It is reported from Sayyidina Abdullah bin Abu Bakr radiAllaahu anhu that Sayyidina Abu Talha Ansari radiAllaahu anhu was saying the prayer in his garden. Meanwhile, a piebald sparrow took to flight and began to take rounds. It was seeking a way out but was not finding one. This amazed Sayyidina Abu Talha radiAllaahu anhu . For a short while, he would cast a look at the bird and then would again engage in his prayer. For this reason he could not remember how may rak’ahs he had said. So he remarked: “This mischief has arisen from my property.” He came to his holiness and said: “O Messenger of Allah! That garden I give in charity. You may spend (i.e. use) it however you like.”
According to other traditions, this garden that proved such a distraction to Sayyidina Abu Talha radiAllaahu anh was in “one of the valleys of Madinah called Wadi Qif. It was the season of dates, and date-palms wearing the collars of their fruits were bending down…and this garden was ultimately sold for fify thousand dirhams.”
So that was a distraction that proved very valuable! MashaAllah. When I get distracted, all I do is resolve to do better the next time around…sad, eh?