Fiction / Story with a Hadith quote / Under 350 words

The Gardener

 lawnmower guy 1.2

The gardener comes every two weeks. He drives a gray pickup truck also known as an ute here in Australia. The truck looks dusty. It is about 25 years old, but it runs well. It doesn’t use plenty of petrol which makes the gardener pretty happy. The gardener’s name is Bilaal.ute

In the back of his truck are a lawn mower, a leaf blower, a rake, and a shovel. Bilaal uses the leaf blower to blow leaves and dirt from the back of the building out to the front of the building. Then he rakes up the leaves into a bag. He blows the dirt out into the street. He cuts the lawn with his lawn mower. He trims the hedge. He uses the leaf blower to blow the dirt off each Welcome mat that lies in front of each flat’s door.

Then he puts all the leaves, the grass trimmings, and the hedge clippings into a wheelbarrow. He pushes the wheelbarrow to the back of the building, where he uses his big shovel to empty the wheelbarrow contents into the big rubbish tip. It takes Bilaal about two hours to do this work.

When he is done, he goes half a block up the street to the house on the corner. There he does the same work again.

Wheel-BarrowBilaal is a hardworking gardener. He thanks Allah regularly for giving him strength and plenty of Rizq each day. He believes that everyone should work hard daily and avoid begging from others.

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,

If one of you were to carry a bundle of firewood on his back and sell it, that would be better for him than begging a man who may or may not give him anything.”

[Sunan An-Nasa’i, Book of Alms, Number 2584, Sahih]

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The End

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Edited :31st March 2013

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