course.
Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘The best act of common courtesy is that which good people are able to benefit from.’
الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): خَيرُ المَعروفِ ما اُصيبَ بِهِ الأبرارُ.
Reference:[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 4983]
Description: Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) was once asked what the mark of acceptance of a servant with Allah is, to which he replied, ‘The mark of acceptance of a servant with Allah is that his good acts reach the objects of their intention. If not, then that is not the case.’
Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘He who leads a blind man forty steps on level ground, even if he was to be rewarded the whole world’s worth of gold, it would not be enough to recompense a needle’s worth of what that act deserves. And if there is a danger on the path which he averts him from, he will find that act on the Day of Resurrection within his balance of good deeds, larger than one hundred thousand times the expanse of the earth.’
Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘He who builds a structure on the road affording shelter to a traveller, Allٍah will raise him on the Day of Resurrection mounted on a fine-bred camel made of pearls, and his face will radiate light for all the dwellers of Paradise.