عن ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه قال: قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: «الجنة أقرب إلى أحدكُم من شِرَاكِ نَعْلِه، والنار مِثلُ ذلك».
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Ibn Mas‘ūd (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said: 'Paradise is nearer to one of you than his shoelace, and so is Hellfire."
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Explanation

The Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said that Paradise and Hellfire are nearer to a person than the leather strap over his feet, which is so close to him. This is because a person may do an act that pleases Allah not thinking it will earn him a great reward, yet it takes him to the Garden of Bliss. Alternatively, a person may commit a sin to which he does not pay much attention, but it incurs the displeasure of Allah and causes him to sink deeply into Hell-fire for so many years – and he was unaware of that.

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Benefits

  1. Good deeds lead to Paradise while sins lead to Hellfire.
  2. Entering Paradise is easy if one has the right intent and do good deeds.
  3. Good deeds and sins can exist in the simplest of things. So, a person should not belittle doing simple pious acts or underestimate doing small evils.
  4. It encourages us to do good deeds, even if they are little, and discourages us from committing evils, no matter how small.
  5. Examples are given to make the intended meaning clearer.