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Seriously Short Reminder No. 28: Remember to remove it…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

So, there we are walking. We see something harmful on the ground like a nail or a safety pin, for example.

What do we do? Well, most of us make sure that we avoid it and then we proceed to forget about it.

“So what’s wrong with that?”

Well, if one wants to be average, then there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if one wishes to excel in the hereafter, then a great opportunity has been lost.

الإيمان بضع وسبعون أو بضع وستون شعبة . فأفضلها قول لا إله إلا الله . وأدناها إماطة الأذى عن الطريق . والحياء شعبة من الإيمان

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Iman (faith) has over seventy or sixty odd branches, the most excellent of which is the declaration that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and the lowest of which is the removal of what is harmful from the path: and modesty is a branch of iman.” [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 56]

Here’s a man who took advantage of this great opportunity:

بينما رجل يمشي بطريق ، وجد غصن شوك على الطريق فأخره ، فشكر الله له فغفر له

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu): Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “While a man was going on a way, he saw a thorny branch and removed it from the way and Allah became pleased by his action and forgave him for that.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 1, Hadeeth No. 624]

I was telling one of my friends about the virtues of fasting 3 days a month. She was very surprised. She pointed out that if we did these little deeds, we could earn so much reward, yet we were so lax. [Little things add up, remember?]

And this is the truth. Fasting three days a month and moving a harmful object from the way are very easy things. Sadly, we find that few people do them.

So, let’s try to implement these little things, for the sake of Allah. Who knows, perhaps they will be our entrance to Paradise, as they were for the man mentioned above.


Teensie-Weensie Reminder (Day 2): Remember that the “little things” add up

Assalamu Alaikum.

Imagine that you have 25 fils.*

[*The UAE currency is dirhams and fils. 100 fils = 1 dirham. AED = Arab Emirate Dirhams.]

It’s a miniscule amount right?

What if you saved 25 fils each day?

In one year’s time, you’d have AED 91.25.

In 10 years’ time, you’d have AED 912.25. Not bad at all. If you hadn’t saved  25 fils per day, you’d have AED 0 in 10 years’ time.

Okay, now imagine that you have a very clean room.

A small particle of dust floats in. It’s still a very clean room, right? After all, what is one dust particle going to do?

Another dust particle floats in.

And another.

And another.

Eventually, you’re going to have a dirty room.

What am I trying to say? Simple: little things add up. Little good things add up as do little bad things.

We should not think of anything as a “little” thing because if it is a good thing, then these little good things will be added to our good deeds. And if it’s a bad thing, then it’ll be added to our bad deeds.

So, remember the following:

1) Everything we do is written in our book of deeds. Nothing is left out.

“That Day mankind will proceed in scattered groups that they may be shown their deeds. So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.” [Surah Az-Zalzalah (99) : 6-8]

“And the Book (one’s Record) will be placed (in the right hand for a believer in the Oneness of Allah, and in the left hand for a disbeliever in the Oneness of Allah), and you will see the Mujrimoon (criminals, polytheists, sinners, etc.), fearful of that which is (recorded) therein. They will say: “Woe to us! What sort of Book is this that leaves neither a small thing nor a big thing, but has recorded it with numbers!” And they will find all that they did, placed before them, and your Lord treats no one with injustice.” [Surah Al-Kahf (18) :49]

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