In Surah al-Kahf (18:46), Allah, Al-Shakur (The Most Grateful, The Most Appreciative, The Rewarder of Good Works), tells us, at the start of this ayat (verse), a parable about how this world’s life is like the water He sends to mingle with the vegetation of the Earth, making it fresh and green and colourful, which we and animals eat, but then it dries up and becomes broken pieces that scatter in the winds. And Allah is Al-Muqtadir (The All-Determining, The Prevailing and Powerful Ordainer). We are told that wealth and children are adornments of the life of this world, what we boast about and compete with each other for and are actually a trial and an opportunity for rewards if our money is used fi Sabil Allah (in the Way of Allah) and our children are brought up as pious believers. These two resources, economic ability and human ability, are main resources which allow for the betterment of humankind with Allah’s Help. But al-baqiyatu salihatu (the everlasting righteous deeds) are khayr (better) near our Sustainer as thawab (reward) and better for hope. Rather than vying for wealth and the adornment of this life, we must compete in righteous deeds, such as worship, charity, fasting, helping others, being kind to our family and each other, improving ourselves, maintaining ties with the believers, being truthful and just, writing useful works, building masajid (places of worship), schools, hospitals, etc. In fact, it is quite possible that we may not witness the reward of our good deeds immediately and others may not appreciate what we do. These pious deeds are stored in the Hereafter and await us if they were done for the Pleasure of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, inshallah (Allah Willing).We must try to do righteous deeds only for Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala and not expect or hope for any reward for them from people. The rewards we may receive from Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala are better than anything and they are the things we must place our hope in, the amal (hope) that Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala will accept our good deeds and reward us near His Glory in Paradise, inshallah. For it is only Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala Who is Most Thankful for righteous actions and beliefs and will certainly bestow great and abundant rewards for good works, inshallah.
Writing in Very Dark Seagreen; Design in Medium Lavender, Very Light Turquoise, Very Light Baby Blue, Medium Blue, Medium Electric Blue, Sky Blue, Light Green, Medium Emerald Green, Very Dark Seagreen, Very Light Topaz, Very Light Salmon and White; Border in Light Green
4.6” X 13.1”