In need of a quick dose of inspiration? Look no further! Our collection of 10 Lines inspirational short stories with morals is just what you need to get motivated and uplifted. These stories are perfect for everyone and are presented in easy-to-digest short formats. Whether you’re looking to boost your morale or simply enjoy a good story, these tales are sure to leave you feeling motivated and inspired. So sit back, relax, and dive into our collection of short stories with morals.
DON’T CHANGE THE WORLD
Today I want to share a story about a king who ruled over a prosperous country. One day, he went on a long trip and when he returned to his palace, he complained that his feet were very painful. The road he had traveled was very rough and stony, and it was the first time he had gone on such a long journey.
The king then ordered his people to cover every road in the entire country with leather so that his feet wouldn’t hurt again. But this would require thousands of cows’ skin and cost a huge amount of money.
One of the king’s wise servants then spoke up and suggested that the king should just cut a little piece of leather to cover his own feet instead of spending a large amount of money on covering all the roads in the country.
The king was surprised, but he later agreed to the suggestion and made a “shoe” for himself.
This story teaches us a valuable lesson about life. Instead of trying to change the world around us to make it a happier place, we should change ourselves – our hearts. When we change our hearts, we will see the world in a different light and find happiness within ourselves. So let’s focus on changing ourselves for the better and making the world a happier place one step at a time.
THE TRAVELERS AND THE PLANE TREE
Once upon a time, there were two men who were walking on a hot summer day. They became tired and saw a big plane tree nearby, so they decided to rest in its shade. As they lay down, one of them complained that the tree was useless because it did not bear any fruit or nuts, and they could not even use its wood for anything.
The tree heard the man’s complaints and responded, “Don’t be ungrateful! I am actually being very useful to you right now by protecting you from the hot sun. How can you call me worthless?”
This story teaches us an important lesson that all of Allah’s creations have a purpose and we should not take them for granted. It is important to appreciate and be grateful for the blessings that Allah has given us, even if they may not seem significant at first.
Islam teaches us to be grateful and to show gratitude for Allah’s blessings, no matter how big or small they may be.
LEARN FROM MISTAKES
Once there was a shepherd boy who had to look after a flock of
sheep . one day he felt bored. To have some fun, he cried out, “Wolf! Wolf! Help me!” The villagers heard his cries and rushed to help him. When they arrived, they found that the boy was just playing a trick on them. They were not happy with him and warned him not to do it again.
But the boy didn’t listen. A few days later, he cried out “Wolf! Wolf!” again. The villagers rushed to his aid, but once again, they found that the boy had tricked them.
Then, one day, a real wolf came and attacked the flock of sheep. The boy cried out for help, but the villagers thought it was just another trick and didn’t come to help. Eventually, the wolf killed many sheep and ran away.
After this incident, the boy realized his mistake and went to the villagers to confess his lies. However, they didn’t believe him, and he lost all their trust.
The lesson we can learn from this story is that if we lie too often, no one will believe us even when we are telling the truth.
THE BOY WHO CRIED ‘WOLF’
Once there was a shepherd boy who was tasked to watch over a flock of sheep. One day, he got bored and decided to play a trick on the villagers. He shouted, “Help! Wolf! Wolf!” The villagers heard his cries and rushed to help, but they soon realized that it was just a trick. The boy laughed and thought it was funny.
A few days later, the boy played the same trick again. He cried for help, and the villagers rushed to his aid, only to find out that he was joking again. The villagers were upset and scolded the boy for being naughty.
Then, one day, a wolf actually attacked the flock of sheep. The boy ran to the villagers, shouting for help, but the villagers didn’t believe him because he had lied before. They thought he was playing another trick. Sadly, the wolf killed many sheep, and the boy learned a valuable lesson. He realized that because he had lied before, the villagers didn’t believe him when he told the truth.
The moral of the story is that if you often tell lies, people won’t believe you even when you’re telling the truth. It’s important to be honest and truthful all the time so that people will trust you when it really matters.
THE FARMER AND THE STORK
Once a farmer had a problem with cranes damaging his newly sown corn. So, he set a trap one night to catch those birds. The next morning, he found some cranes and a stork caught in his trap.
The stork pleaded with the farmer, “Please release me. I am innocent and have not harmed your crops. As you can see, I am a respectful and obedient bird who honors my parents.”
But the farmer didn’t listen and said, “I understand your point, but I caught you with the company that was destroying my crops. So, you have to face the consequences along with them.”
This story teaches us that we are often judged based on the company we keep. Even if we are innocent, being with the wrong crowd can lead to negative consequences.
A farmer who found that cranes were damaging his newly sown corn, set a net in his field one evening to catch the birds. The next morning, when he checked the net, he found some cranes and a stork caught in it.
The stork pleaded with the farmer, “Please release me. I have not eaten your corn or caused you any harm. I am a poor, innocent stork.
As you can see, I am a dutiful bird who respects my parents.” However, the farmer was not moved and replied, “All that may be true, but you were caught with those who were destroying my crops, and you must suffer with the company you keep.”
This story teaches us that we are judged by the company we keep.
THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE
Once, a tortoise encountered a hare who mocked her for being slow. The tortoise, feeling insulted, proposed a race to the hare to determine who was faster. The hare agreed to the race and confidently took off, leaving the tortoise far behind.
However, after some time, the hare grew overconfident and decided to take a nap, thinking he could still win the race. Meanwhile, the tortoise continued on her slow and steady pace, eventually passing the sleeping hare.
By the time the hare woke up and resumed the race, the tortoise was already close to the finish line. Despite his best efforts, the hare could not catch up with the tortoise and lost the race.
The moral of the story is that slow and steady progress can lead to success, and overconfidence can lead to failure.
THE ANT AND THE DOVE
One hot day, an ant was out looking for water. After searching for a while, she finally found a spring. The only way to get to the water was by climbing a blade of grass. Unfortunately, while climbing up the grass, the ant slipped and fell into the water. She was struggling to keep afloat when a kind-hearted dove saw her from the nearby tree.
The dove knew the ant was in trouble and quickly plucked off a nearby leaf and dropped it into the water close to the ant. The ant saw the leaf and climbed on top of it. The leaf carried her safely to dry ground.
Suddenly, they heard a loud noise, and they saw a hunter throwing his net towards the dove, trying to trap it. The ant quickly realized what was happening and bit the hunter on his heel. The hunter felt a sharp pain and dropped his net, giving the dove a chance to fly away safely.
This story teaches us that we should always be willing to help others, even if they are small or seem unimportant. You never know when someone might return the favor when you need help.
THE MONKEY AND THE DOLPHIN
Let me tell you a story about some sailors and their pet monkey. One day, they set out to sea in their sailing ship. While they were far out at sea, a terrible storm hit, and their ship overturned. Everyone fell into the sea, including the monkey who was sure that he would drown.
But then, out of nowhere, a dolphin appeared and picked up the monkey. They soon reached an island, and the monkey came down from the dolphin’s back. The dolphin asked the monkey if he knew the place, and the monkey boasted that he did. He even said that the king of the island was his best friend and that he was actually a prince!
The dolphin was impressed and said, “Well, well, so you are a prince! Now you can be a king!” But the dolphin didn’t know that no one lived on the island. As he started swimming away, he told the monkey that he would naturally be the king since he was the only creature on the island.
The monkey was thrilled at the prospect of being a king, but he soon realized that being alone on an island wasn’t as great as it seemed. He had no food, no water, and no company. He was stranded and in trouble.
So you see, boasting and lying may sound good in the moment, but it can lead to trouble in the end. It’s always best to be honest and humble, and to appreciate what we have instead of wanting more.
THE FOX AND THE STORK
A selfish fox once invited a stork to dinner at his home in a hollow tree. That evening, the stork flew
to the fox’s home and knocked on the door with her long beak. The fox opened the door and said,
“Please come in and share my food.”
The stork was invited to sit down at the table. She was very hungry and the food smelled delicious!
The fox served soup in shallow bowls and he licked up all his soup very quickly.
However, the stork could not have any of it as the bowl was too shallow for her long beak. The poor stork just smiled politely and stayed hungry.
The selfish fox asked, “Stork, why haven’t you taken your soup? Don’t you like it?”
The stork replied, “It was very kind of you to invite me for dinner.
Tomorrow evening, please join me for dinner at my home.”
The next day, when the fox arrived at the stork’s home, he
saw that they were also having soup for dinner. This time
the soup was served in tall jugs. The stork drank the soup
easily but the fox could not reach inside the tall jug. This
time it was his turn to go hungry.
A selfish act can backfire on you.
THE WOLF AND THE LAMB
Once upon a time, there was a little lamb who was grazing with her flock of sheep. While she was wandering at the edge of the field, she found some sweet grass that she couldn’t resist. As she kept munching on the grass, she went further away from the flock without noticing a wolf lurking nearby.
Suddenly, the wolf pounced on her and was about to eat her. But the quick-thinking lamb pleaded, “Please wait, Mr. Wolf! My stomach is full of grass, so if you wait, I will taste much better.” The wolf thought that was a reasonable idea, so he sat down and waited.
After a while, the lamb had another idea. “If you let me dance,” she said, “the grass in my stomach will be digested faster, and I will taste even better.” The wolf agreed, and the lamb began to dance.
While she was dancing, she had yet another idea. “If you take the bell from around my neck and ring it as hard as you can,” she said, “I will be able to dance even faster.” The wolf thought it was a great idea and took the bell.
As the wolf rang the bell, the sound caught the attention of the shepherd who heard it and quickly sent his dogs to investigate. The barking dogs scared the wolf away, and the lamb was saved.
The moral of the story is that even though the lamb was gentle and weak, she outsmarted the fierce and strong wolf. So, it’s not always about being physically strong; being clever can be just as powerful.
THE FOX AND THE GRAPES
Once upon a time, a fox was strolling through a vineyard on a sunny day. As he walked closer, he spotted some delicious-looking grapes. The fox made sure that no hunters were around and decided to help himself to the grapes.
However, the grapes were too high for him to reach. He tried jumping up and down, but it was no use. The grapes were just out of his reach. He backed off, took a few running steps, and tried to leap high into the air to grab them. But he failed again.
As it got darker and his legs grew tired, the fox became angry and frustrated. Eventually, he gave up and started to walk away. To make himself feel better, he muttered, “Those grapes probably aren’t even ripe. I don’t really want them anyway.”
This story teaches us that sometimes when we cannot achieve our goals, we pretend that they are not important to us to make ourselves feel better.
THE THIRSTY CROW
Let me tell you a story about a thirsty crow. It was a hot day and the poor crow had been flying around for a long time searching for water. Finally, she saw a water jug below her, but there was a problem. The neck of the jug was too narrow for the crow to reach the water inside, and the jug was too heavy to tip over. The crow felt helpless and almost gave up hope.
But the crow didn’t give up. She started to think hard about how to solve her problem. Looking around, she noticed some pebbles on the ground. Then, she had an idea. She began to pick up the pebbles one by one and drop them into the jug. As more and more pebbles filled the jug, the water level started to rise. After a while, the water level became high enough for the crow to drink.
The crow had found a clever solution to her problem by using her intelligence and perseverance. So, what can we learn from this story? We should never give up, even when things seem impossible. Instead, we should think creatively and work hard to find a solution to our problems. With enough determination and effort, we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way.
Top of Form
Bottom of Form
Once upon a time, there was a milkmaid who was carrying a jug of milk to the market to sell. As she walked, she began to daydream about all the things she would do with the money she earned from selling the milk.
She imagined buying chickens, goats, and even another cow. She was so lost in her thoughts that she started to skip and jump with joy. But suddenly, she tripped and fell, and the jug of milk broke, spilling all the milk on the ground.
The milkmaid was devastated and started to cry.
The moral of the story is to not count your chickens before they are hatched, which means you shouldn’t plan for something good to happen before it actually happens.
PARABLE OF THE PENCIL
The Pencil Maker gave some advice to a pencil before putting it into a box. He told the pencil to remember five important things so that it could become the best pencil possible. The first was to let itself be held in someone’s hand to do great things.
The second was that it would face painful experiences, but these experiences were necessary to make it a better pencil. The third was that it could correct its mistakes. Fourth, the most important part of the pencil was what was inside. And fifth, it had to leave its mark on every surface it was used on, no matter the condition.
The pencil understood and promised to remember. This advice can also be applied to humans. We should allow ourselves to be held in God’s hand and allow others to access our gifts. We will face challenges, but they will make us stronger. We can correct our mistakes and should focus on our inner qualities. And we should leave our mark on every situation we encounter.
We are all special and have a purpose to fulfill, so we should not get discouraged and think that our lives are insignificant.
THE BOY AND THE APPLE TREE
Once there was a huge apple tree that a little boy loved to play around with every day. He would climb up to the treetop, eat apples, and take naps under its shade. Time passed and the little boy grew up and stopped playing around the tree. One day, the boy returned to the tree and looked sad.
The tree asked him to play, but the boy declined, saying he wanted toys and money. The tree suggested the boy pick its apples and sell them for money.
The boy did so and left happily, never to return again. Later, the boy came back as a man, asking the tree for branches to build a house, and later, a trunk to build a boat. Each time, the man left happily and never returned. Finally, the man returned many years later, and the tree had nothing left to give but its dying roots. The man sat on the roots to rest, and the tree was glad.
The story is a reflection on how we take our parents for granted and only turn to them when we need something, neglecting to appreciate all that they have done for us.
Once there was a child who was about to be born. The child was worried about how they would survive on Earth, being so small and helpless. So, they asked God how they would be able to manage. God told the child that an angel had been chosen to take care of them on Earth. The child asked if they would still be happy on Earth, since in Heaven they only sang and smiled. God reassured the child that their angel would sing to them every day and make them feel loved.
The child then asked how they would understand people who spoke a different language, and God explained that their angel would teach them how to speak and communicate. When the child expressed concern about the dangers of the world, God told them that their angel would protect and defend them.
Finally, the child worried about being away from God and not knowing how to pray. God assured the child that their angel would teach them how to pray and always keep them connected to Him. As the child prepared to leave for Earth, they asked God the name of their angel. God simply replied that the angel’s name was not important; they would call her “Mother”.
This story illustrates the love and care that mothers provide, and how they are like angels sent by God to guide and protect their children.
THE DEVOTED MOTHER
Once upon a time, a mother duck and her little ducklings were joyfully making their way to the lake. Suddenly, the mother duck spotted a fox in the distance and became frightened. She urgently told her ducklings to hurry to the lake while she tried to figure out what to do. Thinking quickly, she started pacing back and forth dragging one wing on the ground to make it appear as though she was injured and unable to fly. The fox, seeing this, assumed that the mother duck was an easy target and ran towards her, eager to catch and eat her.
The mother duck ran, leading the fox away from the lake, and the fox followed her. This gave her ducklings enough time to reach the safety of the lake. The mother duck then spread her wings and flew up into the air, landing in the middle of the lake where her ducklings had swum to her. The fox, frustrated that he could not reach them, stared in disbelief. The mother duck had successfully protected her young from harm.
The story teaches children that some birds, like the mother duck, drag one of their wings on the ground when an enemy is approaching to trick the predator into thinking they are injured, giving their young a chance to escape.
Several years ago, in the Seattle Special Olympics, there were nine contestants who were either physically or mentally challenged. They all gathered at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. When the gun went off, they began to run the race with enthusiasm and the desire to finish first. However, one little boy stumbled on the asphalt, fell down a couple of times, and began to cry. The other eight runners heard the boy’s cries, and they all slowed down and looked back. Then, they turned around and ran back towards the boy, despite being so close to the finish line.
One of the girls, who had Down’s syndrome, bent down, kissed him, and said, “This will make it better.” Then, all nine contestants linked their arms together and walked together to the finish line. The crowd in the stadium stood up and cheered for several minutes. Those who were there are still telling the story because it has taught them an important lesson.
It has taught them that what truly matters in this life is not just winning for ourselves, but helping others win as well, even if it means slowing down and changing our own course.
PAID IN FULL
A little boy hands his mother a paper with a list of chores he has done and the amount of money he is owed for each one. His mother recalls all the things she has done for him since he was born, including carrying him for nine months, staying up with him at night, and worrying about him. She realizes that her love for him is priceless and cannot be measured in dollars. She writes “No Charge” for each item on his list and tells him that the cost of her love is “No Charge.” The boy is moved to tears and writes “PAID IN FULL” to show his appreciation for his mother’s love.
The story emphasizes the idea that a mother’s love is unconditional and cannot be measured by material things.
This is a story about a young man who was about to graduate from college and had been admiring a sports car in a dealer’s showroom for months. He told his father that the car was all he wanted, and knowing his father could afford it, he expected to receive it as a graduation gift. Instead, on graduation day, his father gave him a beautiful leather-bound Holy Qur’an as a gift.
The young man was angry and disappointed, and he stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book behind. He never contacted his father again until many years later when he received a telegram informing him of his father’s death and that he had inherited all his possessions.
When he returned home, he found the still new Holy Qur’an and, as he read it, a car key fell out, revealing that the sports car he had desired was paid in full and waiting for him at the dealership.
The story highlights how often we miss blessings in our lives because they do not come in the package we expect them to.
WHAT IS A FAMILY?
A tired and irritable man returns home from work to find his 5-year-old son waiting for him. The boy asks his father how much he earns per hour, to which the man responds with anger. The boy then requests a loan of $10 from his father, who becomes even angrier, thinking his son wants to buy a toy. He tells him to go to bed and think about his selfish behavior. After some time, the man realizes that his son may have needed the money for something important and goes to apologize. The boy tells his father that he has saved up $20 and wants to buy an hour of his father’s time to have dinner with him.
The story teaches the importance of spending quality time with loved ones, rather than focusing solely on work.
Once, a father took his son on a trip to a poor family’s farm to show him how the less fortunate lived. After their trip, the father asked his son what he learned, expecting him to say that they were lucky to be wealthy. But instead, the son pointed out that the poor family had four dogs compared to their one, a creek that never ended, stars at night instead of imported lanterns, a horizon instead of a patio, and vast fields beyond their sight.
The son continued by saying that while they had servants, the poor family served others, they bought their food while the poor family grew theirs, and they had walls to protect them while the poor family had friends to protect them. With this realization, the father was speechless and the son thanked him for showing him how poor they actually were.
The story teaches us that we should not always judge people’s wealth by material possessions. It’s essential to appreciate what we have and be grateful for it. Also, we should try to look beyond material wealth and recognize the value of relationships and experiences in our lives.
A HOLE IN THE FENCE
Once upon a time, there was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him to hammer a nail into the fence every time he lost his temper.
On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into the fence. But over time, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails he hammered each day decreased. He realized that it was easier to keep his temper than to hammer those nails into the fence.
One day, the boy was able to hold his temper all day. He proudly told his father, who suggested that he could now remove one nail for each day that he didn’t lose his temper.
Finally, the day came when the boy was able to pull out the last nail from the fence. He happily told his father, but the father took him to the fence and pointed out all the holes left by the nails.
The father explained to his son that just like the fence, people can be hurt by words spoken in anger. These words leave scars that cannot be easily erased, even with an apology. Friends and loved ones are precious, and we should always be careful with our words to keep our relationships healthy and strong.
So remember, little ones, to be mindful of your words and actions, and cherish your relationships with kindness and love.
Once upon a time, there was an old man who was very frail. He went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and he walked with faltering steps. When the family ate together at the table, the grandfather struggled to eat because of his shaky hands and failing sight. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor, and when he grasped his glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
The son and daughter-in-law became annoyed with the mess. They said, “We must do something about Grandfather. We’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.” So, they set a small table in the corner, and Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. Whenever the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
One evening, before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making?” Just as sweetly, the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.” The four-year-old smiled and went back to work. The parents were so moved by his words that they were speechless. Tears started to stream down their cheeks, and they both knew what needed to be done.
That evening, the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the rest of his days, he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither the husband nor the wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
Children are very perceptive, and they observe everything around them. If they see us treating our family members with kindness and patience, they will learn to do the same. As parents, we need to be wise builders and role models for our children. Every day, we are laying the building blocks for their future, and we must take care of ourselves and those we love every day. Remember, life is about people connecting with people and making a positive difference.
I want to tell you a story about a teenager who had a very special relationship with his father. This father was always in the stands, cheering on his son, even though he was always on the bench. The son was the smallest in his high school class, but he loved football and was determined to try his best at every practice.
Even though he never got to play in a game during his high school years, he decided to try out for the college football team as a walk-on. Everyone thought he could never make it, but he did. He continued to practice hard and never missed a practice during his four years at college, even though he never got to play in a game.
One day, the young man received some very sad news. His father had passed away. On the day of the big playoff game, the young man asked the coach if he could miss practice because of his father’s death. The coach agreed, and the young man took the rest of the week off.
But something happened on the day of the game that surprised everyone. In the third quarter, when the team was losing by ten points, the young man quietly slipped into the locker room and put on his football gear. He asked the coach if he could play, and the coach reluctantly agreed.
To everyone’s surprise, this young man who had never played before, played like a star. He ran, he passed, blocked and tackled, and even intercepted a pass and ran all the way for the winning touchdown. After the game, the coach asked him how he did it. The young man replied, “Well, you knew my dad died, but did you know that my dad was blind? Dad came to all my games, but today was the first time he could see me play, and I wanted to show him I could do it!”
This story shows us the power of determination, hard work, and love. The young man never gave up on his dream, even though he faced many obstacles along the way. And his love for his father inspired him to do something amazing. So, class, always remember to work hard and never give up on your dreams, and love those who support and encourage you along the way.
BUTTERFLY AND COCOON
let me tell you a story about a man who found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day, he noticed that a small opening had appeared on the cocoon, and he watched the butterfly struggle to force its body through that tiny hole. The man observed the butterfly for several hours as it continued to push and wiggle its way through the small opening, but eventually, it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no further.
Feeling sorry for the struggling butterfly, the man decided to help it. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon, allowing the butterfly to emerge easily. However, the butterfly that emerged had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man watched the butterfly closely, expecting that its wings would enlarge and expand to support its body, which would eventually contract in time. But that never happened. Instead, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings, unable to fly.
The man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
This story teaches us that sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If nature allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been, and we could never fly. Just like the butterfly needed to struggle to develop the strength it needed to fly, we too need to face challenges and obstacles to grow and become the best version of ourselves.
THE OBSTACLE IN OUR PATH
Once upon a time, there was a king who had a big boulder placed on a roadway. He wanted to see if anyone would remove the rock from the path. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers passed by, but they simply walked around the boulder and did not do anything about it. They complained about the king not keeping the roads clear, but they didn’t take any action.
Then, a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. When he saw the boulder, he decided to try and move it to the side of the road. The peasant put down his burden and pushed and strained until he finally succeeded in moving the rock. As he picked up his load of vegetables, he found a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
This story teaches us an important lesson: every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one’s condition. The wealthy merchants and courtiers did not take the opportunity to remove the boulder and missed out on the reward. But the peasant saw the obstacle as a chance to make a difference and was rewarded for his efforts. So, the next time you face a difficult situation, remember that it may be an opportunity to grow and improve. Thank you for listening!
THE WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING
Let me tell you a story about a wolf who wanted to eat some sheep. The shepherd and his dogs always kept a close watch on the flock, so the wolf couldn’t get close enough to catch any sheep. One day, the wolf came across the skin of a sheep that had been flayed and thrown away. The wolf got an idea and decided to wear the sheep’s skin over its own fur. Now the wolf looked just like a sheep! The lamb that belonged to the flock didn’t recognize the wolf in disguise and started following it around. The wolf led the lamb away from the other sheep and then ate it. For a while, the wolf was able to fool the other sheep and enjoyed many hearty meals. But eventually, the shepherd and the dogs caught on to the wolf’s trickery and put a stop to it. This story teaches us that appearances can be deceiving. We should always be careful and not judge things solely based on their looks.
DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!
Once upon a time, there was a couple who walked into the outer office of the President of Harvard University. The lady wore a faded gingham dress and her husband was dressed in a homespun threadbare suit. The secretary thought they were backwoods, country hicks who had no business being there. They asked to see the president, but the secretary said he was too busy. The couple waited patiently for hours, while the secretary ignored them hoping they would leave. Finally, the president agreed to see them, but he was not happy about it. The lady and her husband explained that they wanted to donate a building to Harvard in memory of their son who had attended the university but had died tragically. The president was not moved and told them that Harvard couldn’t put up a statue or a building for every person who attended the university and died. The lady then asked her husband if they should just start their own university. They left the president’s office and did just that. They established Stanford University in California, which is now one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The story teaches us that we should not judge people based on their appearance or background and that we should treat everyone with respect and kindness, regardless of their status or position.
Once upon a time, a son and his father were hiking on a mountain. Suddenly, the son fell and screamed in pain. To his surprise, he heard his own scream echoed back to him from somewhere in the mountain. Curious, he shouted, “Who are you?” The voice echoed back, “Who are you?”
The son got excited and yelled, “I admire you!” The voice repeated, “I admire you!” But when the son yelled, “Coward!” the voice replied with the same insult. Confused, the son asked his father what was going on.
The father smiled and explained that this was not just an echo, but a lesson about life. He told his son that everything we do or say in life is like an echo that reflects back to us. If we spread love, kindness, and competence, that’s what we’ll get back in return. But if we’re negative and unkind, that’s what we’ll receive.
So, the lesson is to be mindful of our actions and words because they can impact our lives and the world around us. Our lives are not coincidences, but reflections of who we are and what we do.
A LESSON FROM A FROG TALE
A group of happy frogs were hopping through the woods when two of them fell into a deep pit. The rest of the frogs gathered around the pit, but after seeing how deep it was, they gave up and told the trapped frogs they were as good as dead. Despite the discouraging words, the trapped frogs continued to jump with all their might, hoping to escape. Some of the other frogs continued to shout words of discouragement, while others urged them to keep trying. One of the trapped frogs eventually gave up and died, but the other frog kept jumping, despite feeling exhausted and in pain. The other frogs, convinced he would never escape, urged him to give up and die. But the determined frog kept jumping and eventually leapt out of the pit. The other frogs were amazed and asked him why he kept trying despite their discouraging words. The frog, who was deaf and couldn’t hear their words, thought they were cheering him on and was inspired to keep trying. This story teaches us that our words have the power to encourage or discourage others, and that we should always strive to uplift and support those around us.
WEAKNESS OR STRENGTH?
The story tells of a young boy who, despite losing his left arm in a car accident, decided to learn Judo. He began taking lessons from an old Japanese Judo Master Sensei, who only taught him one move for the first three months. Confused, the boy asked if he should be learning more moves, but the Sensei insisted that this was the only move he needed to know.
The boy continued training and eventually went to his first tournament, where he won his first two matches easily. In the third match, his opponent became impatient and charged, but the boy used his one move to win. In the finals, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced, but the boy persevered and won the tournament.
On the way home, the boy asked the Sensei how he won with only one move, and the Sensei explained that the boy had almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of Judo, and the only defense against it was to grab the boy’s left arm, which he didn’t have. Therefore, the boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.
This story illustrates the power of focusing on one’s strengths rather than dwelling on weaknesses and shows that sometimes, what we perceive as a disadvantage can actually be an advantage if we approach it with the right attitude.
Once, a man was asleep in his cabin when suddenly a bright light filled the room, and the Lord appeared to him. He showed the man a large rock in front of his cabin and asked him to push against it with all his might. For many years, the man worked hard from sun up to sun down, pushing against the unmoving rock, but it remained in its place. He felt discouraged and disheartened, thinking that he was a failure. Satan entered his mind and tempted him to give up, suggesting that he put in just the minimum effort, but the man turned to the Lord in prayer and expressed his concerns.
The Lord responded compassionately, explaining that the man’s task was to push against the rock, and his faith and obedience in God’s wisdom and plan had grown stronger through the opposition he faced. Although he hadn’t moved the rock, his strength and abilities had surpassed what he previously had. The Lord then assured the man that He would move the rock. This story reminds us that our task is to obey and trust in God and that He will accomplish His plans for us.
The story also provides an acronym for us to remember in times of difficulty: P.U.S.H. which stands for Pray Until Something Happens. It reminds us to persevere in faith and prayer, and not to give up when things get tough.
In 1883, John Roebling envisioned building a bridge connecting New York with Long Island, but experts dismissed the idea as impossible. Roebling convinced his son, Washington, that it could be done, and they began developing concepts and hired a crew.
The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge was a daunting task that only the Roeblings knew how to accomplish. However, tragedy struck when John Roebling died in an accident, and his son Washington was left with brain damage that left him unable to move, walk, or talk. Everyone believed that the project should be abandoned since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how to build the bridge. Despite his handicap, Washington was determined to complete the project and inspired his wife and friends to continue the work.
Washington’s only means of communication was by tapping his wife’s arm with one finger, indicating his instructions. He used this method to tell the engineers what to do, and the project was underway again. For thirteen years, Washington tapped his instructions on his wife’s arm until the bridge was finally completed. The Brooklyn Bridge stands today as a symbol of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances.
The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge shows that dreams that seem impossible can be realized with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are. Even the most distant dream can be achieved with perseverance. It is an inspiring example of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal.
This story serves as a reminder that when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face.
THE CRACKED POT
Once upon a time in India, there was a water-bearer who carried two pots of water on a pole across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, which caused it to leak water all the way back to the master’s house. The other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. For two years, the water-bearer delivered one and a half pots of water to his master’s house each day, with the cracked pot delivering only half of its load.
The perfect pot was proud of its achievements, but the cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfection and could only deliver half of what it was made to do. One day, the cracked pot apologized to the water-bearer for its failure. The water-bearer asked the pot what it was ashamed of, and the pot explained its flaw.
The water-bearer felt sorry for the old pot and showed it the beautiful flowers along the path as they walked back to the master’s house. The cracked pot cheered up a bit, but still felt bad about its flaw. The water-bearer then revealed that he had planted flower seeds on the side of the path where the cracked pot leaked water, and every day the cracked pot had unknowingly watered the seeds. As a result, beautiful flowers had grown on that side of the path, which the water-bearer had used to decorate his master’s table for two years.
The moral of the story is that each of us has our own unique flaw, but it’s the cracks and flaws that make our lives interesting and rewarding. We should accept people for who they are and look for the good in them.
Once upon a time, a man went to a barbershop to have his hair and beard cut. He struck up a conversation with the barber and they talked about many things on various subjects. Suddenly, the conversation turned to God, and the barber said that he didn’t believe in God because of all the suffering and pain in the world. The client was taken aback but decided not to argue.
After the haircut was finished, the client left the barbershop and saw a man on the street with long hair and a beard. He realized that barbers did exist, but people chose not to go to them. He went back to the barbershop and told the barber that just like barbers existed even if people didn’t go to them, God existed even if people didn’t seek Him out. The reason for all the suffering and pain in the world was that people were not looking for God.
The conversation between the client and the barber highlights the age-old debate about the existence of God and the problem of evil in the world. The story illustrates the idea that just because we don’t see or experience something doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. It also shows that the choices we make can have consequences and impact the world around us. In this case, the choice not to seek God leads to pain and suffering. The story encourages people to seek out God and find meaning and purpose in life.
A BOY WITH STRONG BELIEF
Shaykh Fath al-Mowsily once saw a young boy walking through the jungle, reciting the Quran. The Shaykh asked where the boy was going and he replied, “To the house of Allah (Makkah).” The Shaykh then asked why he was reciting the Quran at such a young age, and the boy replied that he had seen death approach people younger than him, so he wanted to be prepared. The Shaykh commented that his steps were small and his destination was far, but the boy replied that it was his duty to take the step and Allah’s responsibility to take him to his destination.
When the Shaykh asked about the boy’s provisions and conveyance, the boy explained that his belief in Allah was his provision and his feet were his conveyance. He compared it to being invited to someone’s house and not bringing your own food. The Shaykh was impressed and the boy left. Later, the Shaykh saw the boy in Makkah and he asked if the Shaykh still had weak belief. The story teaches the importance of faith and trust in Allah.
A VERY POWERFUL STORY
As he stood there in a daze, he suddenly heard a voice calling out his name. It was the voice of Allah, the Most High. Trembling, he raised his head to see the majestic figure of his Creator seated on His throne. Allah asked him about his deeds in this world, and he could feel the weight of his sins bearing down upon him.
He tried to answer truthfully, but his tongue felt heavy and his mind was clouded with fear. Allah then asked him about his prayers, and he remembered his grandmother’s warning. He hung his head in shame, realizing that he had neglected his prayers and treated them as a burden.
Suddenly, he felt a hand on his shoulder and looked up to see his grandmother standing beside him. She smiled at him and said, “My son, don’t be afraid. Remember that Allah is Merciful and Forgiving. But you must strive to do better and make amends for your mistakes.”
With her encouragement, he found the strength to speak up and confess his shortcomings. He asked Allah for forgiveness and promised to do better in the future. At that moment, he felt a weight lift off his shoulders and a sense of peace and tranquility wash over him.
As the Day of Judgment drew to a close, he realized that his grandmother’s teachings had saved him from eternal damnation. He had been given a second chance to make things right and earn Allah’s favor. From that day on, he vowed to be more diligent in his prayers and follow the example of his grandmother, who had lived her life in devotion to Allah.
The story tells of a man who is standing in front of Allah, waiting for his judgment. He pleads his case, claiming that he has always followed the path of Allah and done good deeds, such as helping others and spreading the word of Allah. He is confident that he has done everything Allah has ordered him to do, and avoided what he has been forbidden.
However, as the two angels with sheets of paper read out the names of those who will enter Jahannam/Hell, his name is the first to be called. He falls to his knees, crying out that this cannot be, as he has always done good and served others. The angels take him by the arms and drag him towards the blazing flames of Jahannam. He pleads with them, yelling of his good deeds, asking if anyone will help him, but to no avail. As he is about to fall into the fire, a hand grabs him and pulls him back.
He sees an old man with a long white beard and asks him who he is. The old man replies that he is the man’s prayers and explains that he always performed his prayers at the last minute. The man wakes up from his dream and realizes the importance of performing prayers before it’s too late. The story ends with the message “Say Your Prayers Before Prayers For You Are Said” or “Namaz Parh Is Se Pehle Ke Teri Namaz Parhi Jaye.”
WORDS AND ACTIONS SHOULD BE THE SAME
Once there was a young boy who had a sweet tooth and loved to eat sweets. He would ask his father for sweets all the time. Unfortunately, his father was poor and could not always afford to buy sweets for his son. Despite his father’s explanation, the boy persisted in demanding sweets.
One day, the boy’s father decided to take him to a holy man who lived nearby, hoping that the holy man could convince his son to stop asking for sweets. When they arrived, the father explained his situation to the holy man and asked for his help.
The holy man was a kind-hearted person but he faced a dilemma because he also had a weakness for sweets. He realized that he couldn’t simply tell the boy to stop asking for sweets because he himself enjoyed them. Therefore, he told the boy’s father to bring his son back after one month.
During that month, the holy man made a conscious effort to give up eating sweets himself. When the boy and his father returned a month later, the holy man asked the boy if he would stop asking for sweets which his father could not afford to give him.
The boy was surprised and agreed to stop asking for sweets. The boy’s father was curious as to why the holy man didn’t ask his son to give up sweets when they first visited him a month ago. The holy man replied that he could not ask the boy to do something he himself was unable to do. He explained that he had given up eating sweets during that month to set an example for the boy.
This story teaches us that our actions are more powerful than our words. We should lead by example and practice what we preach. If we want to ask someone to do something, we must first do it ourselves.
YOU’RE FAR MORE PRECIOUS THAN DIAMONDS AND PEARLS
In this touching story, a young girl named Hana recalls a moment she had with her father. She remembers wearing a revealing outfit for the first time, feeling unsure about it in front of her Orthodox Muslim father. When they finally reunited, her father took her aside and gave her a valuable lesson that she would never forget. He told her that everything valuable in this world is covered and protected. Diamonds, pearls, and gold are all hidden and hard to reach. He reminded her that her body is sacred and far more precious than any material object. Therefore, she should always cover herself up and protect herself from prying eyes. This powerful message about the importance of modesty and self-respect stayed with Hana for the rest of her life. It serves as a reminder that our bodies are a gift and we should treat them with the utmost care and respect.
THE ONE-EYED DOE
Once upon a time, a doe lost one of her eyes and became vulnerable to danger. She realized that she could no longer see anyone approaching from that side and decided to be cautious. The doe started feeding on a high cliff near the sea, with her one sound eye facing the land. This way, she could see the hunters coming towards her and managed to escape many times.
Unfortunately, the hunters soon discovered that the doe was blind in one eye and decided to take advantage of her weakness. They hired a boat and rowed under the cliff where the doe used to feed. They shot her from the sea, and with her dying voice, she cried, “Ah, you cannot escape your fate.”
The story teaches us that sometimes we cannot avoid our destiny, no matter how hard we try. The doe took all the necessary precautions to protect herself, but it was her fate to be hunted down. It also reminds us to be kind to animals and not to take advantage of their weaknesses.
THE CAGE BIRD’S ESCAPE
Once there was a bird who sang for her merchant owner, and he took great pleasure in her song. Before he left on a business trip, he asked the bird if she had a wish. She responded that she wished to be with her old friends in the forest and to fly freely through the trees. The merchant promised to pass along her message to the birds in the forest.
As the merchant traveled through the forest, he relayed the bird’s message to the other birds. Suddenly, one bird fell dead from a tree, shocking the merchant. He returned home to tell his bird what had happened, and she was desperate to know what the other birds had said. The merchant was hesitant to tell her that one bird had died but eventually did. The bird let out a terrible shriek and fell to the bottom of her cage. The merchant, distraught, decided to bury her.
However, as he lifted her out of the cage, she suddenly came back to life, flew out of the window, and landed on a nearby roof. She thanked the merchant for delivering her message and revealed that she had gained her freedom by playing dead. She then flew away to be with her Beloved.
The moral of the story is that if you want to be with the ones you love, you must be willing to give up everything, even life itself. The bird was wise and taught the merchant a valuable lesson about sacrifice and achieving one’s heart’s desires.
THE THREE WISE MEN
Once upon a time, a group of wise men traveled across the country to seek answers to some of the greatest questions of their time. One day, they arrived in Nasreddin’s district and inquired about the wisest man in the area. Nasreddin was summoned and a large crowd gathered to hear the conversation.
The first wise man asked Nasreddin, “Where is the exact center of the world?” Nasreddin replied without hesitation, “It is under my right heel.” The first wise man then challenged him to prove his claim. Nasreddin replied, “If you don’t believe me, measure and see.” The first wise man had no response to this, so the second wise man posed his question.
The second wise man asked, “How many stars are there in the sky?” Nasreddin responded confidently, “As many as there are hairs on my donkey.” The second wise man asked for proof, and Nasreddin replied, “If you don’t believe me, count the hairs on my donkey, and you will see.” The second wise man ridiculed Nasreddin’s response, saying, “How can one count the hairs on a donkey?” Nasreddin retorted, “Well, how can one count the stars in the sky? If one is foolish talk, so is the other.” The second wise man had no rebuttal, and the third wise man became annoyed with Nasreddin’s answers.
The third wise man then asked Nasreddin, “You seem to know a lot about your donkey, so can you tell me how many hairs there are in its tail?” Nasreddin replied, “There are exactly as many hairs in its tail as there are in your beard.” The third wise man challenged Nasreddin to prove it. Nasreddin proposed a simple solution, “You can pull one hair out of my donkey’s tail for every one I pull out of your beard. If the hairs on my donkey’s tail do not come to an end at exactly the same time as the hairs in your beard, I will admit that I was wrong.” The third wise man was not willing to accept this challenge, and the crowd declared Nasreddin the winner of the day’s arguments.
A MERCHANT AND HIS DONKEY
One beautiful spring morning, a merchant and his donkey set out for the market. The donkey was loaded with bags of salt to be sold. They walked along the road together until they reached a river. Suddenly, the donkey slipped and fell into the river, causing the bags of salt on its back to become lighter.
The merchant was disappointed, but there was nothing he could do except return home and load the donkey with more bags of salt. As they reached the slippery riverbank again, the donkey deliberately fell into the river once more, causing all the bags of salt to be wasted.
The merchant realized the donkey’s trick and decided to outsmart it. He returned home once again but this time loaded the donkey with bags of sponges instead. The foolish donkey fell into the river once more, but this time the load became heavier.
The merchant laughed at the donkey and said, “You foolish donkey, your trick has been discovered. You should know that those who are too clever sometimes overreach themselves.” The donkey had learned its lesson that being overly clever can backfire.
THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER
On a cold winter day, a colony of ants was working hard to dry out grains of corn that had become damp during the wet autumn. Meanwhile, a grasshopper, starving and freezing, approached one of the ants and asked for a few grains of corn to save his life. The ant, irritated, asked why he should give away their hard-earned food. The grasshopper explained that he was too busy singing all summer to gather his own food.
The ant laughed unkindly and refused to help the grasshopper. He told the grasshopper to sing all winter long as far as he was concerned. The grasshopper was left to fend for himself and was unable to survive the harsh winter.
This story teaches us that Islam encourages us to help those in need, but it also emphasizes the importance of hard work and self-reliance. We should not rely solely on the kindness of others for our daily needs and should strive to work hard and be self-sufficient.
THE FOX WHO GOT CAUGHT IN THE TREE TRUNK
Once upon a time, a hungry fox was desperately searching for food in the forest, but to no avail. As his stomach growled louder, he decided to expand his search and ventured towards the forest’s edge where he spotted a big tree with a hole in it. Upon closer inspection, he saw a package inside the hole and hoped that it contained food. As he eagerly jumped into the hole and opened the package, his eyes lit up with joy as he found bread, meat, and fruit inside.
Unbeknownst to the fox, the food had been placed there by an old woodcutter who was taking a break from cutting trees in the forest. However, after the fox had finished eating, he felt thirsty and decided to leave the trunk to find water. To his dismay, he found himself unable to fit through the hole, having eaten too much food.
The fox realized that he had acted impulsively and regretted not thinking things through before jumping into the hole. The lesson learned was that acting impulsively without careful consideration could lead to negative consequences.
CATS AND ROOSTERS
In Africa, roosters were the rulers and the cats were their hardworking servants. Every day, the cats would gather food and bring it to the roosters, who would take it all for themselves. The roosters loved to eat ants, and so every cat had to collect ants in a purse around their necks to give to the king of the roosters.
The cats were unhappy with this arrangement, but they were too afraid to do anything about it. The roosters had convinced them that their combs were made of fire and that anyone who disobeyed them would be burned by the fire. So the cats continued to work for the roosters from early morning until night.
One day, the fire in Mrs. Cat’s house went out, and she sent her kitten Fluffy to get some fire from Mr. Rooster’s house. When Fluffy arrived, she saw that Mr. Rooster was fast asleep, his stomach swollen with the ants he had eaten. Fluffy was too afraid to wake him up, so she returned home empty-handed.
Mrs. Cat then told Fluffy to gather some dry twigs and place them near the rooster’s comb, and as soon as they caught fire, to bring them home. But when Fluffy tried to set the twigs on fire with the rooster’s comb, nothing happened. Mrs. Cat went to help, but she also failed to start the fire with the rooster’s comb.
It was only when Mrs. Cat touched the rooster’s comb that she realized it was not made of fire at all. It was just red-colored and very cold. She went to tell the other cats about the rooster’s trick, and they were all overjoyed to learn that the roosters had been lying to them.
The cats no longer worked for the roosters, and when the king of the roosters threatened to burn down their houses, they told him that his comb was not made of fire, but was only the color of fire. When the king of the roosters realized that the cats knew his secret, he ran away, and to this day, roosters are still afraid of cats.
THE PROUD RED ROSE
Once upon a time, in a forest filled with many kinds of trees and plants, a red rose blossomed on a beautiful spring day. As the rose looked around, it couldn’t help but feel proud of its beauty and believed it was the most beautiful plant in the forest.
However, a pine tree nearby reminded the rose that beauty was subjective, and it couldn’t compare itself to other plants as everyone had their unique qualities. The rose didn’t take this kindly and began insulting a nearby cactus, thinking it was an ugly and useless plant.
Days passed, and the weather became warmer, causing life in the forest to become difficult due to the lack of water. The red rose began to wilt, and the pine tree explained that the birds got water from the cactus by sticking their beaks into it. The rose was amazed and asked the cactus for help, and to its surprise, the cactus kindly agreed.
The rose learned a valuable lesson from this experience and never judged anyone by their appearance again. It realized that everyone had a purpose, and it was not fair to compare oneself to others. In the end, the rose was grateful to the cactus and the sparrows for helping it survive and learn a valuable life lesson.
THE SELFISH MAN
Once upon a time, there was a man who was incredibly selfish. He hoarded everything he owned, unwilling to share with anyone, not even his friends or those in need. One day, the man lost thirty gold coins, and he was beside himself with worry. In his desperation, he turned to his kind friend for help. The friend’s daughter was out running an errand when she stumbled upon thirty gold coins. She brought them home to her father, and he realized they belonged to his friend who had just lost thirty gold coins.
When the selfish man arrived, the girl’s father handed him the gold coins, but the man claimed that ten coins were missing. He accused the girl of stealing them and demanded the remaining amount from her father. However, the girl’s father refused to give in to his demands.
Frustrated, the man left the gold coins and took the matter to court.
When the judge heard the case, he called for the girl and her father to appear in court. He asked the girl how many gold coins she had found, and she truthfully replied that she had found thirty gold coins. The judge then asked the selfish man how many gold coins he had lost, and he lied, saying that he had lost forty gold coins.
The judge immediately realized that the man was lying and ordered the girl to keep the thirty gold coins. If anyone came looking for the gold coins, he would send for her. He also warned the man that if someone claimed to have found forty gold coins, he would be sent for.
The selfish man couldn’t take the guilt and eventually confessed to his lie. The judge made it clear that dishonesty never pays, and the man learned a valuable lesson.
This story teaches us the importance of honesty and integrity. Being truthful is always the right choice, and lying only leads to more trouble in the long run. It also reminds us that kindness and generosity can go a long way, while selfishness and greed can only lead to misery.
YOU ARE PRICELESS TO THOSE WHO LOVE YOU
During a seminar, a well-known speaker began his speech by holding up a $20 bill and asking the audience of 200 people, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Many hands went up in response. The speaker then crumpled up the bill and asked the same question, to which the same number of hands went up. He proceeded to drop the $20 bill on the ground and started grinding it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now dirty and crumpled, and asked once again, “Who still wants it?” Surprisingly, the same number of hands went up into the air.
The speaker then explained that no matter what was done to the money, it still had the same value of $20. He went on to explain that in life, we all face difficult circumstances and make mistakes that may make us feel worthless. But, just like the $20 bill, our value does not decrease based on our external circumstances or past mistakes.
The speaker encouraged the audience to recognize their worth and understand that they are priceless to those who love them, whether they are dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased. He emphasized the importance of remembering this lesson and never letting external circumstances define our value. The story serves as a reminder to the audience to always believe in themselves and to never give up on their worth.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PLANT
In the Far East, an aging emperor decided that it was time to choose his successor. Instead of selecting one of his children or assistants, he called together all the young people in his kingdom and revealed that he would choose the next emperor from among them. To each child, he gave a single seed and instructed them to plant it, nurture it, and return one year later with whatever they had grown. The emperor would then judge the plants and choose his successor.
One of the boys who received a seed was named Ling. He planted the seed with great care and tended to it every day. However, while other children’s plants began to grow and thrive, Ling’s seed remained stubbornly dormant. He became increasingly anxious as time passed, feeling like a failure compared to his peers. Ling continued to care for his seed, but after six months, he had still not seen any growth.
Despite Ling’s lack of progress, he did not give up. He knew that he had done everything he could to nurture his seed, and he waited patiently for the full year to pass. When the day came for the children to return with their plants, Ling felt embarrassed and ashamed that his pot was empty. But his mother encouraged him to be honest about what had happened, and Ling took his empty pot to the palace with the other children.
When the emperor arrived, he was impressed by the plants, trees, and flowers that the other children had grown. Ling tried to hide in the back, feeling like a failure. But then the emperor noticed Ling’s empty pot and called him to the front of the room. Ling was terrified that he would be punished for his lack of progress.
But then the emperor announced that Ling was to be the new emperor. Confused and bewildered, Ling could not understand how this could be. The emperor explained that he had given all the children boiled seeds that would not grow. Everyone else had substituted a different seed, but Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring back an empty pot. He had shown integrity and loyalty, and the emperor believed that these qualities made him the best choice to be the next emperor.
The story teaches us an important lesson about honesty, courage, and perseverance. Ling’s failure to grow a plant was not a reflection of his worth or abilities, but his determination to be truthful and honest was what made him the best candidate for leadership.
This thought-provoking story reminds us that the seeds we plant today will determine the fruits we reap tomorrow. The story illustrates the importance of our actions and the consequences they have on our lives and those of others.
The story highlights the positive outcomes that we can achieve by planting good seeds. If we plant honesty, we will earn trust from others. If we plant goodness, we will attract friends, and if we plant humility, we will achieve greatness. Planting perseverance will bring us victory, while planting consideration will create harmony in our relationships. Hard work will lead to success, and planting forgiveness will bring reconciliation, and openness will bring intimacy. Patience will lead to improvements, and faith will lead to miracles.
On the other hand, the story emphasizes that planting negative seeds will result in unpleasant outcomes. Planting dishonesty will lead to distrust, and planting selfishness will bring loneliness. Pride will result in destruction, while envy will cause trouble. Planting laziness will lead to stagnation, and bitterness will bring isolation. Planting greed will lead to loss, and gossip will create enemies. Worries will bring wrinkles, and planting sin will lead to guilt.
Therefore, the story advises us to be careful about the seeds we plant in our lives. We should be mindful of our actions and their consequences on ourselves and others. The seeds we sow will determine the type of fruits we will reap in the future. Our choices today will affect our lives and those of the ones who will come after us. It’s essential to plant positive seeds and avoid planting negative ones, as we will eventually enjoy or pay for the choices we make today.
Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most respected leaders of India, was known for his selfless work and dedication to the cause of the Indian independence movement. During one of his tours to collect funds for the Charkha Sangh, Gandhi Ji addressed a gathering in Orissa. After his speech, an old woman, who was poor and dressed in tattered clothes, fought her way to where Gandhi Ji was sitting, despite the efforts of the volunteers to stop her.
She insisted on seeing him and touched his feet, an Indian gesture of respect. She then brought out a copper coin from her sari and placed it at his feet. Gandhi Ji picked up the copper coin and put it away carefully. The Charkha Sangh funds were under the charge of Jamnalal Bajaj, who asked Gandhi Ji for the coin. However, Gandhi Ji refused, saying that the copper coin was worth much more than the thousands of rupees’ worth of cheques that he had in his possession.
Jamnalal Bajaj laughed and said that Gandhi Ji did not trust him with a copper coin, despite him being responsible for managing the Charkha Sangh funds. But Gandhi Ji explained that this coin was perhaps all that the poor woman possessed, and she gave it away generously, which was a great sacrifice on her part. He valued this copper coin more than a crore of rupees because of the woman’s selflessness and generosity.
This incident highlights the importance of valuing every contribution, regardless of how small or insignificant it may seem. Gandhi Ji’s respect for the old woman’s generosity is a reminder to us all to value and appreciate the sacrifices and contributions of others, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem.
THE CRYSTAL BALL
In the south of Spain, there was a small village full of joyful and lucky people. Nasir, a shepherd boy who lived near the village with his family, took his goats up the hills each morning to graze and returned with them in the afternoon. At night, his grandmother would tell him the story of the stars, which fascinated Nasir. One day, while watching his herd and playing his flute, Nasir discovered a beautiful crystal ball behind a flower bush. It sparkled like a rainbow and spoke to him, saying that it could fulfill any wish he desired.
Nasir was surprised and hesitant, for he had everything he needed and couldn’t think of a wish that was impossible. He decided to wait and think about it the next day. Nasir didn’t tell anyone about the crystal ball and remained cheerful and content, which amazed the people around him. However, a boy followed Nasir and stole the crystal ball while he was sleeping. The boy showed the crystal ball to the villagers and they all made selfish and materialistic wishes that were fulfilled. Despite having their wishes granted, the villagers were still unhappy and jealous of each other.
Eventually, the children returned the crystal ball to Nasir and pleaded with him to make everything return to the way it was before. Nasir agreed and wished for the village to become the same old village with gardens full of trees and fruits. The village returned to its former state, and the people lived happily once again. Nasir continued to play his flute every day at sunset, and the children played under the shade of trees in the gardens of their homes. The moral of the story is that material possessions cannot bring true happiness and contentment.
This story teaches us that we should be happy with whatever we have and not to be greedy.
THE SIGNS OF HAPPINESS
Once, there was a happy young couple who were worried about whether their happiness would last forever or not. They decided to seek guidance from a wise old man who had a reputation for solving problems. The old man advised them to travel the world in search of the happiest couple and to ask for a piece of cloth from the man’s shirt to keep with them, ensuring their happiness. The couple traveled far and wide, but each couple they met had their own issues, and they couldn’t find the perfect couple they were looking for.
Eventually, they came across a shepherd and his family in the desert who seemed content and at peace. When asked if they were the happiest couple, the shepherd replied that no one was unhappier than the king. The couple realized that they had been searching for perfection, which didn’t exist, and that true happiness came from pleasing God and being content with what one has. They returned home and shared their newfound wisdom with the wise old man, who prayed for them and affirmed that the sign of true happiness was in their hearts.
The story highlights the importance of being grateful, patient, and following God’s guidance for true happiness. It also suggests that perfection is an unattainable ideal and that contentment and inner peace are the keys to a happy life. The references to the Holy Quran reinforce the idea that religious teachings can provide guidance and comfort in times of uncertainty.
HOPE AND GREED
Caliph Haroon Rashid was curious to meet anyone who had seen the Holy Prophet (SAW) in his lifetime. After some time, an old woman was brought before the Caliph. The Caliph asked the woman if she had seen the Prophet, to which she replied affirmatively. The Caliph then asked if she remembered any narration from the Prophet. The woman replied that the Prophet had said, “When old age comes, two things become young, one is hope and the other is greed.” The Caliph was pleased and gave her one hundred dinars as a token of appreciation. The woman thanked the Caliph and was taken back.
However, halfway through her journey, the woman had second thoughts and wanted to confirm if the money given to her was a one-time thing or if it would be given to her every year. When she was brought back to the Caliph, he asked why she had returned. The woman explained her question, to which the Caliph replied that she would be paid every year. The Caliph pondered over the woman’s question and the truth behind the Prophet’s words, realizing that the woman had hope for life even in old age and greed for money.
The woman was taken back home, but sadly, she breathed her last on the way. This story teaches us that greed and hope are human emotions that last till the end of life. The Caliph’s encounter with the old woman highlights the importance of remembering the words of the Prophet and the valuable lessons they hold. The Prophet’s words teach us that as we age, we should have hope and desire to live a long life, and it is human nature to have desires even in old age. The Caliph’s promise to pay the woman every year also shows us the importance of fulfilling our promises and being kind to those in need.
Once there was a wealthy merchant who had four wives. The 4th wife was the most loved and he showered her with riches and luxurious treats. The 3rd wife was also greatly loved but the merchant always feared that she would leave him for another man. The 2nd wife was very patient and understanding, acting as a confidante to the merchant in times of trouble. The 1st wife, who was loyal and had contributed significantly to the merchant’s wealth and household, was neglected by the merchant and not loved in return.
When the merchant fell ill and knew he was going to die soon, he realized that despite having four wives, he would be alone after he passed. He asked his 4th wife to follow him and keep him company, but she refused and walked away. His 3rd wife also refused, stating that she would remarry after he passed. His 2nd wife could only offer to send him to his grave. The merchant was devastated until his 1st wife spoke up, offering to follow him no matter where he went.
The merchant realized that he had four wives in his life, but only his 1st wife, representing his soul, would follow him after death. The 4th wife, representing his body, would leave him. The 3rd wife, representing his possessions, status, and wealth, would go to others. The 2nd wife, representing his family and friends, could only stay with him up to the grave.
The story reminds us to cultivate and strengthen our soul rather than neglecting it in the pursuit of material wealth and pleasure. It also serves as a reminder that while we may have many things in life, ultimately, we will be alone after death.
LION, RATS, SNAKE & THE HONEYCOMB
Once, a man had a dream where he saw a lion chasing him. He climbed up a tree to escape from the lion and sat on a branch. Looking down, he saw the lion waiting for him. He then noticed that two rats were circling around and eating the branch to which he was holding onto. One rat was black, and the other was white. The branch was going to break soon. As he looked down in fear, he saw a big black snake had settled directly under him with its mouth open to catch him if he fell.
The man looked up and saw another branch with a honeycomb, and drops of honey falling from it. He tasted the honey, and it was amazing. The sweetness of the honey made him forget about the danger he was in. He continued tasting the honey and forgot about the lion, the rats, and the snake. Eventually, he woke up from his dream and went to a pious scholar to understand its meaning.
The scholar explained that the lion represents death, which follows us wherever we go. The two rats, one black and one white, symbolize the day and night, respectively, and how they eat away at our time, bringing us closer to death. The big black snake represents the grave, which is waiting for us to fall into it. The honeycomb and the sweet honey represent the luxuries of this world that we get lost into and forget about our time, death, and graves.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HEART
Once, a young man stood in the middle of a town, proclaiming that he possessed the most beautiful heart in the entire valley. A crowd gathered around him, and they all admired his heart for it was flawless. There wasn’t a single imperfection or blemish on it. Everyone agreed that it was truly the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud of his heart and boasted more loudly about its beauty.
Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said, “Why, your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine.” The crowd and the young man looked at the old man’s heart, which was beating strongly but was full of scars. There were places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn’t fit quite right, and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places, there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing. The people were amazed, and they wondered how the old man could say that his heart was more beautiful.
The young man looked at the old man’s heart and laughed. “You must be joking,” he said. “Compare your heart with mine… mine is perfect, and yours is a mess of scars and tears.”
The old man replied, “Yes, yours is perfect-looking, but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar on my heart represents a person to whom I have given my love. I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart. But because the pieces aren’t exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish because they remind me of the love we shared. Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn’t returned a piece of their heart to me. These are the empty gouges. Giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?”
The young man stood silently, with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect, young, and beautiful heart, and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man with trembling hands. The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart, and then took a piece from his old, scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man’s heart. It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges.
The young man looked at his heart, which was not perfect anymore but was more beautiful than ever because love from the old man’s heart flowed into his. They embraced and walked away side by side, their hearts now connected in a way that could never be broken. The young man learned that true beauty lies not in perfection but in the scars and wounds we bear as a result of the love we give and receive.
Physical perfection is not always beautiful.
THE CLUB 99
Once, there lived a King who was blessed with immense riches and luxuries, yet he remained dissatisfied with his life. Despite receiving attention from everyone and attending extravagant events, he felt a void that he couldn’t quite explain. One day, he woke up earlier than usual and decided to stroll around his palace. As he entered his spacious living room, he was surprised to hear someone singing cheerfully. Following the melody, he saw one of his servants who had a blissful expression on his face.
The King observed the servant closely and wondered how he could be so content with his life, even though he did not possess materialistic possessions like him. This thought left him perplexed, and he could not fathom the reason behind his own unhappiness. The King became curious about the servant and called his assistant to inquire about him.
Once the servant’s wife saw the coins, she was ecstatic. They had never seen so much wealth before
in their lives. They counted and recounted the coins and were amazed that there were exactly 99
As the days passed, the servant couldn’t stop thinking about the bag of gold coins. He began to
realize that he was now part of The 99 Club. He had always been content with what he had, but
now, with the addition of these gold coins, he was even happier. He didn’t need anything more
in his life.
The servant started to treat others with more kindness, generosity, and respect. He helped those in
need, and he even donated some of the gold coins to the less fortunate. His actions didn’t go
unnoticed, and soon, he became known as one of the kindest people in the village.
The King, who had been watching the servant closely, was amazed at the transformation in the
man. He summoned the servant to his palace and asked him how he felt after receiving the gold
coins. The servant replied, “Your Majesty, I was always content with what I had, but now I am even
happier. I have realized that happiness is not about wealth or possessions, but it is about being
content with what we have and helping others in need. I am grateful to be a part of The 99 Club.”
The King was deeply moved by the servant’s words and realized that he had been chasing the wrong
things in life. He had been so focused on wealth and possessions that he had forgotten about the
simple things in life that truly brought happiness.
From that day on, the King became a changed man. He started treating his subjects with more
kindness and generosity. He helped those in need and donated his wealth to the less fortunate.
The King had finally found contentment and happiness, thanks to the servant who had shown him
the true meaning of life.
Once upon a time, there was a servant who had a deep passion for collecting gold coins. One day, his wealthy employer noticed his hard work and dedication and decided to reward him with a bag full of 99 gold coins. Overwhelmed with joy and excitement, the servant thanked his employer and ran home to admire his precious collection.
But as he began to count the coins, he noticed that there were only 99, not the expected 100. He counted again and again, but the result remained the same. Confused and worried, he searched his entire house and even the backyard, hoping to find the missing coin, but to no avail.
Frustrated and determined to make his collection complete, the servant decided to work harder than ever before to earn enough money to buy that one missing coin. He spent the whole night devising plans and ideas for how to earn more money, not realizing the toll it was taking on his happiness and relationships with his family.
The next morning, he woke up in a terrible mood and began shouting at his wife and children for his delay. He went to work as usual, but his mood was far from happy and content, unlike his usual self.
The sudden change in the servant’s attitude did not go unnoticed by the King who had been observing him closely. Puzzled by his sudden shift, the King summoned his assistant to understand what was happening. The assistant explained that the servant had officially joined the “99 Club,” which is a name given to those who are never contented even though they have everything.
The assistant went on to explain that often, people become so consumed with wanting more and more that they forget to appreciate the little things in life. They lose sight of what is truly important and pay a heavy price for their growing needs and desires. They hurt the people around them and even compromise their own happiness in the pursuit of materialistic possessions.
Hearing this, the King realized the importance of appreciating what one has and decided to start valuing the little things in life. He understood that striving for more is good, but not at the cost of losing those near and dear to one’s heart.
In the end, the story teaches us that while it is natural to strive for more, we must not forget to appreciate what we already have. It is crucial to maintain a balance and not get consumed by the desire for materialistic possessions, which can lead to loss of happiness and relationships.
Once, a person overheard a pious Muslim expressing deep remorse for a sin that had been weighing on him for thirty years. Curious, the listener asked what the sin was. The pious Muslim revealed that he used to own a shop in the bazaar, and one day he heard that a fire had broken out, consuming the whole bazaar. In a hurry, he rushed to check on his shop and upon arrival, he discovered that, miraculously, his shop was the only one that had not been destroyed. Overwhelmed with relief, he immediately said, “Al-Hamdo lillah” (All praise to Allah) without taking a moment to consider the loss his neighbors had experienced. It was at this moment that he realized his mistake and felt a deep sense of shame for not empathizing with his neighbors’ loss. He resolved to repent for this lapse in his character for the last thirty years, seeking forgiveness from Allah for his callousness towards his fellow human beings.
Sayyed Jawad Ameli, a great Mujtahid, was enjoying his dinner when he received an urgent summons from his master, Ayatullah Sayyed Mehdi Bahrul Uloom. A servant had arrived to fetch him immediately, as Ayatullah Bahrul Uloom had refused to eat until he saw him. Concerned and confused, Sayyed Jawad left his meal and hastened to his master’s residence.
Upon his arrival, Ayatullah Bahrul Uloom looked at him sternly and accused him of lacking fear of Allah and being ashamed to face Him. Sayyed Jawad was taken aback, as he could not recall having committed any wrongdoing. He humbly asked his master to guide him to his mistake.
Ayatullah Bahrul Uloom then revealed that Sayyed Jawad’s neighbor and his family had been without food for a week, as they had run out of wheat and rice. The neighbor had attempted to buy some dates on credit from a shop, but the shopkeeper had refused to grant him any more credit, leaving him and his family hungry. Sayyed Jawad was surprised, as he had no knowledge of this.
Ayatullah Bahrul Uloom scolded Sayyed Jawad for being unaware of his neighbor’s suffering, stating that a week of hardship had passed without him even knowing. He emphasized that if Sayyed Jawad had known and ignored his neighbor’s plight, he would not even be considered a Muslim.
Ayatullah Bahrul Uloom then instructed Sayyed Jawad to take all the dishes of food before him to his neighbor and to eat with him so that he did not feel ashamed. He also gave him a sum of money to provide for his neighbor’s future ration and instructed him to place it under his neighbor’s pillow or carpet so that he would not be humiliated. Ayatullah Bahrul Uloom declared that he would not eat until this task was completed.
The story ends with a powerful reminder from the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) that one cannot sleep contentedly while their neighbor sleeps hungry. Sayyed Jawad learned an important lesson about being aware of the suffering of those around him and taking action to help alleviate their difficulties
A BOX FULL OF KISSES
Once upon a time, there was a man who scolded his three-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. The man became infuriated when the little girl tried to decorate a box for Christmas because money was tight. The next morning, the little girl gave the gift box to her father, saying that it was for him. The man was embarrassed by his overreaction the day before, but he became angry again when he found out that the box was empty. He shouted at his daughter, saying that there was supposed to be something inside the present.
With tears in her eyes, the little girl looked up at her father and said that the box was not empty at all. She explained that she had blown kisses into the box, and they were all for her daddy. The father was deeply touched and embraced his daughter, begging for her forgiveness. Unfortunately, not long after this incident, the little girl passed away in an accident.
It is said that the father kept the gold box by his bed for many years. Whenever he felt discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss from the box and remember the love of his daughter who had placed it there. This story reminds us that each one of us has been given a container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our loved ones, including our children, family members, friends, and even God. This precious possession is worth more than any other material item we could ever own.
THE THREE COWS
There was a lush and verdant meadow where three cows lived harmoniously. One of them was white, the other black, and the third reddish-brown. They grazed together and slept near each other. One day, a hungry lion of the forest came upon the meadow and saw the cows. However, it couldn’t attack them because they were together. So the lion waited for them to separate.
But the cows continued to stick together, much to the lion’s frustration. Eventually, the lion came up with a plan. It approached the cows and greeted them, saying, “How are you, my friends? I have missed you, but I have been too busy to visit.” The reddish-brown cow thanked the lion for its visit, and the lion responded by saying that it had prepared a better pasture for them. The reddish-brown cow expressed gratitude, and the other cows were delighted too.
The reddish-brown cow’s friends, the white and black cows, were worried about it and tried to warn it about the lion’s true intentions. But the reddish-brown cow didn’t listen and became close to the lion. One day, the lion suggested eating the white cow to eliminate differences between them. The reddish-brown cow distracted the black cow while the lion killed the white cow. Later, the reddish-brown cow grazed around the lion while it was angry and uneasy. When the lion called, the cow answered obediently.
The lion spoke, “Our bodies are both reddish-brown, and black doesn’t match our color. It would be better if I eat the black cow so we can all be the same color.” The reddish-brown cow agreed and moved away from the black cow. The lion then attacked and devoured the black cow. The reddish-brown cow was filled with joy, thinking it was the only one with the color of the lion. Later, the lion roared for the reddish-brown cow and when it came forward, the lion said, “It’s your turn. I am going to eat you.” The reddish-brown cow pleaded, “Why sir? I did everything you said. Why do you want to eat me?” The lion replied, “Friend of a friendless! How can a lion make friends with a cow?” The cow begged for its life, but the lion attacked and the cow asked for three cries before being eaten. The lion allowed it, and the reddish-brown cow cried out, “I was eaten the day the white cow was eaten, the day the black cow was eaten, and the day I made a deal with you.” The lion devoured the reddish-brown cow and thought, “I’m done here. It’s time to go to other forests,” using the divide-and-rule policy.
A WHITE HAS NO SUPERIORITY OVER A BLACK
During a BA flight from Johannesburg to London, a white woman sitting next to a black man called the air hostess, saying: “You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat.” The hostess responded calmly, saying that there were no available seats in economy or business class, but that there was one seat available in first class. The hostess turned to the black man and said, “Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please take your hand luggage because a seat awaits you in the first class.” The other passengers were shocked and stood up to applaud.
This story is meant to combat racism, and it’s true. It’s important to remember that all people come from the same ancestors, Adam and Eve. No one race or ethnicity is better than another. The only thing that sets people apart is their level of piety and good deeds. Muslims should see each other as brothers and sisters and unite as one community.
GHULAMHUSSEIN AND THE GAME OF CHANCE
Ghulamhusein was a well-known social figure who loved to entertain guests from distant places. He lived in Moshi, a charming small town situated at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends on weekends, not for gambling, but for leisure and fun.
Once, while he was playing cards with his friends, his servant came to tell him that one of his guests was seriously ill and needed his immediate attention. Though he promised to go soon, he continued to play cards, fully engrossed in the game. The servant came twice more to inform him that the guest’s condition was getting worse and needed urgent attention. But Ghulamhusein refused to be disturbed, so he sent the servant back with the promise to come soon.
However, when the servant came for the third time, he told Ghulamhusein that the poor traveler from a far-off land had passed away. This news was a severe shock for him, and he realized the negative and addictive impact of indoor games like cards. From that moment, he vowed never to play such a game again.
This true story shows the harmful and addictive impact of card games, often played today for entertainment or gambling purposes. It also highlights the Islamic philosophy of forbidding such games to prevent them from being used for gambling.
A wise woman found a precious stone while traveling in the mountains. The next day, she met a hungry traveler and shared her food with him. The traveler saw the precious stone and asked for it, and the wise woman gave it to him without hesitation. The traveler left, happy to have the valuable stone, but he returned a few days later to give it back. He asked the woman to give him something more precious than the stone, which was what she had within her that enabled her to give it away so easily.
BANDAGE OF COMPLAINT!
A saint once saw a man wearing a bandage around his head and asked, “Why are you wearing a bandage?” The man replied, “Because I have a headache.” The saint then asked the man how old he was, to which the man replied, “Thirty.” The saint continued to ask if the man had been in pain and anguish for most of his life, to which the man said no. The saint then pointed out that for thirty years, the man had enjoyed good health and had never expressed gratitude for it. But now, because of one night of a headache, the man was complaining.
AN AGED STUDENT
A skilled artist named Sikaki made a beautiful inkpot and presented it to the king with the hope of receiving encouragement. While the king was impressed at first, he became distracted when a scholar entered the court and forgot about Sikaki and his artistry. This caused Sikaki to feel disappointed and hopeless.
He decided to search for his lost hopes in the world of knowledge, literature, and books. Although it was not easy for him to start from the beginning and study with young children, he had no choice. He got busy with his studies with great enthusiasm and zeal, but an incident occurred when he was unable to answer a question in an exam, causing people to laugh at him. Sikaki left the school and the town and went to the jungle.
While there, he saw a hole in a hard stone caused by the continuous falling of water and realized that continuous studying and hard work could not be ineffective. He returned and got busy with the attainment of knowledge and became one of the popular scholars of his time.
You never be too old to learn something new.
WEALTH – LOVE – SUCCESS
A woman saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not know them but invited them in for food. They asked if the man of the house was home, and when she said no, they declined. Later, when her husband came home, she told him what happened, and he asked her to invite them in.
When she did, the old men explained that they were Wealth, Success, and Love and could not enter the house together. The husband, wife, and daughter-in-law each wanted a different one to enter, but they ultimately decided on Love. When Love entered, Wealth and Success followed because they always accompany Love.
“Who are you?” asked the woman as she walked out of her house and saw three unfamiliar old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. “You must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat,” she kindly offered. “Is the man of the house home?” the old men inquired. “No, he’s not,” she replied. “Then we cannot come in,” they said. Later, when her husband returned home, the woman told him about the old men’s visit, and he urged her to invite them in. She did as he asked, and the old men explained that they were Wealth, Success, and Love and couldn’t enter the house together. After much discussion, they decided to invite Love, and to their surprise, Wealth and Success followed Love into the house.
LOVE AND TIME
In the past, there existed an island where all the emotions resided, including Love. One day, the island was threatened to sink, so everyone built boats and left, except Love who chose to stay until the end. When Love realized the danger, they sought help from various passing boats, but only an elder offered assistance. Upon reaching safety, Love asked another elder, Knowledge, who had helped, and was informed that it was Time who comprehended the worth of Love.
“I don’t know how else to say it, but once upon a time, all feelings lived on an island – Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and Love, among others. Then came a warning that the island would sink, so everyone built boats and departed except for Love. Love wanted to wait till the last moment before leaving, so when the time came, they sought help from boats passing by. Unfortunately, Richness and Vanity refused, while Sadness was too consumed with their own grief to help, and Happiness was too ecstatic to hear. But eventually, an elder rescued Love and led them to safety. Later, Love asked Knowledge who had come to their aid, and Knowledge replied that it was Time who understood Love’s worth.”
ALWAYS THANKFUL TO GOD
Arthur Ashe, the renowned Wimbledon player, was suffering from AIDS and received letters from fans all over the world. One letter asked, “Why did God choose you for such a terrible disease?” To which Ashe replied, “Five crore children start playing tennis, 50 lakh learn to play, 5 lakh become professional, 50,000 enter the circuit, 5,000 reach the Grand Slam, 50 make it to Wimbledon, 4 reach the semifinals, 2 make it to the finals. When I held the cup, I never asked God, ‘Why me?’ And now, in pain, I should not be asking God, ‘Why me?’ Be grateful to God for the 98% of good things in life.”
THE MAYONNAISE AND THE COFFEE
If life becomes overwhelming and there aren’t enough hours in the day, recall the mayonnaise jar analogy and the coffee. A philosophy professor used a large jar filled with golf balls, pebbles, sand, and coffee to illustrate that the golf balls represent the most important things in life, such as family, health, and passions, while the pebbles are things like jobs, houses, and cars, and the sand is everything else. Prioritize the golf balls first, and don’t waste time on insignificant matters.
The professor explained to the class that when life feels overwhelming, they should remember the mayonnaise jar analogy and the coffee. He demonstrated with the jar filled with golf balls, pebbles, sand, and coffee, explaining that the golf balls represent the most crucial aspects of life, while the pebbles are important, and the sand is everything else. He advised the students to prioritize the golf balls and not waste time on insignificant matters. When a student asked what the coffee meant, the professor said that it represents making time for friends no matter how busy life gets.
The story goes that a small town which had a “dry” history (no alcohol sold) saw a local businessman build a tavern. This worried a group of Christians from a nearby church, who held an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene. Soon after, the tavern was struck by lightning and burned down. The owner sued the church, but the church argued in court that they were not responsible. The judge observed that regardless of the outcome, it was clear that the tavern owner had faith in prayer while the Christians lacked it.
The story is about a small town that had never allowed the sale of alcohol. When a businessman built a tavern, a group of Christians held an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene. The tavern was struck by lightning and burned down. The owner sued the church, but the judge remarked that no matter the verdict, it was evident that the tavern owner believed in prayer, whereas the Christians did not.
LESSONS ON LIFE
The story is about a man who sends his four sons on a mission to look at a pear tree, each in a different season. When they return, each son has a different view of the tree based on the season they saw it in. The man tells his sons that just like you can’t judge a tree by one season, you can’t judge a person’s life by one difficult period.
The man had four sons and sent each of them to look at a pear tree in different seasons. When they returned, the first son said the tree was ugly, the second said it was full of promise, the third said it was beautiful and full of sweet blossoms, and the fourth said it was ripe and fruitful. The man explained to his sons that they couldn’t judge the tree or a person’s life by only one season, and to persevere through difficult times because better times will come.
If you quit during difficult times, you’ll miss out on the good times ahead. Don’t let one bad experience ruin your life. Don’t judge your life based on one challenging situation. Keep going through tough times because things will eventually get better.
THE ROSE WITHIN
A man planted a rose and tended to it carefully, but as he examined it before it bloomed, he saw thorns on the stem and questioned if a beautiful flower could come from such a plant.
Feeling disheartened, he stopped caring for the rose, and it eventually died. Similarly, many people only see the thorns, or faults, within themselves and neglect to nurture the good qualities planted within them.
To realize their potential, someone else must help them see the rose within themselves, accept them for who they are, and encourage them to overcome their faults.
This is an act of love and can help people blossom and thrive.
PUT THE GLASS DOWN!
Once, a professor asked his students how much a glass of water weighed. The students gave different answers, but the professor said he couldn’t know the weight unless he weighed it. Then he asked what would happen if he held the glass for a few minutes, an hour, or even a day. The students said that his arm would ache, become numb, or even paralyzed. The professor asked the students why the weight of the glass did not change, but his arm still got tired and sore.
One student suggested putting the glass down, and the professor agreed. The moral of the story is that life’s problems are like the glass of water. If we hold on to them for too long, they can weigh us down and cause stress and worry. But if we trust in Allah and put our problems down at the end of each day, we can wake up refreshed and ready to face any challenge.
So, let us remember to “put the glass down” and have faith in Allah to guide us through life’s challenges.
Don’t turn your life into a living hell by worrying too much. Best of luck!
MAY I NEVER GET TOO BUSY IN MY OWN AFFAIRS!
It’s about an old man who found himself waiting for a ride on a cold winter evening. The frigid north wind had made his body numb and stiff, and his beard was glazed by winter’s frost.
The old man watched as several horsemen rode by without stopping to offer him a ride. But finally, the last rider approached him, and the old man asked him for a ride across the river. The rider agreed and even took the old man to his destination, which was just a few miles away.
When the rider asked the old man why he waited for him instead of asking the other riders, the old man explained that he could tell by looking into the rider’s eyes that he was a kind and compassionate person who would be willing to help him in his time of need.
This story reminds us of the importance of showing kindness and compassion towards others, especially those who may be in need. As we go about our busy lives, it’s easy to overlook the needs of others. But if we take the time to look into their eyes and show them that we care, we can make a real difference in their lives.
So let’s strive to be like the kind and compassionate rider in this story. Let’s give preference to the needs of others over our own, as the Holy Quran teaches us to do. And may Allah guide us all on the path of kindness, compassion, and selflessness. Thank you for listening!
Oh Allah, please make me one of those people that the Holy Quran speaks about in Hashr 59:9 – those who prioritize the needs of others over their own needs, even when they are in need themselves. May I always have a selfless and giving heart, and may I strive to live my life in a way that brings happiness and comfort to those around me. Amen.
DON’T WE ALL
It’s about a man who was parked in front of a mall, waiting for his wife to finish work. He had just come from the car wash and was wiping off his car when he saw a homeless man coming towards him. From the looks of him, the homeless man had nothing – no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money.
The man thought to himself that he didn’t want to be bothered by the homeless man and hoped he wouldn’t ask him for any money. But the homeless man didn’t ask for anything. He just sat on the curb in front of the bus stop and watched the man wipe off his car.
After a few minutes, the homeless man spoke up and said, “That’s a very pretty car.” The man replied with a simple “Thanks” and continued working on his car. The homeless man just sat there quietly.
As they sat there in silence, the man started to feel a nudge inside of him to ask the homeless man if he needed help. He was sure that the homeless man would say yes, but he decided to listen to his inner voice and ask anyway. “Do you need any help?” he asked.
The homeless man replied with three simple but profound words that the man would never forget. He said, “Don’t we all?”
Those three words hit the man like a ton of bricks. He realized that no matter how much he had or how successful he was, he still needed help. He reached into his wallet and gave the homeless man enough money not only for bus fare, but also for a warm meal and shelter for the day.
The message of this story is that we all need help sometimes, no matter how much we have or how successful we are.
And even if we don’t have much to give, we can still give something – a kind word, a smile, or even just a listening ear. We never know when someone might need our help, and we should always be willing to offer it.
THE STRANGER IN THE GARDEN
Once upon a time, there was a man who had a beautiful garden with many fruit trees. He cared for the trees so that they would bear fruits, and he planned to sell them to make money for his family. One day, while he was picking fruits with his son, he saw a stranger on one of the branches, picking the fruits. The gardener was very angry and shouted at the stranger, asking what he was doing on his tree and accusing him of stealing.
The stranger didn’t reply but continued picking the fruits, and the gardener became even angrier. He insisted that the stranger had no right to take the fruits without his permission, but the stranger replied that he was the servant of God and had the right to pick the fruits from God’s garden. The gardener was surprised and thought of a plan.
He called his son and ordered him to tie the stranger to the tree with a rope. Then, the gardener took a stick and started beating the stranger, who cried out in pain and asked why he was being beaten. The gardener replied that he was also a servant of God and had nothing to fear, and that the stranger should not interfere with the work of God and his servant.
The stranger realized his mistake and asked for forgiveness, acknowledging that he should have sought permission before taking the fruits. The gardener forgave him and reminded him that every person is responsible for their own actions. He untied the stranger and let him go free.
The moral of the story is that we should always seek permission before taking something that belongs to someone else, and we should be responsible for our own actions. Even though we may feel entitled to something, we should remember that God has given us the ability to make our own choices and decisions.
TO TELL THE TRUTH
Once upon a time, there was a group of thirty students in a classroom. One day, something happened and the teacher found a broken piece of glass. She was very upset and demanded to know who had done it. Everyone was scared and tried to figure out who could have broken the glass. Then, the teacher held up the broken glass and asked again, “Who did this?”
One of the students, who had accidentally broken the glass while playing baseball, felt guilty but didn’t want to admit it. He worried about the consequences and the punishment he might receive. However, something inside him pushed him to raise his hand and confess, “I did it.” It was hard to say those words, but he knew it was the right thing to do.
The student expected the teacher to punish him, but instead, she surprised him by giving him a book about birds that he loved to read. She said that the book was now his and that he wouldn’t be punished because he had told the truth. The teacher reminded him that she was rewarding him not for his misdeed but for his honesty.
The student learned that honesty is always the best policy, even if it’s difficult. And sometimes, telling the truth can lead to unexpected rewards.
WHEN THE WINDS BLOW
let me tell you a story about a farmer who needed to hire a farmhand. He lived along the Atlantic seacoast where terrible storms would often come and damage crops and buildings. Many people were afraid to work there, so the farmer had trouble finding someone to help him.
Finally, a small and thin man came to apply for the job. The farmer asked him if he was a good farmhand, and the man replied, “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows.” The farmer didn’t really understand what that meant, but he was so desperate for help that he hired the man anyway.
The little man worked hard on the farm and the farmer was happy with his work. But one night, a big storm was coming and the farmer went to wake up the little man and told him to tie everything down so that it wouldn’t blow away. The little man just rolled over and said, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”
The farmer was really angry and thought about firing the little man. But when he went outside to prepare for the storm, he found that the little man had already tied everything down and secured the farm. The haystacks were covered, the animals were safe in the barn, and everything was tightly secured. The farmer realized that the little man meant he was prepared for the storm, so he went back to bed and slept while the wind blew.
The lesson we can learn from this story is that when we are prepared, we don’t need to be afraid. We can be spiritually, mentally, and physically ready for whatever challenges come our way. We can put our trust in God, our Prophet (SAW) and his Ahlul Byat (AS), and know that they will help us through any storms in our lives. Just like the little man who secured the farm, we too can be secure and at peace in the midst of life’s storms.
Once upon a time, there was a man who was climbing up a mountain. Unfortunately, as he was nearing the top, night fell and he couldn’t see anything. Suddenly, he slipped and began to fall at a great speed. The man was terrified as he fell, and he thought about all the good and bad moments of his life.
In the midst of this fear, the man felt a rope tied to his waist, and it pulled him hard, stopping his fall. Hanging in the air, the man cried out to God for help, and to his amazement, a voice from the sky answered him. The man begged God to save him, and God asked him if he really believed that He could save him. The man said he did, so God told him to cut the rope.
The man was afraid to let go of the rope, and he held onto it tightly. The next day, the rescue team found the man’s frozen body hanging from the rope, only one foot away from the ground.
This story teaches us to trust in God and never doubt His words. We should always hold onto our faith and not be afraid to let go of the things that are holding us back. Just as the man in the story was saved by his faith, we too can overcome our fears and obstacles by putting our trust in God.
let me tell you a story about a voyaging ship that was wrecked during a storm at sea. Only two men were able to swim to a small desert-like island. The two survivors agreed that they had no other recourse but to pray to God. However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island.
The first thing they prayed for was food. The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit. The other man’s parcel of land remained barren. After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife. The next day, another ship was wrecked, and the only survivor was a woman who swam to his side of the land. On the other side of the island, there was nothing.
Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, and more food. The next day, like magic, all of these were given to him. However, the second man still had nothing. Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island. The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island. He considered the other man unworthy to receive God’s blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.
As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from heaven booming, “Why are you leaving your companion on the island?” “My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them,” the first man answered. “His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything.”
But the voice rebuked him, saying, “You are mistaken! He had only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings.”
The first man asked the voice, “What did he pray for that I should owe him anything?”
“He prayed that all your prayers be answered,” the voice answered.
So, my dear students, this story teaches us that our blessings may not always come from our own prayers, but from the prayers of others who care for us. Let us be grateful for the blessings we have and remember to pray for others as well.
THE CLEVER KING!
Today I want to share a story with you that teaches us an important lesson about life. Once upon a time, there was a country where the people would change a king every year. The new king had to agree to a contract that after one year of being a king, he would be sent to a remote island and left there. One day, a young man who survived a recent shipwreck was picked up by the people and requested to be a king for a year. He agreed and was told about all the rules and regulations.
After three days of being a king, he asked the ministers if they could show him the island where all the other kings were sent. They agreed and took him to the island, where he discovered the dead bodies of all the past kings who had been killed by the vicious animals on the island. The young king didn’t want to suffer the same fate as the previous kings, so he decided to do something about it.
He went back to the country and collected 100 strong workers. He took them to the island and instructed them to clean the Jungle, remove all the deadly animals & cut down all excess trees. He would visit the island every month to see how the work was progressing. Over the months, the island turned into a beautiful place.
The young king wore simple clothes and spent very little from his earnings as a king. He sent all the earnings to the island for storage. When nine months passed like this, the king called the ministers and told them that he wanted to go to the island right away. But the ministers didn’t agree and said that he had to wait for another 3 months to complete the year.
Finally, after a year had passed, the people dressed up the young king and put him on an elephant to take him around the country to say goodbye to others. However, this king was unusually happy to leave the kingdom. When people asked him why he was laughing while all the other kings would cry at this moment, he replied, “Don’t you know what the wise people say? They say that when you came to this world as a baby, you were crying and everyone was smiling. Live such a life that when you die, you will be smiling and everyone around you will be crying. I have lived that life.”
The moral lesson from this story is that we should live our life to prepare for the life hereafter. We should not get lost into the deceiving and attractive things of this world and forget about what is to come in the afterlife. Rather, we should live a simple life and save all our enjoyments for the hereafter, just like our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Let’s remember this lesson and try to live our lives in a way that pleases Allah.
THE ILLUSION OF REFLECTION
Once upon a time, there was a king who had a beautiful diamond necklace that he had given to his daughter, the princess. However, the necklace was stolen and the people of the kingdom searched everywhere for it but couldn’t find it. The king decided to offer a reward of $50,000 to anyone who found it.
One day, a clerk was walking home along a polluted and smelly river in an industrial area when he saw something shimmering in the water. It was the diamond necklace! The clerk tried to catch it with his hand, but he missed. He tried again and even walked into the filthy river to catch it, but he still couldn’t get it. Feeling depressed, he was about to give up when a saint walked by and asked him what was wrong. The clerk didn’t want to tell him about the necklace because he thought the saint might take it, but he eventually told him everything.
The saint told the clerk to look up instead of down into the river, and there, on a tree branch, was the necklace. The clerk had been trying to catch a mere reflection of the necklace all along!
This story teaches us that material happiness is like the polluted river, and we can never truly find happiness by chasing after material things. Instead, we should look upwards towards God, who is the source of real happiness. Spiritual happiness is the only thing that can truly satisfy us.
BUILDING YOUR HOUSE
An elderly carpenter had worked hard his entire life and was ready to retire from the house-building business. He informed his employer-contractor about his plan to lead a more relaxed life with his wife and extended family, despite the fact that he would miss his weekly paycheck. The contractor was disappointed to lose such a skilled worker and asked him to build one more house as a personal favor.
The carpenter agreed to the request but lacked enthusiasm and dedication in his work. He resorted to using substandard materials and delivered low-quality workmanship, which was a sad way to end his devoted career.
Upon completion of the house, the contractor came to inspect the work and handed the front-door key to the carpenter as a gift, saying, “This is your house.”
The carpenter was stunned by the revelation that he had just built his own home. He regretted not putting his heart and soul into the project and wished he had done things differently.
The moral of the story is that our lives are like the houses we build, one day at a time. Often, we do not put in our best effort and later realize that we have to live in the house that we have constructed. If given another chance, we would do things differently. However, we cannot turn back time, and every decision we make adds another brick to the house we will live in tomorrow. Therefore, we should make wise choices and build our lives carefully, just like a skilled carpenter.
SAND AND STONE
Once upon a time, two friends were walking through the desert. During their journey, they had an argument, and one of the friends slapped the other in the face. The friend who had been slapped was hurt, but instead of reacting, he wrote in the sand, “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.”
The two friends continued their journey until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. However, the friend who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning. His best friend quickly jumped into the water and saved him from drowning. After the friend who had been saved recovered from the near-drowning, he wrote on a stone, “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.”
The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend was confused and asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, and now, you write on a stone, why?”
The friend who had been slapped replied, “When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where the winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”
This story teaches us a valuable lesson about forgiveness and gratitude. We should learn to forgive people who hurt us, and we should not hold onto the hurt forever. Instead, we should write it down in sand, allowing the winds of forgiveness to erase it away. On the other hand, we should engrave the good things people do for us in stone, as a constant reminder of the good deeds that have been done for us.
A TEACHER’S PROTEST!
In a secular school without designated prayer times or rooms, a teacher was interviewed and accepted by the administration. The teacher protested, questioning the long list of expectations for them, which included instilling a love of learning, pride in ethnicity, modifying disruptive behavior, recognizing signs of abuse, and even censoring clothing choices.
Additionally, they were expected to teach firm belief in God, patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship, and fair play, as well as offer guidance on registering to vote, managing finances, and applying for jobs. They were also responsible for maintaining a safe environment, recognizing antisocial behavior, writing recommendations for employment and scholarships, and communicating regularly with parents.
All this on a starting salary that would qualify them for food stamps, and yet they were expected not to pray, which was essential for their success according to the Quran. The teacher resigned, but the administrator recognized the importance of prayer and made arrangements for it in the school.
DO NOT DO EVIL TO ANYONE
This is a story about a man in Isfahan who used to beat his wife. One day, he accidentally killed her and became fearful of her relatives. In his anxiety, he asked an acquaintance for help, who advised him to behead a young man and place the severed head next to his wife’s corpse. He could then tell the wife’s relatives that he had caught them together and killed them both in a fit of rage.
The man followed the advice and beheaded a young man who passed by his house. He then summoned the wife’s relatives and told them the false story. Later, the man who had given the advice found out that his own teenage son had not come home that day. When he went to ask the man he had advised, he was shown the dead bodies and realized that the youth he had killed was his own son.
The moral of the story is that those who plot evil against others often end up suffering the consequences of their own actions. This is a common theme in history and is reflected in the saying, “One who digs a hole for his brother, Allah throws him headlong into it.”
PUPPIES FOR SALE
This is a story about a farmer who was selling some puppies. As he was putting up a sign to advertise the puppies, a little boy approached him and asked to buy one. The farmer hesitated, saying that the puppies were expensive, but the boy showed him the coins he had and asked if it was enough to take a look. The farmer agreed and called out to the mother dog, who was followed by her puppies, including a smaller runt. The boy immediately pointed to the runt and said he wanted it. The farmer warned the boy that the runt would not be able to run and play like the other dogs, but the boy explained that he also had a disability and that he understood what it was like to not be able to run well. The story concludes with the moral that there are many people in the world who need someone who understands them.
The story tells of a jobless man who applied for the position of an office boy at a big firm. After being interviewed and passing a test, he was offered the job, but when asked for his email address, he replied that he didn’t have one. The HR manager refused to hire him, stating that without an email, he didn’t exist. The man left, feeling hopeless, but decided to buy a crate of tomatoes and sell them door to door. He repeated the process and soon became a successful food retailer in the US, with his own fleet of delivery vehicles. When he decided to get life insurance and was asked for his email, he realized that his success had been possible without the internet and that having an email would have limited his potential. The moral of the story is that hard work and determination can lead to success and that the internet is not the solution to everything.
ONE BEDROOM FLAT
The author, who had always dreamed of living in the UK, moved there after completing his medical education and working for a few years. He planned to return to India after saving enough money to provide for his family, but after a few years, he became homesick and decided to get married in India during his brief visit home. He returned to the UK with his new wife, but they struggled with loneliness and financial difficulties. They had two children but were unable to visit India often due to work and financial constraints. Eventually, the author’s parents passed away, and he realized that he had sacrificed time with them and his children for material possessions. After many years, he returned to India, but his wife had already passed away, and his children were living in different countries. He realized that the pursuit of material success and a better life had come at a great cost, and he was left with a sense of emptiness and regret.
THEY ARE NOT IN NEED OF YOUR PRESENTS…!
The story is about A’bdullah Ibn Masud, who was a close companion of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and had become a devout and honorable follower of Islam. During the caliphate of Hazrat U’thman, he fell ill and eventually passed away. When Hazrat U’thman visited him, he found Ibn Masud in distress and asked what was bothering him. Ibn Masud replied that he was distressed about his sins and wished for God’s mercy.
Hazrat U’thman offered to call a doctor or to give him gifts from the Public Treasury, but Ibn Masud declined, saying that when he was in need, Hazrat U’thman had not helped him, and now that he was not in need, he did not need the gifts. He told Hazrat U’thman that he had instructed his daughters to recite the chapter Al-Waaqiah every night, as Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had said that one who recites this chapter every night will never be afflicted by poverty.
The story emphasizes the importance of seeking God’s mercy and relying on His blessings rather than worldly possessions.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!
My mother uses this expression a lot. How in the world could Mother describe them as beautiful, I used to ponder. I am a rational, analytical person. I give things names.
like I see them. Beauty was absent to me.
People could feel my mother’s delight when she spoke of this. She had integrity. She wasn’t complimenting them because she wanted something from them. Most of the time, they were attempting to influence her in some way.
Years went by as I pondered what was wrong with Mother’s vision and perception.
She was able to observe that none of the persons she described as lovely were indeed gorgeous.
You could only be considered attractive if you had a specific face and body type as defined by the laws of the world and glamour. Yet, as my mother talked, everyone grinned as if they had been named one of the year’s most attractive individuals by Glamour magazine.
Years passed before I finally realized what my mother meant when she said that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” My mother possessed a spirit that could recognize a person’s attractiveness. Most people just examine the surface before comparing what they discover to the norms that the outside world has set. I was acting in that manner. Examine the first person you see and notice how beautiful they are when you leave your house today.
They may be balding, fat, wrinkled, pimply, or any of the other things the world frowns upon as
beauty. Look at them closely and look for the beauty. If you really look, you’ll see it.
I didn’t believe that at first until I tried it. Sure enough, as I stared and opened another set of eyes,
I was able to see the beauty in every person. No matter how rough or worn a person looked, each
pain etched line held a glimpse of beauty.
All you had to do was search for the beauty. I can see it. Look everyone closely when you leave your house this morning. You’ll begin to appreciate everyone’s beauty, even those you didn’t know existed. Try this, and believe me. You can see it if you really look for it. Look in the mirror when you go home after admiring the beauty of the people you see. You are gorgeous. Mama, I appreciate all the beauty you have added to as well as observed. Be like a honey bee, which always lands on lovely blossoms, she used to advise me.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Indeed Allah is Beautiful and He loves beauty.” In other place
he (SAW) says: “A believer is beautiful because Allah has given him beautiful characters.”
Holy Quran emphasizes on remembering the beautiful things Allah (SWT) has created and praise
them profusely. “And as for the blessing of your Lord, do announce it.” (93:11)
Allah (SWT) Himself remembers and praises the good creations He has created; among them is His
beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW): “And He exalted your praise (O Muhammad).” (94:4)
“Indeed Allah and His Angels are sending blessings upon the Prophet. O you who believe, send
blessings upon him (you as well) and salute him with a (becoming) salutation.” (33:56)
Dear readers, you are beautiful. May Allah’s beautiful blessings be upon you always.
A man emerged from his house to show off his brand-new truck.
He was perplexed to see that his son, who was three, was enthusiastically bashing dents into the truck’s beautiful paint.
The father sprinted over to his son, pushed him aside, and then beat the boy’s hands into mush as a form of discipline.
The father hurried his son to the hospital as soon as he calmed down. Despite the doctor’s valiant efforts to salvage the broken bones, he ultimately had to amputate the boy’s fingers from both hands.
The little patient stated innocently, “Daddy, I’m sorry about your truck,” after he saw his bandaged stubs when he first awoke after the operation. But when will my fingers grow back, he then queried.
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The next time someone steps on your toes or you feel like getting even, consider this tale.
Before you lose your patience with someone you love, stop and think. The trucks can be fixed. Damaged bones and wounded emotions frequently cannot.
We frequently fail to distinguish between the person and the performance. We fail to recognize that mercy triumphs over vengeance.
Errors are made by people. We are entitled to make errors. But, the things we do while we’re angry will follow us around forever. Make a mental pause. Act with thought first. Be tolerant. Let go and go on.
I love you all.
THE FATHER AND HIS SONS
A father had a brood of sons who were constantly fighting with one another. He made the decision to give them a real-world example of the harms of disunity when his exhortations failed to end their conflicts.
One day he asked them to fetch him a bundle of sticks for this reason.
Once they had completed this, he gave the faggot to each of them in turn and instructed them to shatter it into bits. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to succeed. The sticks were then removed one by one from the faggot and placed back into his boys’ hands, where they were quickly broken.
“My boys, if you are of one mind, and combine to assist one other, you will be as this faggot, unharmed by all the endeavors of your foes. But if you are divided among yourself, you will be broken as quickly as these sticks,” he said after that.
There is power in union. Together we stand; divided we fall.
A SENSE OF A GOOSE
As autumn approaches and you see geese flying south in a V-formation, consider the science behind why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird behind it. Flying in a V-formation adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. This demonstrates the power of community and shared direction in achieving goals more efficiently.
If a goose falls out of formation, it experiences the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are heading the same way we are.
Geese also take turns leading the flock, demonstrating the importance of sharing demanding jobs. They honk from behind to encourage those in front to keep up their speed, sending a message of support and encouragement.
Finally, if a goose becomes sick or wounded and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with it to provide help and protection until it is able to fly again or until it passes away. This shows the importance of standing by one another in times of need.
Overall, the behavior of geese demonstrates the power of community, shared direction, teamwork, and support. If we have the sense of a goose, we will embrace these qualities and work together to achieve our goals.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
One evening, a friend of mine was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset when he saw another man in the distance. As he got closer, he noticed that the man kept picking up starfish that had washed up on the beach and throwing them back into the water. This puzzled my friend, so he approached the man and asked him what he was doing. The man explained that he was trying to save the starfish because if he didn’t, they would die from lack of oxygen.
My friend pointed out that there were thousands of starfish on the beach and that the man couldn’t possibly save them all. He also noted that this was probably happening on hundreds of other beaches up and down the coast, so the man’s efforts might seem futile. However, the local native smiled, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the ocean. He replied, “Made a difference to that one!”
The man’s actions were a reminder that even small acts of kindness and compassion can make a difference in the world. It doesn’t matter if we can’t solve all the problems in the world or help every person in need. What matters is that we try to make a positive impact wherever we can, even if it’s just for one person or one starfish. Every little bit counts, and every act of kindness can create a ripple effect that spreads further than we can imagine.
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