بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Once upon a time, there lived a girl named Uzma who had been blessed with a great opportunity to study the Qur’an.
As her journey through the Qur’an slowly came to an end, she felt a sense of urgency to get her act together!“If I don’t start implementing on the ahkaam (rulings) I’ve learnt from the Qur’an now, then when will I ever?” she thought to herself.
The next day, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) made her come across Surah Yasin, ayah12.
إِنَّا نَحْنُ نُحْيِي الْمَوْتَى وَنَكْتُبُ مَا قَدَّمُوا وَآثَارَهُمْ وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍ أحْصَيْنَاهُ فِي إِمَامٍ مُبِينٍ
“Indeed, it is We who bring the dead to life and record what they have put forth and what they left behind, and all things We have enumerated in a clear register.”
This ayah talked about the kind of traces one leaves behind and how it leaves an impression on the environment around us. This ayah strongly emphasized on the importance of ACTION. Each deed one does, not only affects on an individual level, but actually affects the entire environment!
Hence, from that day she became more conscientious of her daily activities and became more aware of the kind of effects she was leaving behind. For instance, after Fajr prayers she has started to sit outside in the garden to recite the Qur’an and reflects on the fact that the trees, birds, other insects and the winds are all witnessing her recitation and she is leaving an impression behind.
This ayah has made her live at a more proactive level: to say Salam, to smile more often, to enjoin the good and to deter people from doing bad. For instance, one day she had the opportunity to explain to someone who was littering on the floor to reflect on the kind of traces she was leaving behind.
So Alhamdulillah, Uzma’s life goes on and she has come to realize that if she really seeks it, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) will certainly show her the way.