In the Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful
You know, it’s amazing isn’t it? As I go all day without food, drink, and coffee, I think to myself: “It is SO easy to sneak a cup of coffee, or a bottle of soda, or a quick snack, and NO ONE would ever know! I could look like I’m fasting and cheat at the same time!” Yet, I do not dare do so. I know that God is watching me, and I could never do something like that. My Beloved told me to fast, and I do it happily (even if I can’t have my coffee).
And the Lord God is immense in His thankfulness and reward. In what is called a “Sacred Hadith,” a saying of the Prophet (pbuh) in which he speaks what God is saying, the Lord said: “Fasting is for Me, and I will mete out the reward for it.” Amazing isn’t it? The Lord God gave me everything in my life. He gave my life itself, and I have done nothing for Him to deserve the immense gift of life. What could I give to God to repay Him for His gift of life? Nothing.
Yet, all I have to do is forgo food, drink (yes, even water) from dawn to sunset, and He will give me immense reward, mercy, and blessings. And who is giving me this reward? The One Whose resources are infinitely limitless. Amazing, isn’t it?
The same goes for other acts of devotion done for the sake of God. Even though – to be truly fair – I should not get rewarded by God for the good deeds that I do because God gave me so much, He rewards me anyway. I mean, think about it, if you have a child, and you feed that child, clothe that child, give that child everything he or she would ever want, and that child comes up to you and asks for financial compensation for being your child, what would you do? You would probably want to laugh in his or her face, right? If you ask that child to do a few chores here and there, that child should not complain, right?
Well, even though God gave us everything in life, and thus we should do the things He asks us to do without expecting reward, He rewards us handsomely anyway. And even though God gave us everything in life, He never laughs in our face when we ask Him for more. In fact, He gets happy when we ask, and ask, and ask, and ask, and ask. The Prophet (pbuh) himself told us: “If you ask for anything, ask it of God.” So, I ask, and He never gets tired of my pestering. Amazing, isn’t it?
It never ceases to amaze me when I think about it, and I have been thinking about it a lot these days. I guess that’s what happens when you can’t occupy your down time by drinking a cup of coffee, or a bottle of soda, or a cup of tea. Yet, come to think about it, that is the whole purpose of the fast. Amazing, isn’t it?