I learnt a great lesson the other day when I went to drop my kid at the day care center. As it was my daughter’s first day at the day care she started crying when she realized I was about to leave her there with people she had never seen before. The childminder told me to wait outside for some time and then leave once my kid stopped crying. I waited there with tears in my eyes and prayers on my lips. I could hear her cry “mamma, mamma” and I could do nothing.
While I stood there crying and praying to God to pacify my kid and give her comfort, I saw in front of me a small girl who was maybe 3 or 4 years of age crying profusely. When I enquired with the people there I found out that the little girl’s mother had gone to a place nearby where she could get some food which was being distributed among the poor and the needy. The mother had left her little daughter alone. They were very poor and their house was just one small room. There lived a lady beside the poor family’s house. I and her together tried to pacify the little girl. I tried to play with the girl with her old and worn out toys, but she refused and ran away crying. Then I bought some chocolates for her thinking she would be happy to see the chocolates, but to no avail. She cried and cried and finally we saw a lady with a shabby bag in one hand and a small baby in the other hand walking towards us. The little girl came running and stopped crying upon seeing that lady. We sighed with relief on learning that she was the little girl’s mother.
During all this time I almost forgot about my kid who I had dropped at the day care centre. I looked at my watch and it was already time to pick my kid up. I rushed to see what my kid was doing. I saw that she was playing with other kids and was really very happy to be there. I just didn’t know when she stopped crying. All Praise be to God, He listened to my prayers and answered them so quickly. The child minder there told me my kid stopped crying in just 10mins and then started playing. While most of the other kids would usually take at least a week’s time to adjust to child care. I thanked God very much.
I learnt two things that day
- The power of supplication – Always ask for God’s help in every little thing you do with a sincere heart, because without His help we can do nothing.
- A saying of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) came to my mind “Look to the one who is lower than you (by worldly means) and do not look towards the one who is above you (by worldly means). In this way it is more likely that you will not belittle (put down) the blessings of Allah upon you“ I thought about this all the way back home and thanked God for all the blessings he has showered upon us which most of the times we take for granted.
God tests people with both poverty and riches. Yes, each one of us is being tested but in different ways. Poor people give patience test while rich people give gratitude test. The test of rich people is far greater and risky because they will be held accountable to every blessing that they enjoy living in this world. As for the poor, they will not have great amount of wealth which they will have to account for.
So always be grateful to God. Always look to the one who is lower than you that way you will be grateful to God for everything He has given you. Always spend a part of your wealth in charity. Always help others in any way possible. And remember your wealth and your children are trial from God [Qur’an: 64:15].
Contributed by FFJ Reader