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Sunday, June 10, 2007


I was asked to collect a watch for my sister. She sent it for repair at Vivocity in Singapore.
"How much was it? $30? $50?" I asked
"No, $70", she replied.
"Wah! Quite a lot just for a change of the belt", I thought.
At Vivo, the lady at the shop told me that she was trying to contact my sister by phone, but in vain. (We realised later that she got the number wrong!) Then she told me that they didn't repair the watch, but replaced one for her - brand new!
"How much would that cost?" I quipped, apprehensive that it will now really cost a bomb!
"It's free!" she replied.
Well that is certainly a pleasant surprise! This is really a rare occurence these days.
God is very kind to my sister, as a property agent, she has been getting many referrals from happy customers. Once, she was given an extra $5,000 from the customer for her good work.
Good things do happen to people who are helpful and giving. My sister is one who always help friends and run errands for others without expectations of return. It is said in spiritual scriptures that what we give without expectations of return, we get it back manifold.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus emphasizes lending without concern for a return - or even repayment:
If ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest, for he is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil. (
Luke 6:35)

The Quran says:
The usury that is practiced to increase some people's wealth, does not gain anything at God. But if people give to charity, seeking God's pleasure, these are the ones who receive their reward many fold. (Ar-Rum 30:39)
This is so true! It is one thing reading it from a holy book and another witnessing the results first hand, especially of someone from my own family.
Past Post: Usury

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