You should feel reassured in that you have a Lord who
is just. Allah, the Exalted, admitted a woman into Paradise because of a dog
and another into the Hellfire because of a cat. The first was a prostitute from
the children of Israel; because she once gave drink to a thirsty dog, Allah
forgave her and admitted her into Paradise. This was a just recompense for her
sincerity in doing a good deed, for her sincerity to Allah. The second was a
woman who confined a cat to a room. She neither fed it nor gave it drink; by
confining the cat, she prevented it from eating insects in the fields, and so
Allah made her enter the Hellfire.
The story of the first woman is one that brings
coolness to the heart, because it makes one know that Allah gives great rewards
for small deeds.
(So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom
[or a small and shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an
atom [or a small ant] shall see it.) (Qur'an 99: 7-8)
(Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds [i.e.
(Qur'an 11: 114)
So help the grief-stricken, give to the poor, aid the
oppressed, visit the sick, pray over the dead, guide the blind, give comfort to
the afflicted, guide the misguided, and be generous to both guest and neighbor.
All of these are deeds of charity, deeds that not only help the receiver of
your kind acts, but that also help you by giving you comfort and peace.