Reflections 10- Reward

It's ramadan. Everyone's fasting, reciting the Quran, helping with organizing iftars, being part of food drives, and making use of every opportunity to do good. But there are some among us who aren't as able - the old, the sick, the pregnant. It might seem like there are missing out such opportunities. They feel really low and sad. I was thinking about it, and remembered this hadith.

الطّاعِمُ الشاكرُ كاصائم الصابِِِِرِ
The one who eats and is thankful is like the one who fasts and is patient.

A close look on the hadith: ATa'imu and ATshakiru are in the same state, same gender, and same in plurality. Therefore, it's a mausoof-sifah structure. What that means is it's a descriptive phrase. the particle ك- is used for "like" (discussed on Arabic Learners)
On the other side of "ك" - And aSaimi and aSabiri are in the same state, same gender, and same in plurality. Another descriptive phrase.

In the explanation of the hadith, the author of Zad ut talibeen writes, the point of similarity between the two is that both acts are deserving of reward, even though the reward of the fasting person is surely greater.

1 comment:

Maryam said...

Asak..
Well .. Well ....... This is something that I dint knew, I really appreciate your research and effort.