Benefits from Trash Digging?!

One evening, my brother and I went to coffee bean, and we saw a man digging in the trash. My brother and I go to coffee bean on a regular basis and this man was also one of the “regulars”. He usually sits outside with his dog and has a cup of coffee. He is also handicapped because he uses a cane and walks with a limp. We could also tell that he isn’t homeless based on the clothes he wears, and his car. Therefore, my brother and I were both thrown off when we saw him digging in the trash.

A few minutes later, the man when up to the register and started talking to the barista. My brother and I were both nosy and tried to hear what he was saying, but all we heard was him repeating the number: 75. The barista gave the man some gloves, and he continued digging in the trash. My brother and just watched as he dug and dug. 

After a couple of minutes, another man (lets call him Bob) was about to order his coffee when he saw the poor man digging in the garbage. Instead of ordering, Bob immediately took out his phone, turned on the light, and held it over the trash can. The poor man was so happy for his assistance, but unfortunately, he still couldn’t find what he was looking for. What happened next, was even more surprising. Bob put his phone back in his pocket, and began digging for him, and within a minute, he found the item that the man was looking for: a huge ring. My brother and I then heard the poor man thank him and told him that the ring was in his family for 75 generations. Bob then smiled, washed his hands and ordered his 

The reason why I am sharing this is because both my brother and I were so touched by how kind Bob was. Rather than just watching, Bob took action and made the man’s day. My brother and I learned a huge lesson this day. Rather than just watching, we learned that we should take action. We both felt embarrassed for just watching and not doing anything about it. We learned to be selfless. 

“And help one another in righteousness and piety, but do not help one another in sin and transgression.” [Quran 5:2]

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