Sunday, 16 March 2014

Collecting Brownie Points......

“The road to happiness is paved with good deeds for others.” Lisa Schroeder

One fine day, my beloved hubby asked our kids to help him with something. They then asked hubby what they will get in return. When hubby replied 'pahala' (rewards), they groaned and looked disinterested. Well, that I would say, would be the typical reaction from kids but ironically, we get the same reaction from the adults sometimes.

What struck me after was hubby's next comment. He said that if only human can see with their own eyes, the rewards attached to each good deed, everyone would be scrambling to do it.

What hubby said is absolutely true! Performing good deeds have something to do with faith and faith have everything to do with the unseen. Faith is something that the naked eyes can't see but yet the heart still believes.

Have you guys ever played the game 'pac-man' or 'super mario brothers'? If you have, you'd then remember that you can see the value of the points that you're supposed to collect. The more you eat or jump on the coins, the more points that you will get to enable you to advance to the next level.

Picture this. If we can see the rewards that is attached to good deeds like in the game, wouldn't we be happily chomping or jumping away? Wouldn't we make sure that we collect enough points to secure a better level as Muslims or if possible, even a higher level in Jannah? I bet we would.

Unfortunately, things don't work like that in the real world. In the real world we just have to have faith and believe that we will be rewarded accordingly for each good deed that we commit. As to the value of the rewards, that we just need 'tawakkal' to God Al Mighty.

Eventhough we can't see the rewards with our naked eyes, that shouldn't be the excuse for us not to scramble to collect our brownie points. This is when we need to see with our hearts as the hearts are able to see and recognise the rewards but on the condition that the hearts have faith....

On the authority of ibn Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with both of them): On the authority of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s blessing and peace be upon him) from among the sayings that he related from His Lord (glorified and exalted be He) is that He said, “Verily, Allah recorded the good deeds and the evil deeds. Then He clarified how [that recording should occur:] whoever decided to do a good deed but he did not do it, Allah records it with Him as a complete good deed. And if he decided to do it and actually did it, Allah records it with Him as ten good deeds up to seven hundred up to many times over. If he decided to do an evil deed but he did not do it, Allah records it with Him as one complete good deed. If he decided to do it and he actually did it, Allah records it as one evil deed.” (Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim)

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