What is your Sa’aa?
Your Sa’aa will make you or mar you.
Either Allah will appreciate your Sa’aa and reward you accordingly or that your Sa’aa may bring you untold miseries.
What then is Sa’aa?
1. Sa’aa and Sa’ee are two derived forms of the triliteral root sīn ʿayn yā (س ع ي) Together they occur 30 times in the Qur’an: 20 times as the form I verb sa’aa (سَعَىٰ) and 10 times as the noun sa’ee (سَعْي)
Sa’aa means to strive, to run, to endeavour, to do purposefully, to haste, to act, to work for, to carry on one’s business.
Sa’ee means effort, endeavour, strife. Recall the word Sa’ee and the act of running between Safa and Marwah.
2. Allah says in the Qur’an that man’s efforts are different from each other!
“Indeed your efforts are diverse”. (Surah al Layl 92: 4)
Man’s actions are different and opposing from one another. Among you are those who do good and among you are those who do evil.
3. Aakhirah – The Day of Judgement is the Day of Reward and Punishment:
Indeed, the Hour is coming – I almost conceal it – so that every soul may be recompensed according to that for which it strives. (Surah Taha 20: 15)
4. You will recall what all you did here in this world, there in the Hereafter:
“The Day when man will remember that for which he strove” Surah An-Naazi’aat 79:35)
5. This world is a sowing ground for the Aakhirah.
“And that there is not for man except that [good] for which he strives” (Surah An-Najm 53: 39)
6. You will find the result of your striving here in the Hereafter.
“And that his effort is going to be seen” (Surah An-Najm 53:40)
7. Some will be happy and pleased because of their Sa’aa and Sa’ee.
“[Other] faces, that Day, will show pleasure. With their effort [they are] satisfied” (Surah al Ghashiya 88: 8-9)
8. Your effort in this world will not go in vain. For the Day of Judgement will be Day of Appreciation and Recognition:
[And it will be said], “Indeed, this is for you a reward, and your effort has been appreciated.” (Surah Al Insaan 76: 22)
9. You need to fulfill one condition should you want your effort to be appreciated. That you should be a Muslim, a practicing Muslim. For your good deeds are the proof of your sa’aa in His way.
“But whoever desires the Hereafter and exerts the effort due to it while he is a believer – it is those whose effort is ever appreciated [by Allah].” (Surah Al Israa 17: 19)
So whoever does righteous deeds while he is a believer – no denial will there be for his effort, and indeed We, of it, are recorders.” (Surah Al Ambiyaa 21: 94)
10. The unbelievers are in illusion!
“[They are] those whose effort is lost in worldly life, while they think that they are doing well in work.” (Surah Al Kahf 18: 104)
May Allah give us the Tawfeeq and Hidayah to exert all our effort in this world for the Right Cause, in the Right Way, to please Allah so that when we meet Him in the Hereafter, our efforts of this world bring us His pleasure, His reward and His appreciation. Aameen.
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