CHAPTER: THE DOING OF GOOD DEEDS VERY FREQUENTLY AND PUTTING ONE'S BEST EFFORTS IN DEVOTION TO ALLAAH
Mughira b. Shu'ba reported that Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) worshipped so much that his feet were swollen. It was said to him: (Why do you undergo so much hardship despite the fact that) Allaah has pardoned for you your earlier and later sins? Thereupon he said: May I not (prove myself) to be a grateful servant (of Allaah)?
This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Mughira b. Shu'ba and the words are: Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) kept standing in prayer (for such long hours) that his feet were swollen. They (his Companions) said: Verily, Allaah has pardoned for thee the earlier and the later of thine sins. Thereupon he said: Should I not prove myself to be a grateful servant (of Allaah)?
A'isha reported that when Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) occupied himself in prayer, he observed such a (long) qiylm (posture of standing in prayer) that his feet were swollen. A'isha said: Allaah's Messenger you do this (in spite of the fact) that your earlier and later sins have been pardoned for you? Thereupon, he said. A'isha should I not prove myself to be a thanksgiving servant (of Allaah)?