Sheikh `Abdul-Majeed Subh, a prominent Azharite scholar, states: We hope that our interest should be focused on making more good deeds and abiding by the teachings and morals of Islam and to leave what is after that for Allah Who says in the Qur’an, “Who hath created life and death that He may try you, which of you is best in conduct; and He is the Mighty, Forgiving.” (Al-Mulk 67: 2)

So, Almighty Allah has made life to be a field for competition in performing what is good, rather a Muslim should spare no efforts to do what is better and what is best. A Muslim should always seek to do the best as long as it complies with the teachings of his religion. Almighty Allah elevates the level of such a person in Paradise. We read in the hadith, “(On the Day of Judgment)” it will be said to the reciter of the Qur’an, ‘read and go up,’ so he goes up in the levels of Paradise based on his memorization of the Qur’an; he will be elevated one level for each verse.”

Furthermore, prayers for forgiveness offered by both sons and daughters of the deceased bring great benefits for him, as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “A man’s status will be raised in Paradise and he will ask, ‘How did I get here?’ He will be told, ‘By your son’s du`a’s (prayers) for forgiveness for you.” (Reported by Ibn Majah)

Having stated the above, we should focus on asking Allah to grant us the highest rank in Paradise and working for that by doing more good deeds and staying away from all bad deeds.