In Surah Al-Fatir (35:29), Allah, Al-Ra’uf (The Kind Giver, The Affectionate), tells us that recitation of the Holy Qur’an, Allah’s Divine Book, with contemplation and action, making salat (prayer) and spending all go together. When we read Allah’s Divine Book, we realize we must act. So we worship our Sustainer through salat and we give to others, whether it is material items, wealth or knowledge. Sometimes we spend openly and at other times secretly. So, too, do we recite the Holy Qur’an and worship Allah, our Lord.
All of these create hope for us, hope that our Lord will accept our good deeds and reward us. We hope that our hearts, full of awe and fear of Allah’s Greatness, our tongues, which recite the Words of Allah, Glory be to Him, our bodies, which perform salat, and our unselfishness, in generously giving, will be accepted by our Creator. People who do these righteous deeds do not look for any reward in this world, but turn their hope to the Hereafter where Al-Ra’uf has promised a great reward for us, a reward that will never be destroyed nor perish (lan tabura). It is, thus, like a trade in which there is a tremendous wage and even profit for the believers. We trade or sell our good deeds to Allah, The Most Merciful, and send them ahead of us to the Hereafter and hope that they will be multiplied there. And so we are anxious to meet our good deeds and the servants and believers of The Affectionate in Paradise where we will rest peacefully and happily forever. [This bookmark was time-consuming, thus the higher price.]
Writing in Dark Cranberry; Design in Rose, Dark Cranberry, Lemon and Green; Border in Cranberry
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