My long forgotten blog…

Alhamdulillah I have two other blogs as well but for a long time I have not been able to post anything on them… Today I thought I must take some step towards their revival… so I am posting an article from my blog “Ghorofiker” (ponder and contemplate)…

A Tale of two Bushes…

This is the amazing story of two identical bushes growing in my garden… they seemed almost the same to me… and I didn’t really pay any attention to them because they seemed so ordinary and plain… without anything exciting about them…but then a month ago I was overjoyed to see a flower on one of them… It was an unexpected gift for me as I never knew it would bear flowers… 

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As I was admiring the beauty of this image I suddenly realized that the bush which had the flowers was so thin and weak… and the other bush which was so bright and full, didn’t have even one flower on it…

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I was filled with this deep sadness… because it reminded me of so many examples where people who apparently had so much talent and qualifications did not get any output for their efforts… while on the other hand people who had average capabilities got great results…

But then I thought that this happens to teach us a lesson… and the lesson is that the “flowers and fruits” of our efforts are in Allah’s hands… and He is All Powerful… so He doesn’t depend on our talents or capabilities to give us anything he wants… His distribution of provision is based on His limitless knowledge and Wisdom… which we do not understand because our vision is so shallow… we just assume that this bush has the right to have flowers because it has produced such bright and shining leaves… but Allah knows why it should remain empty…

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This made me calm down and I was filled with an increased sense of awe of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala for how much He knows and we do not know…

And so for many days I just kept looking at the two plants and as one of them got more and more flowers… the other one became more and more fresh and bright with better and bigger leaves… and I thought how brave and optimistic it is that it is still working even though it didn’t get anything for it… But then I also learned one more thing from this observation… that these two plants which had appeared identical in the beginning were not the same at all… they were very different…

And then this idea of mine was confirmed one bright morning when I was taking a stroll in my garden and as I turned to look at these bushes I got the most amazing surprise of a bright big flower shining on top of that “flower-less” bush…It seemed like a medal of appreciation for its patience and hard work…

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And it made me so happy that its hard to describe in words… On and On my heart chanted: “O MY Allah O my Allah… how great you are… How Loving… How appreciative of Goodness… Certainly You Know everything and we don’t”…

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Just like this bush was different and it had its own time to have a flower that was much bigger and more beautiful than that other bush… Similarly all people are different and each one will have “flowers” on their own time… if one of you has nothing to show for your efforts right now… you should remain hopeful and optimistic that Allah will give you a much more beautiful “flower” at the exact time which is right for you…

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Because at the end of the day what really matters is that we have been placed here as a test… to do our best… without being resentful at the apparent lack of results… because the outcome of every single effort is safe with Allah… He doesn’t waste the goodness of someone who does good Only For Allah… And one day He will show his appreciation too… and that day is coming soon… so keep up the good work for His Pleasure Only… not for any results which you might see here or not… but for the benefit which will continue for eternity…

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