"Fadhilah, we need to understand that the results are not in our control at all," said the Imam as we cruised down the highway, "We just do our best, and we let Him decide the outcomes for us. Perhaps out of the 20 people you deliver this message to, Allah swt softened the heart of only 1 person to really understand and be inspired to embrace the message. Does that mean you’ve failed? What if that 1 person that Allah swt softened was all that was needed to open many more doors of opportunities for you?"
"I don’t quite get it, Imam."
"Several years ago, Schuitema was really affected by the financial crisis. Shaykh and I were already discussing about shutting down the company because we couldn’t keep up with the costs. But Shaykh continued his work; he persevered and did the best he could. Then one day, Allah swt sent just 1 person to his lecture, a well-connected CEO, who was so deeply moved by Shaykh’s message that he invested in the company, became a Managing Partner, and started work in rebuilding the company again even though he didn’t even need the money. Did Shaykh plan this? No. Did he even expect this? No! He just did the best he possibly could and left the results to Allah swt.
That’s what you should do too.”