A man woke up early in order to ffer his Fajr Salaah.. He got dressed, set on his way to Allah's house.
On his way to the MASJID, the man fell and his clothes got dirty.. He got up, brushed himself up, and headed home.
At home, he changed his clothes, and was, again, on his way to the MASJID.
On his way to the MASJID, he fell again at the same spot! He, again, got up, brushed himself off and headed home.
At home he, once again, changed his clothes and was on his way to Allah's house.
On his way to the MASJID, he met a man holding a lamp. He asked the man of his identity and the man replied 'I saw you fall twice on your way to the MASJID, so I brought a lamp so I can light your way.
The first man thanked him profusely and the two went on their way to the MASJID.
Once at the MASJID, the first man asked the man with the lamp to come in and offer SALAAH with him.
The second man refused.
The first man asked him a couple more times and, again, the answer was the same.
The first man asked him why he did not wish to come in and pray.
The man replied, 'I am Shaytaan'. The man was shocked at this reply. Shaytaan went on to explain, 'I saw you on your way to the MASJID and it was I who made you fall. When you went home, cleaned yourself and went back on your way to the MASJID, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala forgave all of your sins.
I made you fall a second time, and even that did not encourage you to stay home, but rather, you went back on your way to MASJID. Because of that, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala forgave all the sins of the people of your household.
I was afraid if I made you fall one more time, then Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala will forgive the sins of the whole nation (world) so I made sure that you reached the MASJID safely.'
Do not put off the good you intended to do as you never know how much reward you might receive from the hardships you encounter while trying to achieve that good.
For your righteousness can save your family and nation at large.