One day, I was sitting in the Haram in Makkah; it was
a sultry day and the noon prayer was about to begin, when I noticed an old man
distributing Zamzam water. He would fill a few cups, give them out to people,
and then he would return and repeat the process. He continued doing so for some
time until he became soaked in sweat. I was amazed at the fortitude of this old
man and at his love for doing kind deeds. He would give a smile and a cup of
water to as many people as he was able to serve. It made me appreciate that, if
Allah guides one to doing a good deed, one will do it with a smile, even when
it involves hard work.
Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) put his own
life at risk on the road to Madeenah in order to protect the Messenger of Allah
In order to feed his guests, Hatim would sleep on a
hungry stomach. Abu 'Ubaydah would stand guard at night in order to give rest
to the Muslim army.
'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) would walk
through the streets at night while people were asleep in order to ensure their safety.
And in the year of the great famine he would go hungry in order to feed the
Abu Talha (may Allah be pleased with him) used his
body as a shield, protecting the Prophet (bpuh) from arrows during the battle
Ibn Mubarak would distribute food while he himself was
(And they give food, in spite of their love for it [or
for the love of Him], to the Miskeen [poor], the orphan, and the captive.) (Qur'an