Abu Huraira narrated from the Prophet (salAllahu alaihi wa sallam) that once while a man was travelling in the wilderness he heard a voice in a cloud ordering the angel of the cloud to pour its rain on a particular farm.
So the man followed the cloud and saw that it poured its rain on a rocky volcanic plain. All the water gathered in a stream and poured into a farm. The man saw the owner working in that farm and asking him his name. The name was the same one that he had heard from the cloud.
The man then related what he had heard and seen, and inquired from the owner of the farm what was special about him that would explain all of this. Given the reason for the inquiry, the owner explained that he would plant his farm and then split the harvest into three equal parts. One part he gave as sadaqa, the second part he kept as food for himself and his family, and the third part he replanted. (Muslim)
I think we can take two principal lessons from this hadith.
The first is the importance of sadaqa. We should remember that sadaqa doesn’t only refer to the giving of money, it can be your time and effort towards a good cause, it could be passing on knowledge, helping someone who is in need of help. Even a smile is sadaqa. We don’t have to be wealthy people to give sadaqa, so don’t hold back and just do what you can.
(I know this article is about the above hadith but this following hadith fits the sadaqa point very well =P)
The Prophet PBUH said:
“There is a Sadaqa ( charity ) due on every Muslim; if he cannot give because he has no money, let him work then he can support himself and give charity; if he is unable to work, then let him help someone in need of his help; if he does not do that, let him adjoin good; if he does not do that, then he should not do evil or harm others: it will be written for him as a Sadaqa” (Bukhari and Muslim)
This man made the intention to give sadaqa from his farm, so Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) gave him rain so that this man could be a means to provide for the needy. Money is not just a blessing but also a trial from Allah (subhannahu wa ta’ala), to see what we will do with it – are we going to buy more things we don’t need or are we going to do good with it?
The second lesson we can take from the hadith is CONSISTENCY. The man was giving one third of his earnings from the farm on a regular basis. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) loves consistency in good deeds, and so He sent rain especially for him.
I have to sneak in another fitting hadith – Rasul Allah (sal Allahi 3alaihi wa sallam) said that the deeds most loved by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) are those that are done regularly even though they may be few. (Bukhari)
So choose a few new good deeds that you’d like to start doing, however small you think they are, and do them every day. And then once you’ve made a habit of those, keep adding more! May Allah reward you all for your efforts and good deeds InshAllah.
Let’s aim to be DYNAMIC MUSLIMS consistently =)