"For a player – and for any human being – there is nothing better than hearing ‘well done’. Those are the two best words ever invented in sport.”
As the 'holidays' approach, it is always curious, as a Muslim, gazing at the traditions and customs of another culture.
Whilst we pour scorn on the ever increasing commerciality of a would be religious festival, it is interesting to note a sense of charity which also exists at this time of year.
Campaigns in newspapers, reminders of those less fortunate and a mood of kindness amongst people suggest people maybe less Scrooge like than one might think?
At a recent Islamic lecture, the Shaykh reminded us of the need to be more concerned about what we can do as opposed to how much we can do. He added that the Companions of our beloved Prophet
would concern themselves more with the *acceptance* of their deeds rather than their *ability* to do them.
It is a poignant reminder is it not that gratitude to creation is in fact gratitude to the Creator and that we should all be striving and yearning to serve our Lord.
Ultimately, the knowledge that Allah is pleased with us (even if only for a second) should be more than sufficient compensation for the difficulties we face in the world."Their reward with their Lord is gardens of perpetuity beneath which rivers flow, abiding therein for ever;
Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased with Him; that is for him who fears his Lord."