بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
We shook hands and the Homeless man said something like 'youre a very good person.' If he had reasons to be grateful, than how many reasons do we have brothers and sisters to be grateful?
رَّبَّنَا إِنِّي أَسْكَنتُ مِن ذُرِّيَّتِي بِوَادٍ غَيْرِ ذِي زَرْعٍ عِندَ بَيْتِكَ الْمُحَرَّمِ رَبَّنَا لِيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ فَاجْعَلْ أَفْئِدَةً مِّنَ النَّاسِ تَهْوِي إِلَيْهِمْ وَارْزُقْهُم مِّنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَشْكُرُونَ
"Our Lord, I have settled some of my descendants in an uncultivated valley near Your sacred House, our Lord, that they may establish prayer. So make hearts among the people incline toward them and provide for them from the fruits that they might be grateful."
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Our volunteer, who was dressed in a yellow thobe that night, recounts his story:
The Imam continued the beautiful recitation of the Quran. The only problem was I was locked in and couldn't get out. Some Psycho kid maybe had locked me into the room as a Prank. But later I found I hadn't unlocked the door properly. Lol, I got out. Our adventures began Alhamdulillah.
How many of us, living in countries where people are wealthy, never think of feeding the poor. As I walked, I saw what appeared a man taking food packet from the trash bin. I gave him the food.
An Asian looking lady was eating something. She smiled broadly as we gave her the food.
As I passed by, I heard someone saying they have to pay some money for busking (he wasn't a music player. Rather some other expert). And I realized that it is not the people sitting saying they are homeless who are needy, or people selling the Big Issues, but the people selling, performing, etc in the street. Many of them, or most of them, or all of them are needy. But they are trying to do something to earn a living.
Later that night, I thought someone stole my wallet, and thought what a great opportunity to earn some good deeds by forgiving the thief.
أَلَا تُحِبُّونَ أَن يَغْفِرَ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
Wouldn't you like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
So I forgave him, but found the wallet wasnt stolen at all. I had just left it somewhere."