Concealing Righteous Deeds or Showing Them to Parents
Fatwa No: 435610

  • Fatwa Date:23-1-2021 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 10, 1442
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Dear sheikh may I kindly request you do not send me a link please. My question is, will I be rewarded if I tell my parents about the good deeds I have done in order to make them happy? Or should I not do this and conceal my good deeds from absolutely everyone?


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The basic principle is that concealing righteous deeds is more appropriate and closer to achieving sincerity. However, it is prescribed to show good deeds if there is a preponderant benefit in that, such as when a person refutes accusation, or that those who are lazy would imitate him in doing the same act.

Therefore, if informing your parents about what you did will please them, and this was your purpose and you are safe from showing off, or seeking reputation, then informing them with this purpose is a good deed for which you will hopefully be rewarded, Allah willing.

Allah knows best.

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