He Who Offers to Clean Our Bathroom

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. ~ William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues


Masood and I got into the elevator, and pushed the “G” button. Three floors later, a 30-something man joined us, and gave us a weak smile. He looked so tired, worn out, and emotionally exhausted.

Sir, do you live in this building?” He asked, breaking the silence.

When Masood answered “yes“, he asked again, “Do you want to have your bathroom cleaned?


Just tell me, sir. I’ll do it.” The elevator door opened, and he left with a smile.

That man wasn’t a stranger to us, or perhaps even to the other people living in this building. During the day, he works as a deliveryman for a nearby supermarket. He rides a bicycle, with a yellow plastic basket tied at the back. Regardless of the weather, or time of the day, he delivers the goods on time.

At night, we often see him with a bucket of water and a sponge, cleaning someone’s car, or cars. People have to go to their offices early in the morning, so he makes sure their cars are clean even before they wake up.

Perhaps, he still has some ‘extra’ time in his hands, which he doesn’t want to waste.

And so he offers to clean our bathroom.

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14 Responses to He Who Offers to Clean Our Bathroom

  1. masood says:

    Some people are really struggling to provide a better life for their folks back home, and others don’t realize how easy their lives are, without making so much struggle and hard work.

    We should always thank Almighty Allah for his blessings.

  2. Umm Travis says:

    ma shaa Allah 🙂

    i used to be so amazed, living in the middle east, about the things people did for work and to earn money. in my country, people generally think they are above all that. if they couldnt find a “real” job they will just go on welfare.

    i truly repsect people who work their butt off and do it in an excellent way 😉 Allah help them to a better life, ameen

  3. Haleem says:

    This article is a good reminder to be thankful to Allah for one’s blessings.

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  5. Mary says:

    Thank you for putting things in perspective for me! Here I was lamenting the fact that I have to clean my own bathroom today.

  6. UTP says:

    sigh…everybody is living their own hardships…

  7. Ordinary girl says:

    But the thing that hurts the worst is that people back home just don’t realise how hard they are working to provide money for their every whim! 😦

    I have seen this happening so many times in my own family. “Hey, uncle, I need a new mobile.” … “hey, bhai, can you send a new laptop?”…”beta, we are adding two new rooms to the house, would need around 3 Lacs rupees. Do send them ASAP!” and I want to scream, “the guy is a human for God’s sake!”

  8. Nisa says:

    Mashallah, hats off to such ppl who have no qualms to slot to earn halal money, however little it is. He has reminded us to be thankful for our comfortable life and I’m sure his rewards are awaiting him.

  9. nadia says:

    Masood ~ Yes, Jaan, we are indeed so much blessed, Alhumdulillah.

    Umm Travis ~ Indeed, they are worth respecting, for regardless of the hardships involved, they still chose to earn halal income.

    Haleem ~ I do believe that these are sort of wake-up calls from Allah to reflect on our lives and all the blessings, and to be grateful to Him.

    Mary ~ You’re welcome! I was also cleaning my bathroom, which in turn inspired me to write this post 🙂 When you really think of it, there are certainly no menial jobs.

    UTP ~ Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Ordinary girl ~ It’s very common back home, isn’t it? So sad indeed. But people think that the person who is working abroad is living in luxury. It’s also because people who are struggling abroad usually do not tell their families back home how tough life is for them.

    Nisa ~ Rewards are certainly there. Sabr ka phal meetha hota hai, as they say 🙂

  10. Yazi says:

    Thanks for such an inspiring post

    People are working so hard to provide living, make ends meet and get by. People fortunate like us should do whatever we can to assist and pull these people up! There are a lot of ways we can contribute; providing jobs, advice, counseling, educating. sponsorships etc.

    May Allah help us all in testing times, Ameen!

    good day!

  11. nadia says:

    You’re welcome, Yazi. You’re right, we should try and do whatever we can to help these people.

    Summa Ameen!

  12. Amir says:

    Mashallah. He works to makes ends meet with humility and humbleness. May Allah reward him for his efforts, and lessen his burden.

  13. Yes i’ve heard of that one before. My uncle is also from Pakistan and tho he is doing well in carpet sales, his expenses for his own family in Singapore is a lot too. and back in Pak, his bro said they want to buy a new car. OMG! Go work for it on your own lah, i tot!

    What Nadia said is very true. They DONT tell family back in Pak how they (read; my husband) are suffering living in foreign countries, missing their local dishes and stuffs.

    Anyways, That man is certainly not a local Arab right? BTW the actual conversation took place in English / Arabic or… kya?

  14. nadia says:

    This particular man was Indian, and the conversation took place in Hindi/Urdu.

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