The other night I had some old stale bread left over. Although we dont get very many birds in our backyard this time of the year, I didnt want to waste any food so I crumbled it up into tiny pieces and threw it in the back yard for the birds without paying much attention to it. And I would have forgotten all about it if I hadnt heard the loud cawing of a crow the next morning, right after sunrise.
It was so loud and persistent that I simply had to look out the window, wondering what all the commotion was about, having forgotten all about the bread crumbs from the night before.
And there it was…. a crow so excited, so delighted, quickly pecking at the bread crumbs while also eagerly calling his friends to join him in his recently discovered, grand breadcrumb feast!
And sure enough, within seconds, at least 10, 15 more crows had joined him and were swiftly pecking at the crumbs with their tiny beaks.
I watched in amazement, entranced, at this fascinating sight and within minutes, all the breadcrumbs were gone, wiped clean as if they never existed. SubhanALLAH!
These crows had absolutely no idea that these crumbs were in my backyard the night before. Yet only a few hours later they were there, pecking at them until they had their fill and then they were all gone.
Who fed them? Who told them where to go for their rizq? Who told them that my backyard had food waiting for them?
It’s only Allaah Subhaanahu wa Taala, Ar-Razzaq, the One Who provides for the crows and for me and you.
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “If only you relied on Allah a true reliance, He would provide sustenance for you just as He does the birds: They fly out in the morning empty and return in the afternoon with full stomachs.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, others)