Summer has arrived. Its already sweltering by 10am. The half a minute it takes for me to leave my air-conditioned house & walk to the air-conditioned car is enough to feel swoony. Then i see the laborers working at the construction site infront of my house. How do they withstand the heat? Is their body differnt from mine? Do they feel the heat less than me? How often are they drinking water to replenish their system? Are they content with their work? Are they getting sufficiently paid for their hard labor? Do they feel isolated in this country? Do they have a family back home that they miss? Do they wish their wives & children were with them?
How do they feel when they look at me sitting in my cool car & driving away? Do they begrudge me for what Allah has blessed me with? Do they hate or envy the comforts i have?
Do they know that everytime i see them i do dua for them? Those who are non-muslims, i pray for their guidance. Those who are muslims, i pray that Allah gives barakah in their meager earnings.
In the meantime, lets atleast do a small deed of kindness for our less fortunate brothers. Take a bottle of cold water everytime we step outside our homes & offer it to a thirsty person laboring under the sun.
May Allah protect us from the extreme thirst of the Day of Judgment. Ameen. May Allah make us of those who will drink the wine of Jannah. Ameen. May Allah have mercy on thoes laborers.
Verily, the Abrâr (pious, who fear Allâh and avoid evil), shall drink a cup (of wine) mixed with water from a spring in Paradise called Kâfûr.
A spring wherefrom the slaves of Allâh will drink, causing it to gush forth abundantly.
They (are those who) fulfill (their) vows, and they fear a Day whose evil will be wide-spreading.
And they give food, inspite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to Miskin (poor), the orphan, and the captive,
(Saying): “We feed you seeking Allâh’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you. (Al-Insan 76:5-9)