Rush To Do Good Actions - Thought Of The Week 21

A'uzubillahi min ash-shaytan ar-rajim Bismillah ir-rahman ir-rahim As salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. This week for our thought of the week, which we hope to be able to put into practice over the next seven days, is a beautiful tradition from the Commander of the Faithful Imam Ali, may God's peace and blessings be upon him.

And obviously, with the many thousands and thousands of sayings and traditions that we have from the Commander of the faithful, it is sometimes difficult to only pick one and read and reflect and try to implement it.

But obviously we can not do everything at one time. And so therefore we take small glimpses into these beautiful traditions from the Commander of the faithful and try to implement one of them, at least, on a weekly basis, with the hope that we can make a change in our own character and our own connection to the Prophet and his noble family, the Ahlul Bayt - may God's peace and blessings be upon them all.

Today in the short tradition that we want to reflect upon, the Commander of the faithful reminds us of doing good actions and to not only do good actions, but to be prompt to always seize the opportunity to do works of goodness for humanity.

And the Commander of the Faithful states the following in this beautiful tradition. He says, "Rush to undertake good actions before you are preoccupied with other things." Definitely this hadith is something all of us have to think about, the saying of the Commander of the faithful is something which we all need to reflect upon and to put into practice in our day to day lives.

You know, we all lead busy lives. We are busy with work, with school, with activities, with sports, driving our children perhaps to different programs that they are involved in. And we ourselves are just busy beings. We do not have time to sometimes sit and relax and think and reflect.

And sometimes when a good opportunity comes, we say, well, you know what, I will do it tomorrow. We will pass it off and say, well, we will do that good act another day when we have a bit more free time, not realizing that perhaps that free time will never come.

So the understanding that we have to put within our lives based on this tradition is that whenever a good opportunity comes, whether it be an opportunity to donate to a noble cause, to help orphans, to help widows, to feed the hungry, to aid in the propagation and the teaching and education of this beautiful religion of Islam, whatever good opportunity comes to us to perform a good action, let us seize that moment.

Let us not wait and delay, because as the traditions also tell us, that we have read in the books of the Commander of the faithful in his statements, we are told that good opportunities - these times to perform good actions - pass just as the clouds pass overhead. And if we do not make use of these blessings this time that God has given to us and we miss on that opportunity, then we potentially may lose out on goodness because that opportunity may not come again.

God may find somebody else of His creations to perform that good action and we would have lost and been deprived of the blessings of this world and the world to come.

So as we close, let us just remind ourselves this week that if we have an opportunity any time to perform a good action, let us not delay and say that we wait and ask our spouse or our friend, or we will get some feedback or we will wait till later on in the evening and do the good action.

Let us try to do that good then and there and ask Allah to always give us the ability to be those who He uses to promote goodness throughout the Earth. Wa assalamu alaykum, wa rahmatullahi, wa barakatuh.

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