It looked like it was going to rain shortly. The sky was grey. It was almost noon, but the sun was hidden away by a grey ‘blanket’. It was cool though. There were no birds flying anywhere. A couple of birds sat on the telephone wire. Assim was standing outside talking to Bill. They both had their hands in their pockets. They knew that it was probably going to rain shortly. A sudden breeze blew some leaves off a tree onto the sidewalk.
Assim said that he liked the rain. It was a nice change from the usual hot Los Angeles weather. And the plants could always use the extra water. Bill said the only thing he didn’t like about rain was that all the motor oil on the streets would get washed into the ocean, and so would all the cigarette butts and plastic bags. Some if not many of the ocean’s creatures will be affected by such rubbish.
“Let’s pick up these rubbish before they get carried away into the drain,” Assim said. “We will get hasanat from Allah for trying to prevent harm in the environment.”
Both boys remembered that
“The Prophet (pbuh) was asked if acts of charity even to the animals were rewarded by Allah. He replied: ‘Yes, there is a reward for acts of charity to every beast alive.’”
[Narrated by Abu Huraira, Bukhari, 3:322. Also Muslim, Vol. 4; Hadith No. 2244.]
Edited :5th April 2013