Hadhrat ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (Radiyallahu ‘anhu) related that Nabi (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was asked: “O Messenger of Allah, which of the people are most beloved to Allah, and which deeds are most beloved to Allah?”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “The people most beloved to Allah are those who are most beneficial to the people; and the most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or remove one of his troubles, or to fulfil his debt, or to satiate his hunger.
Walking to fulfil a need of my Muslim brother is more beloved to me than sitting in I’tikaaf in a Masjid for two months. Whosoever averts his anger, Allah will conceal his faults and whosoever suppresses his anger while he is able to vent it, Allah will fill his heart with happiness. Whoever walks with his brother to fulfil his need and fulfils it for him, then Allah Ta’ala will make his footing firm [on the bridge] on the day when the footings are shaken. Evil character spoils one’s deeds just as vinegar spoils honey.”
[Qada-ul Hawaij, Al Mu’jamul Kabir,
Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Targhib, Majma’uz Zawaid]