Allah’s (swt) expectations

“And I (Allah) created not the Jinn and humankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).” (Adh-Dhariyat 51:56)

Allah (swt) owns His creation – we are His slaves. Out of His love and fear of His anger, we attempt to please Him by obeying Him in every sphere of life. This unconditional and committed obedience is what Allah (swt) demands of us.

Do children have expectations too?

A child draws a picture and brings it to his mother. As he places it in her lap, he looks up with expectant eyes. His mother responds enthusiastically: “Wow! That’s great! You are a Picasso in the making. Daddy will be so proud of you.” The child receives a generous hug from his mother. As the kid walks off, he tosses the picture away. Why?

It might come as a surprise to many adults that children have high expectations of themselves. They tend to ponder over their performance. How well have they done? What could have they done differently? Whom have they disappointed or pleased? Is the feedback being offered to them fair?

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