Yes, the ground where you place your head might have “greener grass” than someone else’s. But don’t assume it’s because you put in all the necessary work while they didn’t.

Your grass is not greener only because you watered it. It’s greener because Allah planted it, thus giving you something to water in the first place. Then He granted you the knowledge and tools you needed to make that grass grow—which is more a testimony to His greatness than your work.

We wouldn’t have even a patch of dirt to stand on—let alone grass growing from it—if it weren’t for Allah saying “Be” and granting it to us.

So before you share how much you water your grass and someone else didn’t, take a moment to praise and acknowledge the One who can strip it all from you in the blink of an eye, as He did with the arrogant man who owned the beautiful gardens in Surah Al-Kahf (18:32-43).

And be careful, lest in boldly declaring your “tools to success”—whether in amassing wealth or knowledge, or in having a lasting marriage or strong family ties—you become like those whom our Creator warns us about in the Qur’an: “Think not that those who exult in what they have brought about, and love to be praised for what they have not done—never think them [to be] safe from punishment [of Allah]…” (Ali’Imraan, 3:188).

And we seek protection, guidance, and forgiveness wherever we have forgotten our Creator, or ourselves.

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