Izma ran to the bus stop, hoping that she did not miss the 4 o’clock bus. As she was running, she passed an old lady who was trying to pick up a few apples off the pavement. Apparently the thin plastic bag in her right hand had given way.
“Shall I stop to help her? But if I do, I might miss the bus. The next bus is in an hour and it will be dark by then. I have got to get home before that. Hmm… I really wish that I could assist her,” Izma thought as she ran.
“Sorry, Madam!” Izma called out as she turned her head behind, hoping that the old lady would understand that she was in such a hurry and did intend to stop, but couldn’t.
As she turned the corner, her bus was just about to leave so she shrieked, “Wait for me! STOP!”
The bus driver heard her and re-opened the bus’s front door. “Thanks so much!” she smiled at the bus driver who smiled back.
In the next stop, a pregnant woman got on and stood next to Izma. She picked up her school bag from the floor, rose and offered her seat to the lady. The lady was definitely grateful as she thanked Izma more than twice.
Izma nodded and beamed embarrassingly as she walked to the back of the bus. After standing for more than 10 minutes, Izma finally got to sit when a group of school boys got off the bus.
She then started to feel peckish so she decided to chew some gum, pulling a strawberry-flavoured chewing gum from its wrapper. Izma was about to throw the little wrapper onto the floor when she suddenly remembered that it is Haram to litter. Therefore, she slipped the wrapper into her skirt pocket.
Izma noticed that not many people knew that it was wrong to throw rubbish inappropriately as she looked around her in the bus.
There were bus ticket stubs, a sweet wrapper, a newspaper and a torn plastic bag left behind by passengers.
There was even a busy-looking young man who left his empty coffee cup on his seat as he stood up to leave. Surely, he was not too busy to throw it in the bin!
Instantly, a Hadith Qudsi came to Izma’s mind when she thought of the events that have happened in the last hour. A Hadith Qudsi is what the Messenger (pbuh) relates to Allah. Such a hadith is revealed to the Messenger (pbuh) by means of Ilham (inspiration). He said that Allah (swt) said that:
“Verily, Allah has ordered that the good and the bad deeds be written down. Then HE explained it clearly how (to write): He who intends to do a good deed but did not do it, then Allah records it for him as a full good deed. But if he carries out his intention, then Allah writes it down for him as from ten to seven hundred folds, or even more. But if he intends to do an evil act and has not done it, then Allah writes it down with HIM as a full good deed. But if he intends it and has done it, Allah writes it down as one bad deed.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
Edited :30th April 2013
[chapter one, number 11 of “Riyad_us_saliheen”]