Now that this noble principle has been established, it is known that deeds, in and of themselves, do not necessitate salvation from the Fire and entry into Paradise, let alone necessitating the ascension to the uppermost levels of Paradise: the levels of Those Brought Close, and seeing the face of the Lord of the worlds, and it is known that this can only come to pass through the mercy of Allah, His grace, and forgiveness. This then requires the believer to abandon thinking highly of his deeds and to look solely to the grace of Allah and His blessings.
One of the Gnostics was asked, 'Which deed is best?' He replied, 'Realising the grace of Allah, Mighty and Magnificent.' He then recited,
If quantities were able to aid in any way, They would join the obtuse with the judicious.
When all of this is understood, it is obligatory upon the believing servant; the servant who desires salvation from the Fire and entry into Paradise, who desires to be close to His Master and to look on at His face; to seek all of this by taking to the means that lead to Allah's mercy, pardon, forgiveness, pleasure, and love. It is in this way that he will attain His munificence. The means are the various deeds Allah has appointed: only those deeds that He has legislated upon the tongue of His Messenger: only those deeds that His Messenger told us would serve to draw us closer to Allah: those deeds that He loves and lead to His pleasure and forgiveness. Allah, Exalted is He, says
Allah's mercy is close to the good-doers. [Al-Araf:56]
My mercy extends to all things but I will pre scribe it for those who have taqwa... [Al-Araf:156]
So it is obligatory upon the servant to seek out those traits of taqwa and goodness that Allah has legislated in His Book or upon the tongue of His Messenger (saw), and having done so, draw closer to Allah, Mighty and Magnificent, through enacting them. There is no other path that can lead to the goal of the believing servant.
The Great Principle
Al-hamdulillah is the Imbursement of every Favour
Elucidation of the Meaning of Favours
Both Paradise & Deeds are from the Grace of Allah
Misery and Felicity Occur through His Justice and Mercy
Allah's Blessings can Never be Truly Repaid
One of the Greatest Blessings is Gratitude
Acknowledging the Grace of Allah
The Most Beloved Deeds to Allah
The Meaning of "Saddidu wa Qaribu"
A Noble Principle
The Ease of this Religion
The Meaning of "the beginning of the day", "the end of the day," & "a portion of the latter part of the night"
The Meaning of Moderation
Travelling the Path of Allah, Mighty and Magnificent
Deeds are by their Conclusion
The Excellence of Drawing Close to Allah
The Types of Reaching Allah
Islam, Iman, Ihsan
The Periods of Morning and Evening
Those who Hold to the World and those who Hold on to the Hereafter
The Unexpected Confrontation
The Types of Actions that will be as Scattered Dust
Sadness in the World & Misery in the Hereafter