I was seated at my desk doing some documentation when my senior popped up and handed me a chicken pie. My colleague seated next to me quipped
Your rezqi’s good today, Fad!
And then it clicked.
Before dhur prayers earlier in the day, I decided to solat dhuha, a sunnah prayer which is meant to increase rezqi. In my head at that point of time, I was hoping that my dhuha prayers would somehow result in an influx in the amount of cash flowing into my pocket. The few weeks before, I had constantly done that prayer every day, but seeing what I deemed to be ‘no results’, I had allowed myself to lax from it.
So anyway, getting back to the office from the Masjid, I found on my table two plastic bags. As I did not ask my colleagues to buy any food for me, I was surprised having peered in them to see some honey dew, and a kueh lapis. Giving my colleagues my thanks for the treat, I settled in and started resuming work, chewing on my free snacks.
It was only upon getting the chicken pie later in the evening, and listening to my colleague’s comment – “Your rezqi’s good today, Fad!” – that it clicked in my head that rezqi does not necessarily mean money. Doh! How could I have overlooked this fact? *slaps forehead*
Everything in this world belongs to Allah, and thus any good that comes your way, any sustenance, be it money, food or shelter (for example) are considered rezqi which comes from Allah. In my narrow mindedness of viewing Rezqi = Money, I have made a grave error of not being thankful for the things that have been coming my way!
Thus, in a sick twist of events, it became apparent to me that in return for Allah increasing my rezqi (past few weeks I had loads of free treats from others that I think can easily reach a few hundred dollars worth, not to mention me winning first prize in the lucky draw which is worth around $400), I had actually stopped doing my dhuha prayers :(
So from this incident, we can all learn a few things:-
- One, that rezqi does not necessarily mean cash (i think only I need this reminder though hahaha)
- Two, that Allah does listen to ALL our prayers, even though sometimes we don’t see His answers, and sometimes we have to wait for it.
- Three, that Allah is the All-Merciful. Even after I slacked from doing my Dhuha prayers although He did answer me, He still bestowed rezqi on me today once I started to do the prayers again *burp I just received another donut while typing this, Alhamdulillah.
- Four, being a good Muslim does need one to always think and reflect. If I had thought nothing of my colleague’s comment, I would never have made that link!
- Five, that the person who always learns things about Islam from you, can actually actually teach you something as well, Subhanallah :)
(Entry originally written on Dec 30th, 2009)