Bism Illah wa assalaamu alaykum wa RahmatUllahi wa Barakatuh.
Yes, you read it rightly; Mai is now telling you to be greedy and selfish, LOL!
"... but His plan is to test you in what He has given you; so strive as in a race in good deeds..." [Quran 5:48]
When someone enters a room I am in, and they don't give the salaams, I
give the salaams. True, it is a reminder that the salaams should be
given, but I'm also being greedy for the reward of spreading the
salaams. I'm greedy for the reward of making du'a for others; greedy for
chances to be the first to help; greedy to bring a smile
to someone's face. Tell me, who doesn't love making others happy or
helping them in some way? It is human nature, and it feels wonderful
Recently, a beloved sister asked me for
some help; it wasn't even for her, but for a dear sister of hers
maashaa Allah. She then apologized for asking too much of me. I told her
not to be sorry for giving me a chance for the Pleasure and Reward of
Allah; it is a blessing! The sister told me I'm sweet, maashaa Allah,
but I had to correct her. I am not sweet; I am selfish. I want to feel
the joy and happiness in helping others and pleasing Allah. When I
respond to her requests, I am pleasing myself!
So please, be as greedy and selfish as possible: greedy
for rewards and opportunities for rewards; selfish in wanting to feel
good by doing good to others. It is greed and selfishness for your
happiness in both this worldly life and the aakhirah!