Alhamdillah, my garden is doing amazing. I just ate my first chili pepper from it today. I attribute this to Allah blessing it and giving it the proper conditions to thrive, especially timely and abundant rain. I have watered my garden (which needs to have 3 or 4 watering cans of water hauled more than 100 ft.) only 2 or 3 times since I planted. Shortly after I planted, I made dua and asked Allah to bless this garden and give us success with it, and the results have been amazing. The rain came in timely intervals, and the plants seemed to spring up and bear flowers and fruit overnight.
I was reading a translation of the Quran and came across, “Ask Allah for forgiveness, and He will send you rain in abundance.” Abundance of rain is one of the blessings of Allah and something he gives to the believers, although I’m certainly not saying that He doesn’t give it to others as well or that the believers don’t experience droughts.
I didn’t ask Allah for forgiveness any more than I usually do. Probably I should have. What I did ask for was success with this garden. Some people would only ask for the important things, success in the akhirah and guidance and such things as that. After all, if we take our blessings in this world… I was inspired by something I saw written for children, which encouraged them to ask for everything that they wanted without limit because Allah is the most generous and has no limit. In other words, He can give us more than we can imagine or even ask for. I want success with the garden, why not ask Allah for it? Who else could give it?
I know all too well that the success of this garden is due to Allah. At any time, Allah could send a hail and wipe all of it out. I could be left with nothing, where now my thriving plants are heavy with promise.