A good number of the Prophet's hadiths promises huge rewards for seemingly small acts of worship. For example, in one hadith the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) tells us that reciting surat Al-Ikhlas is equal to reciting one third of the Qur'an, that is, you can earn the reward of reciting the whole Qur'an in just 5 minutes.
Amazing, isn't it?
Some people think that these "offers" are too good to be true. They are skeptic about the authenticity of these hadiths and believe that such "disproportion" of reward to acts cannot be stated by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
It is true that some reports about the advantages of certain acts is discredited by hadith scholars as unauthentic hadiths, yet many other hadiths are authentic. The above hadith about surat Al-Ikhlas is reported by Al-Bukhari. So, how do you explain such highly-rewarding "special offers"?
One way to answer this question is to reflect on the characteristics of people who are keen on seizing these opportunities; such qualities that prompt them to take seriously these chances:Read more