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Living for the Eternal

This paper is a submission by Kaneez Fatima.
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" Why do you exhaust yourself for anyone and everyone! Can't you see people are misusing you? They are not going to do anything for you in return?

"I donít care what people give me or not, I expect the retribution from Allah and Allah alone." This was the reply of a friend who used to be at the service of anyone in need of help. And it speech-bounded me.

People from all religions do good and make efforts to do good. You may even see many atheists helping other people on the basis of humanity. Then why does the beauty of this goodness increase numerous folds when it comes from a believer?

Surah Asr announces that all mankind is in loss except those believe, and do good and enjoin on each other truth and patience.

Sacrifice and devotion are the underlying ideas. When a believer does good, he does it for the sake of Allah, burying the calls of his own ego that tells him again and again that he himself is the impetus for his noble deeds, realizing that itís the Creator alone who is and can be the driving force for anything good happening anywhere and give thanks to Him for driving him to do good.

I help my mother with the daily chores at home, thinking what? Do I think that she deserves to be helped? But why does she deserve to be helped? Because she is my mother or because my Creator has induced love for her in my heart and has obligated me to be kind to her?

Sometimes, I am too tired to help my mother, or too busy or just not in a mood to help her. But then i help her not because she is my mother, but because i want to obey Allah and Rasool (SAW) who have told me to help the people around me and be kind to our parents.

Going against my natural instincts and desires for the sake of Allah and his Rasool (SAW) is one of the greatest worships in its purest forms. Dedicating our actions to Allah with the intention of serving Him through all we do is what turns an ordinary mortal into a living miracle!

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