Scenario 1: This is how a typical working day goes- You find yourself running favors for people. You take feelings into consideration. You help a particular someone with her delimmas. You bail your friend out of a tight spot. You stop to listen and comfort a person going through a miserable time. You cook, clean and take care of the household. In short- you try to make people around you smile big.
Ever paused to think why? Why take the pains or go out of the way to help someone?
We subconsciously work through the day being nice to people, trying to get along well either ’cause we want to look good or it’s just the way we were brought up. But if we put a little thought behind these small attempts to make someone’s day, we might end up scoring big. How exactly? Read this hadith:
Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab:
I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for.” [Bukhari]
Go through the first part again.
You get what you aim for. Say, you’re painstakingly explaining some rocket-science principle to your fellow mate thinking she’ll return the favor some day or maybe even feel grateful about it- believe me, she will. But that’s all there’s to it. You made her day, you got her respect. But if you do it ’cause you know Allah (swt) likes every good deed- big or small, this is what you get: you earn your Lord’s pleasure and the reward points, plus, you make this person’s day and you get his respect.
Face it- option (b) is a way better deal. 🙂
So the next time you’re helping your mom around or doing your sister’s part of the household chores, do it solely for Allah’s (swt) pleasure. You’ll get a lot of weightage in your Book of Deeds and respect and gratitude along the way as an added bonus. It all starts with, and comes downs to your intentions at the end of the day.
Act consciously. 🙂