Between Two Awards

Between Two Awards

A conversation between two good friends for all of us to reflect upon :

“Mariah, with this kind of work that you’re doing, you will never ever get a recognition,” said my friend, Azimah one day.

We have been good friends since our campus days. She is currently holding a relatively high post. Public Relations Manager in one of the private companies in the capital city. Every time she comes over, there is always some issues that become a topic for discussion.

“What recognition? I asked. “
Don’t you notice, in the papers recently…? There are many awards given to successful career women in the field of management and also women entrepreneurs.”

“Ohh…. How many awards are there?” I asked, my little gesture to get into her heart.

“ Quite a number, actually. There is Tan Sri Fatimah Award for Excellent Entrepreneur, Young Manager Award, Maal Hijrah Award and many others for women who are successful in their own careers,” explained Azimah.

“Err …. Imah, I guess you have an ambition to be nominated for the Excellent Manager Award? I feel err…it should be ok…”said I jokingly.

“Insya Allah…. Eh, I’m serious here…! There are many benefits we can receive from this award. We will feel more encouraged to improve our work performance, the award as the motivational factor.
Only then people will acknowledge and realize our capabilities, as women. Mar, this is our time,….our involvement is much needed.  So, we must demonstrate that we are able to compete with men,” clarified Azimah in high spirits.

“ That is good, if there are good things and benefits which can be shared with the society,” I commented on her explanations.
She frowned showing wrinkles on her forehead.  “ Mar, what is your actual stand on this? Looks as if you don’t seem to agree….”she said with some doubts.

“I did not say that I disagree… Just that I feel it is good if we try to see it from a different perspective,” I added.

“Which perspective do you mean? Please be clear about it” requested azimah partially insistent. She seemed eager to know more.

“The awards presented are indeed very good as an encouragement. But, there is another award… It’s benefits are more awesome, more sophisticated. No one will feel envious and spiteful to the person awarded.  And this award is open to all… There is no need for high degrees, no need for high posts and ranks. The only sad thing is there is no trophy, no monetary gifts either. Letter of recognition is also not given. That may be the reason why many people are not interested to grab it.”

Azimah’s face is still curious, she seems unclear. Seeing her still in silence, I continued on. “ There are people who have been presented with this award, but there are not many of them. Because the criteria to achieve it is quite difficult and hard. Befitting the award, truly special…”

“ Just tell me what is it, no need for you to drag on,” said her spontaneously.

“ This award is not a human recognition instead it is an honor and recognition from Allah to the people with taqwa.”  I kept quiet to see her reaction.“Mmm….”Azimah seemed to be able to figure out. I continued along.

“The title, Award for Righteous Woman, the reward is Heaven which is full of pleasures beyond any comparison, compared to what are available in this world.  When Heaven is mentioned, every one wish for it. Right?” I asked. Azimah nodded softly.

“ Anyone can fight for this righteous woman award. It doesn’t matter if she is a cook, a writer, an executive, a director or just anyone, all will get the same opportunity. God’s Fairness, He doesn’t need to look at the positions in this world for Him to present His award. Whoever is capable of making anything in this world to receive His pleasure, she is eligible…”

Azimah continued to nod gently.“ O yes…but…er.. never mind…, I have to hurry, I will call you again later yea!” she said abruptly. Then she got up and put out her hands to shake my hand (salaam). I could not make out what was in her mind.

I pray so that her decision will be clearer with regards to which award that she should consider.  The best will be, to do good deeds not because of fear of Hell, not because of the wish for Heaven, but because of the responsibility and our submission as a servant towards God.


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