We all have our stories relating to work; our views on what is the best or ideal job or what field we would like to work in; our ‘dream job’.
However, all these different jobs and experiences are greatly influenced by the field of work, but sometimes even more importantly the employer or company we work for. What is the working environment like? What is the boss or employer like? What perks and flexibilities are on offer?
We look at all of these and where we find the most suitable environment we appreciate this and realise how easy we have it in comparison to others.
When some of us friends meet, we talk about our working environment. Whilst I work in a teaching environment surrounded by enthusiastic students and supporting teachers; there is little evidence of a ‘boss’ being around and more of a friend being with us. In comparison, many of my friends work in an environment that is not preferred by them.
This made me think of the benefits, comforts, flexibilities, ethos and environment at the institute that we sometimes take for granted.
At the same time, it made me think of this whole notion of the employer and worker.
We tend to appreciate the employer and ‘boss’ who shows you compassion, leniency, mercy and grants all forms of flexibilities. Imagine if this employer gave you perks which you knew you didn’t deserve? Think for a moment that you had all that which fulfilled not only your needs but also your desires and wishes?
Would we ever displease that employer? Would we risk our chances of being in his ‘good books’? Would we question him regardless of what he asked from us? In actual fact, if he asked for something unreasonable from time to time we would gladly complete that task.
The point is simple, Allah سبحانه و تعالى is our boss, our employer and we are his servants and employees. He سبحانه و تعالى gives us, through His blessing and kindness all forms of perks, all of which we a not deserving.
In return, Allah سبحانه و تعالى simply asks us to fulfil our part of the agreement, being subservient to Him; worshipping Him and showing gratitude to Him for all His blessings.
His Magnificence is such that He does not hold against us any of our mistakes and shortcomings; instead He asks us to repent and come closer to Him once again. For which he does not only forgive us but grants us a higher rank with him.
Allah سبحانه و تعالى states:
وَإِن تَعُدُّوا۟ نِعْمَتَ ٱللَّهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَآ
And if you were to count the favours of Allah, you would not be able to do so.
[Surah Ibrahim – 14:34]
May Allah سبحانه و تعالى give us all the true understanding of His blessings and countless فضل (bounties) which He showers upon us despite our perpetual disobedience to Him. May He make us steadfast in serving obedience to Him in a manner which pleases Him and grants us His favour. Aameen