It’s not necessary that we do good to get something in return. We do good, to strengthen our value system, or to nourish our souls perhaps. But it comes a time, where you stop for a little bit, just for a little, after so many disappointments and heartbreaks. And you wonder, isn’t good exchanged with good?
Hold on there, but why have people exchanged such kind acts with cruel and questionable behaviours? Or even at other times, exchanged kindness with cold and brutal nothingness? At what point did this rain of kindness turn these lands into muds and not gardens?
It stings to realise that you’ve been dried up. Completely and utterly. Because you were busy trying to cheer and care for everybody else, that there is nothing left for you, to cheer you. And those whom you invested in, don’t even have the courtesy to do the same. I was shattered and disheartened once, twice, and thrice. And may I remind you it was always because of the little things. Because it is always about the little things. It’s interesting that a straw is what broke the camel’s back, not a tree or whatever else. What’s even more interesting are those who are more like graves, as much as you put into them they’re never full, and they’re only good at one thing, that is taking. Where have the etiquettes, manners and good character traits fly to?
But, I have realised, that throughout, I have made a fundamental error. Which is the core for these heartbreaks. I was directing the question “Is the reward for good [anything] but good?” [55:60] not only to the wrong people, but to people, rather than to my Creator. Because, he is the one who gives, he is the one who cares, he is the one who knows, and he is the one who mends. So, Ya Allah, compensate me with what’s good in this dunya and the hereafter. Ya Allah, mend my heart and strengthen it. And ya Allah, don’t let go of me and leave me for myself even for a blink of an eye.
Remember, if you do an act, do it purely for Allah’s sake. Because the seed that you plant for some is lost. Plant here, and be assured that if it doesn’t grow and blossom here, it will blossom there. Because Allah’s seed will never be lost. And remember this, “It’s not the rain’s fault that those lands have turned into muds and not forests” – Mohammed Alrotayyan. Do good, and move on. And always, wish for people what you wish for yourself, we have enough selfish-living-souls, so let’s not be more of a burden on this earth. “No one of you shall become a true believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself” – The Prophet (ﷺ).
With that being said, I invite you all, I invite you all, to invest in the little things, because truly it is what breaks and repairs hearts. Teach yourself the etiquettes of emotions. Teach yourself how to act, talk, and deal with people. Ibn almuqaffa was asked, “Who disciplined you?” He said “Myself” but then he was asked, “Does one discipline themselves?” He said, “If I saw a beauty in others I took it in, and if I saw an unpleasantness I abstained from it, and this way, I disciplined myself”. So, discipline yourself, and speak good words only. “…and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him speak good or remain silent” – The Prophet (ﷺ). Yes, indeed, let us speak good, or remain silent. Let us learn to keep our words in if they serve no good.
You’re solely responsible for your own actions, so be wise, plant good seeds, and continue to disciple yourself. And remember to do it all for the sake of Allah. Once you have done so, ask your Lord “Is the reward for good [anything] but good?” [55:60]. And I guarantee you, the fruits Allah give are greater than anyone will ever give, they somehow come in abundance and are never, never out of season.
To wrap this up, I’ll leave you with these Quranic verses to ponder upon.
“Have you not considered how Allah presents an example, [making] a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches [high] in the sky?” [14:24] “It produces its fruit all the time, by permission of its Lord. And Allah presents examples for the people that perhaps they will be reminded.” [14:25] “And the example of a bad word is like a bad tree, uprooted from the surface of the earth, not having any stability.” [14:26].
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