Allah Ta’ala chooses us to build His House
There was once a masjid being built. It was going to be such a beautiful masjid. The community donated and helped. There was some who of course couldn’t donate as they were too poor. At the same time, there were others who were rich but did not want to donate and help the Masjid.
They had raised enough money to get the work started so keeping trust in Allah Ta’ala work began. Weekly more and more donations would come and work would carry on. However, a problem happened. As they got close to the end of building the masjid, donations started to slow down and soon all the money was finished, and they needed more.
They missed one payment, then another and then another. The builders finally became tired and said if by Friday we do not receive £50,000 in payments, work will have to stop and the masjid will not be made ready to use again.
Everyone was worried. They all gave whatever they could, but it totalled to only £5,000. There were still some very rich people who came to know of this need but still refused to help.
The days quickly passed by and Friday arrived. Today this payment needed to be made. They had trust in Allah Ta’ala but couldn’t see how he was going to help them.
A Beautiful masjid was being built and ran out of funds. They needed to raise £50,000 by Friday. Let’s see how Allah Ta’ala works in mysterious ways and helps this masjid.
A distance away there is a young businessman by the name of Hamid. He has been in a business trip travelling from city to city. It is Thursday night and the weather changes and there are storms so Hamid is forced to exit the motorway and take some rest and end the night at a local hotel.
He is usually up early but that day after fajr he overslept. When his eyes opened he realised, it was too late to make the journey home in time for Jumu’ah so Hamid decides to drive to the nearest Masjid. The masjid is an hours drive from the hotel and he has enough time to make it there.
Hamid reaches the masjid and it happens to be the masjid that was short of funds.
As Hamid enters he can sense the anxiety. He is wondering what is happening. The Jumu’ah prayer takes place and the Imam stands immediately thereafter.
He begins by praising Allah Ta’ala for all His help and thanks the people for their help and support too and says, ‘Today is the final day. Give as much as you can and remember if you don’t then Allah will send someone who will.
This announcement touched the heart of Hamid. He immediately made an intention of donating the full amount of his most recent business profit to the masjid. He wrote out a cheque and went to meet the Imam. Seeing a new face the imam enquired and Hamid explained how he had ended up at the masjid.
The imam opened the envelope and was shocked to see a cheque of the exact amount the Masjid needed!
Allah had delayed Hamid’s journey, gave him the amount in profit that the masjid needed and through Hamid Allah Ta’ala had arranged to help the masjid.
There are many lessons to be learnt from this story:
1) Allah Ta’ala is the real giver, and He gives through us.
2) If we do not spend in good causes it is our own loss, Allah Ta’ala will get someone else to give.
3) Allah Ta’ala sometimes tests us to see if we turn to Him and trust Him.
4) Even though we know Allah Ta’ala will give us, we still need to try.
5) Allah Ta’ala always has an amazing plan. It is only a matter of time before we see it.