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The Carpenter Tell a Friend
A highly skilled carpenter who had grown old was ready to retire. He told his employer-
contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life
with his family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire.
The employer was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one
more house as a personal favor. The carpenter agreed to this proposal but made sure that
this will be his last project. Being in a mood to retire, the carpenter was not paying much
attention to building this house. His heart was not in his work. He resorted to poor
workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.
When the job was done, the carpenter called his employer and showed him the house.
The employer handed over some papers and the front door key to the carpenter and said
"This is your house, my gift to you."
Our situation can be compared to this carpenter. Allah Ta'la has sent us to this world to build our homes in paradise by obeying His commands. Now, we have to decide how well we wish to build the homes where we will live forever.
A World of Smile Tell a Friend
About ten years ago when I was an undergraduate in college, I was working as an intern
at my University's Museum of Natural History. One day while working at the cash
register in the gift shop, I saw an elderly couple come in with a little girl in a wheelchair.
As I looked closer at this girl, I saw that she was kind of perched on her chair. I then realized she had no arms or legs, just a head, neck and torso. She was wearing a little white dress with red polka dots.
As the couple wheeled her up to me I was looking down at the register. I turned my head
toward the girl and gave her a wink. As I took the money from her grandparents, I looked
back at the girl, who was giving me the cutest, largest smile I have ever seen. All of a
sudden her handicap was gone and all I saw was this beautiful girl, whose smile just
melted me and almost instantly gave me a completely new sense of what life is all about.
She took me from a poor, unhappy college student and brought me into her world; a
world of smiles, love and warmth.
That was ten years ago. I'm a successful business person now and whenever I get down and think about the troubles of the world, I think about that little girl and the remarkable lesson about life that she taught me.
The Sight of Kabah Tell a Friend
One never tires of gazing at the sight of the House of Allah, the Kaa'ba. The site upon
which the mercy and blessings of Allah are constantly descending. There is truly nothing
comparable to the House of Allah on this Earth. People wish time would stand still so
they could keep gazing at the Kaa'ba; their thirst is never quenched, rather it increases.
Once, while on a visit to Washington, people told me that a woman had accepted Islam
and had some questions for me. They told me that many non-practicing Muslim women
had started practicing again due to her. At prayer time she would dress in her best clothes
as if readying herself for someone special, and would become oblivious to everything
around her as soon she started praying.
After a brief question and answer session, I asked her what prompted her to accept Islam.
She sighed and started explaining; "I was a Jew and my husband was a Christian who
was posted in Saudi Arabia for some technical work. Everyday I used to see Muslim men
and women dressed in white on their way somewhere. I asked my husband where they
were going and he told me that they go to perform pilgrimage at the Muslim shrine of
Kaa'ba. I expressed a desire to go but he told me that non-Muslims were not allowed.
However, I was determined and so we both bought white clothes and set out. Fortunately
no one stopped us and we reached Makkah, from where we found directions to the
Kaa'ba. Upon seeing the Kaa'ba our eyes froze and time seemed to stand still. When we
turned to look at each other after some time, we were both crying. With our eyes we told
each other that this was the Truth and we should accept Islam. No one ever told me about
Islam, but there were so many blessings descending on that House that they changed my
The blessings of Tawhid descend in Makkah, and the blessings of Prophethood descend
in Madinah. One has seen nothing in life if he has not seen these two holy sites. May
Allah give all Muslims the opportunity to visit to His House.
Hachiko was born in 1923 and was owned by Eisaburo Ueno, a professor in the
agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. The professor used to take a train from
the Shibuya Station every day to go to the university. Each day Hachiko accompanied the
professor to the train station when he left for work. Upon returning, the professor would
find the dog patiently waiting for his master and wagging its tail. This happy routine
continued until one fateful day in 1925, when the professor was taken ill on the job and
unfortunately died before he could return home. As usual, the dog waited at the train
station that day for his master to return back. However, seeing that he wasn\u2019t coming
back, Hachiko waited till night fell and retuned back home. The next day Hachiko went
back to the train station again, waiting for his master to come back. He patiently waited
till sunset and then retuned back home. The dog was so devoted to the professor that he
continued to visit the train station everyday for the next 10 years! The people who passed
the loyal dog each day were so touched by his story that they erected a statue in his honor
Dear readers, we should take a lesson from this story for ourselves. By reciting the
kalimah of Tawheed, all of us have taken an oath to be loyal to our Master, Allah Ta\u2019ala.
Now, we should look deep into ourselves and check to see how much love we really have
for Allah in our hearts.
A Thousand Camels Tell a Friend
In the times of Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) there was a severe famine. All the people of
Madinah were suffering due to the shortage of food. A caravan made up of a thousand
camels loaded with a large stock of food grains belonging to Uthman (Radiallahu Anhu)
arrived from Shaam (Syria). Several merchants offered to buy all of it. He asked them
what profit they would pay. \u201cFive per cent,\u201d they said. He answered that he could get
higher profit than that. They began to argue with him, saying that they did not know of
any merchant who would offer him more than their quote. He said to them, \u201cI know of
one who repays a profit of more than seven hundred to a dirham (Arabian currency).\u201d He
then recited the verse of the Noble Quran in which Allah Ta\u2019ala mentioned this profit.
\u201cThe likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a
grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives
manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures'
Dear readers, what ever we give for the sake of Allah is really ours and whatever we keep
with us will one day be someone else\u2019s. Let us follow the footsteps of our Prophet and the
pious Sahabah, with whom Allah was pleased with, by helping the needy ones in this
blessed month of Ramadan.
A young man, a student in one of the universities, was one day taking a walk with a
Professor, who was commonly called the student's friend, from his kindness to those who
waited on his instructions.
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