And, "O you who believe! Why do you preach that which you do not practice? Grievous indeed is it with God that you preach what you do not do." (61:3)
On the Day of Judgment, some people will be on their way to Paradise and will pass by others not so fortunate. Astonished, those Heaven-bound will ask, What happened? You were the ones who encouraged us to do the good things for which we are now being rewarded! Their rueful response: Yes, but we did not practice what we preached.
While raising consciousness, creating awareness and spreading knowledge are important, it needs to be accompanied by one's own good deeds, sincere actions and personal efforts.
After doing some research, I signed up earlier this month as a (substitute) delivery person for a local service that provides lunches for needy seniors in our community, inspired as I was by Fatima, the daughter of the Prophet (S) and one of the four perfect women of all times.
When an elderly man came to the Prophet (S) and said, "I am starving so feed me, I am naked so clothe me and I am poor so help me," Muhammad (S) sent him to the house of Fatima.
She gave him her necklace, which ended up feeding a hungry man, clothing a naked man, satisfying a poor man and freeing a slave before coming back to its original owner.
But branching out hasn't been easy for me.
Two weeks ago the Meals on Wheels director called with a subbing job but I had to turn her down.
I had just downloaded some standardized testing material for my eldest daughter and needed to help her study. After all, the TCAP will be twenty percent of her second semester grade.