One day, a very wealthy man was walking on the road. Along the way, he saw a beggar on the sidewalk. The rich man looked kindly at the beggar and asked him why he was begging. The beggar said, "Sir, I've been unemployed for a year now. You look like a rich man. Sir, if you'll give me a job, I'll stop begging."
The rich man smiled and said, "I want to help you. But I won't give you a job. I'll do something better. I want you to be my business partner. Let's start a business together. The beggar blinked hard. "What do you mean, Sir? "I own a rice plantation. You could sell my rice in the market. I'll provide you the sacks of rice. I'll pay the rent for the market stall.. All you'll have to do is sell my rice. And at the end of the month, as Business Partners, we'll share in the profits. Tears of joy rolled down his cheeks.
Do I keep 5% and you get 95%? I'll be happy with any arrangement. The rich man shook his head and chuckled.
"No, I want you to give me the 2.5%. And you keep the 97.5%. For a moment, the beggar couldn't speak. He couldn't believe his ears. The deal was too good to be true. I want you to give me 2.5% of your profits so you grow"
The beggar now dressed a little bit better, operated a store selling rice in the market. He worked very hard. He woke up early in the morning and slept late at night. And sales were brisk, also because the rice was of good quality. And after 30 days, the profits were astounding.
At the end of the month, as the ex-beggar was counting the money. He told himself, Gee, why should I give 2.5% to my Business Partner? I didn't see him the whole month! I was the one who was working day and night for this business. I did all the work. I deserve 100% of the profits.
The rich man came to collect his 2.5% of the profits. The ex-beggar said, "You don't deserve the 2.5%. I worked hard for this. I deserve all of it!"
If you were his Business Partner, how would you feel?
This is exactly what happens to us....
ALLAH is Our Business Partner. ALLAH gave us life, every single breath. ALLAH gave us talents, ability to talk, to create, to earn money
ALLAH gave us a body, eyes, ears, mouth, hands, feet, a heart
ALLAH gave us a mind, imagination, emotions, reasoning, language
Giving 2.5% (your Zakat) is an expression of gratitude and love
Dont forget to give back what u owe
p/s: the story was shared in one of my Whatsapp group
Sesungguhnya orang yang hidup dengan Al-Quran akan meninggal dunia bersama-sama dengan Al-Quran.
Sesungguhnya Kami telah menurunkan kepada kamu sebuah Kitab (Al-Quran) yang mengandungi perkara yang menimbulkan sebutan baik dan kelebihan untuk kamu, maka mengapa kamu tidak memahaminya (dan bersyukur akan nikmat yang besar itu)?
The final part of my journey was spend at Mecca. At that time, the construction of the Holy Mosque is still ongoing.
Due to the massive construction, the environment is dusty and the places where you can perform the prayers are limited. There are hundreds of massive cranes that are scattered around the mosque. Bear in mind that I went to perform umrah before the accident of crane collapses happens. Read here.
To describe the feeling that I felt upon seeing the Kaaba is beyond words. I am lucky and honoured to be selected to come to this Holy place. It is my hope that all of my prayers will be answered and that all of Muslims in the entire world would be able to live in peace again.
To end my post, here are few pictures of the mosque including the on-going construction at that time.