The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, indicated the most beloved deeds to Allah in the hadiths of Aishah and Abu Huryarah quoted at the beginning of this treatise. They are of two types.
The first are those that are done continuously and persistently, even if they be few. This was the description of the deeds of the Prophet, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, and the deeds of his family and wives after him. He would prohibit the severance of deeds saying, to Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Al-As, may Allah be pleased with him, “Do not be like such-and-such a person who used to pray by night and then left it.” (Bukhari)
He, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, said, “The supplication of one of you will be answered so long as he is not hasty and impatient, saying, ‘I have supplicated but have not been answered,’ so he despairs and abandons the supplication.” (Bukhari)
Al-Hasan said, ‘When Shaytan looks at you and sees you persistent in your obedience to Allah, Mighty and Magnificent, he will do his utmost to deceive you; if he still sees you persistent, he will give up on you and leave. However, if he sees you alternating between this and that, he will have hope in you.’
The Journey to Allah by Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali Pages 39-40
The second type of deeds most beloved to Allah will be illuminated in the next post inshaAllah