بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Righteousness does not consist in whether you turn your faces toward the east of west; what is righteous is to believe in God and the last day, and the angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of your love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and the practice regular charity; to fullfill the contracts which you have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and in times of war. Such that do so are people of truth. Such are the God-fearing. (Al-Baqara, 177)
I’ve been hearing a lot of judgement from our Muslim brothers and sisters who think they have a special gift of picking out pious people from the not so pious. Or more bluntly- the real Muslims from the fakes. There is nothing wrong with being praised for doing a good dead, it’s a good feeling and at times seeing the very obvious bad decisions made by some of our brothers/sisters makes it hard for us to stop from backbiting. Let me just start out by saying no matter how high you might think of yourself, you are no ones judge, your comments don’t have any authority to a person’s good or bad deed or their fate in the afterlife (but it might have some effect on your own fate).
A good person in the Quran, in that particular verse is very, very clear. Your good deeds aren’t tattooed to your forehead for the world to see, and for a good reason. Being righteous comes from within oneself and is achieved through practice, only for the love and approval of Allah. A verse from the same Surah (Al-Baqara) states:
O you who believe! Do not render in vain your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like him who spends his wealth to be seen by men, and he does not believe in Allah, nor the Last Day. His likeness is the likeness of a smooth rock on which is a little dust; on it falls heavy rain which leaves it bare. They are not able to do anything with what they have earned. And Allah does not guide the disbelieving people. 
If you disclose your charity, it is well, but if you conceal it and give it to the poor, that is better for you. Allah will forgive you some of your sins. And Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do. 
To do good deed, or in this case charity, God says that it is better for a person to conceal the act in order to avoid a person giving charity for other people’s approvals and recognition rather than Allah’s. Not to say that those who openly give to charity only want people to acknowledge and praise them. That’s the thing. We don’t know. We don’t know what’s in the hearts and minds of people. We are not God, therefore we shouldn’t take his place as the one and only Judge.
And if good deeds are done in secrecy, it makes it a little hard to find such people. It could be that someone we might look at as a ‘bad person’ has done something in secret that might grant them Allah’s mercy.
I know all of this should be obvious, but believe me, this is one of the many problems facing our community.
Please give me some feedback and any opinions or arguments you might want to share with me. 🙂