Friday, April 28, 2006

A Vacuum and Allah's Qadar

Assalm alykom:

When you homeschool, finding a tool that will help you with your house work can be essential. This is especially true if you have multiple children, with some being toddlers. When you homeschool everyone is home with you alllllllllllll day long! Therefore, they are eating and making messes as they go. You can try to keep after them, but you really cannot be in two or even three places at one time. I was struggling and wasting time sweeping my hard floors with a broom several times a day. At the end of the day, it would take me almost 45 mins. just to vacuum all the messes on the carpet. After this struggle, I decided to buy a small cordless upright stick vacuum. I first bought a medium priced model. I was excited with it for about the first two weeks. I was sweeping up crumbs and what not 3 times a day with ease and quickness. Then, the motor quit on it. I began to panic because this became such a much needed item in my house. I immediately returned it and got the same model once again. I am happy once again with my new found treasure. Then, after a week the motor quits again. I return it and decide this store does not have a better one. I go to another store and decide to buy a much more expensive model. This one is still cordless but it has a detachable hand-vac. I take it home and I am very excited to try it out. Well, I was very happy once again. This one is even better than the first one. I plug along with this new luxury vacuum for about 2 weeks. Then "it" happened again. The motor started to fade. I was really beginning to wonder if a vacuum was really met to be for me. I took it back again and exchanged it for the same model. I liked it so much, and I thought I would give it another try. Well, after I took it out of the box, I made two swipes across the floor and the wheel fell off. I tried snapping it back on, but it would not work. It was an obvious factory defect. I took it back and decided to get yet another model. This was like a stick vac but with no detachable hand-vac. It was also a deluxe model because I did not want the cheap stuff that would fall apart. Eventhough, up until now the expensive stuff was doing just that. I arrive home with less enthusiasm because I was growing tired of the trips back and forth to the store. I start to assemble the handle and realize I cannot not even put it together properly. The reason being is due to another factory error. The handle was made backwards. I was so disappointed. My husband offered to save me a trip and returned yet another vacuum. When he arrived home he had the economical version of the same one he returned. Well, needless to say almost a week later, it is truly a blessing. Finally, after two months and six vacuums I am truly happy with the vacuum that Allah blessed me with.
The lesson that I learned from this is no matter what we try to do to make the outcome of what we want, Allah's Qadar will prevail. He is the Decider and the Planner of everything. I know that I tried everything to get the right vacuum. I tried different brands, different stores, and different priced vacuums. The result was all the same. The vacuum that was the best for me did not come until Allah willed it for me. I also know that what is willed for me is the best. Eventhough, it may not feel that way to me. In the case of my vacuum. I ended up with the best vacuum at the best price. I just had to keep my patience to achieve that in the end. May Allah make for all the Muslim what is best for them! AMEEN


Sister Zabrina said...


As Salaamu 'alaykum sis,

Cute story! I am truly a believer in seeing good in everything that happen to me. Therefore, i can identify with your story. It is sooo much easier to 'handle' life when we know everything that happen is according to Allaah's will. Less stress, less anger, more peace! Take care sis. Salaam

Sis Zabrina

banu said...

assalamu alaikum Ummnour,
Alhamduillah...I realy did enjoy this story masha Allah. Actually I always look forward to read your true stories . You were right Allah(SWT) does not give us what we want but what we truly need. Patience is very important. I admired your patience. May Allah(SWT) bless you insha Allah.
ma salaama

Danna said...

That was certainly an inspirational story. I find that when things are not going as "I" planned them, if I only wait for a bit then I get the results of what Allah planned for me. It ALWAYS ends up to be the perfect way. Blessings to you and your new vac! :D

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Anonymous said...

Assalamou aleikoum wa rahmatoullah wa barakatou

I never thought of having this small handvacuum.
What a great idea. Will tell you Inshallah if that has solved my mess problems (with two toddlers who are very messy eaters)