Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Earn a living her way


Someone left a comment on Lisan al-Din recently, quoting Jalaluddin Rumi:
"Everyone has been made for some particular work,
and the desire for that work has been put in every heart."

How true. I was reminded of this saying when I saw this lady working happily, making traditional Malay cakes using traditional cooking methods - a rare sight indeed. She should know that she's not just a plain kuih bahulu-seller but her very presence could plant much joy in people's hearts. Really, a 'joy-baker' she was to us - this lady we chanced upon at Bukit Payung, Marang, Terengganu, Malaysia.

The look on her face said that she's contented with her earnings although it may be a meagre sum for many of us. But contentment is wealth which the poor at heart is deprived of.

May Allah make us qanaah (contented) with His decree. May we be satisfied with whatever profession He chooses for us. May we realize that no matter how significant or insignificant a profession may seem to be outwardly, the one profession that matters to Him is that of servanthood.
Allahu a'lam.
Pic credit: Nazatul Atikah, Kamil Arif & Hanis Eizzati


  1. Salam,

    Oh how cluttered the mind
    restless she is though that's not her nature
    how could Spirits roam
    when you are not surrendered
    O Lover
    Be silent for the Beloved's sake
    He is without letters nor voice
    He is as He was
    yet you refuse
    avoid being in His Presence
    you lament being lost in the ocean
    but a fish would never drown in the sea
    so swim O love
    swim with Him
    Be silent and know
    He is God,
    Noneother than Him!

    "In the silence of our longing
    We are together as one
    But as soon as we start talking
    We separate back into two
    So be silent
    There is honor in silence
    For you and me"
    - Rumi

  2. Salam,
    I just want to say I'm sorry for the comment I had made earlier and deleted. Sorry for the lack of adab. I must learn to appreciate the multiplicity of Lisan al-Din visitors, that people have their own way of expressing their thoughts.
    Thank you for visiting Lisan al-Din.
    Kind regards