The Power of small and little deeds

The opportunity to make a better future is in the small steps we take hour by hour and day by day.

A Muslim man praying

Human beings have the tendency to think that the small actions we do on a daily basis are irrelevant and that only big decisions have the power to affect the course of our lives. This view is mistaken. Small actions are our lives and they create our future because life builds on a moment-by-moment basis.

The Qur’an tells us that “whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it, and whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it,” (99:7-8). This is very powerful because, at any given moment, what we do next is just a small step and therefore easy for us to control.

In The Qur’an and the Life of Excellence, Dr. Sultan Abdulhameed explains that “many times people are overwhelmed thinking that something big has to happen to turn their life around. These ayaat (verses) remind us of the power of taking small steps.

Make a list of the many things you can do today. Decide on one item that is good for you and that you know you can do. Then do it. However weak or off-track a person may be, he or she is usually strong enough to take one step in the right direction. The next day will offer this opportunity again. Everything we say or do makes a difference, and it accumulates. The opportunity to make a better future is in the small steps we take hour by hour and day by day.

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