A BUILDER working for a company building homes now wanted to retire. He was feeling his old age in his bones. He went to the manager of the company and informed him of his intention to retire. The manager said he could retire, but under condition that he build one final home for the company.
The man accepted the condition and began building the home as quickly as he could so he could fulfill the condition and finally retire.
So the home was built shabbily; the doors were poorly hung and the walls were flimsy. But he did not care. He rushed to the manager and handed him the keys to the newly built home.
“This house is a gift to you from the company that you have served for so many years,” the manager said.
The man was truly shocked. He thought to himself, “Why didn’t I build that home well, why didn’t I make that the best home I ever built?”
The builder reaped what he sowed.
Our Solat and our good deeds are for Allah alone. He asks us to do them but on the Day of Judgment they will be ours to benefit from.
Surely we have a need to perfect them now because they will be the only thing that we will bring with us on the Day of Judgment.
“This worldly life is only [temporary] enjoyment, and indeed, the Hereafter – that is the home of [permanent] settlement.” [Ghafir/40:39]
Islamia/The Brunei Times
Fri, 4 April 2014