The unexpected ways Allah will reward faithful
Those who believe in Allah and perform righteous deeds in the sincere hope that they will earn His favour, will find that He provides for them in ways they do not expect, the sermon will say on Friday. The Prophet Mohammed once narrated the story of three men who were travelling together and needed a safe place to stay. They entered a cave but a rock rolled down the mountain and trapped them inside.
They said [to each other], “nothing can save you from this rock except to call upon Allah by remembering your righteous deeds which were done sincerely [for Allah’s sake alone]”.
One of the men invoked his obedience to his parents. In response, the rock moved a little – but not enough to pass. The second man told of how he abstained from the forbidden things and refused to succumb to the temptations. And the rock moved a little again. Finally, the third man said he was faithful in paying wages to those who worked for him. The rock moved again, granting the men their freedom.
This is the nature of the reward for those who live righteously, the sermon will say.