Story 1: The Ungrateful Human Being
One day, a man climbed up a tree.
All of a sudden, a strong wind started to blow when he was on one of the top branches. He was so scared that he felt his heart in his mouth. He raised his head to the sky and prayed: “Oh great God, I promise to sacrifice all my sheep for your cause if I can safely climb down this tree.”
“Oh, it seems the wind is not blowing so hard anymore! I think it would be alright, God, if I gave away my sheep’s wool for Your cause. Oh, it seems that the wind is becoming weaker and weaker. God, I shall give away their whey if I reach the ground safe and sound.
“Oh, that wild wind has turned into a breeze now and I’ve reached the ground quite safely.”
‘What was I saying....sheep, wool, whey? What whey? What wool? Who will lose them all? A fool!”
The moral of this story is to be grateful to God for all of the blessings in one’s life-in times of difficulty and in times of need. As well, it is a reminder to always fulfill the promises one makes to God.
Second 2: Insha Allah
A man was heading for the market with enough money to buy a donkey. On the way, he saw one of his friends.
“Where are you going?” asked the friend.
“I’m going to the market to buy a donkey.”
“Say ‘Insha Allah’ (God willing) before you hope to do anything,” advised the friend.
“Come on, no need to say that. My money is right here with me and there are a lot of donkeys in that market,” replied the man.
His friend only shrugged and didn’t say anything more. The man began walking towards the market. On the way, a thief stole his money bag and he didn’t find out until he had reached the market. All of a sudden, he realized that his money was gone and he had no choice but to go back home. On the way he saw his friend again.
“Where are you coming from? What happened?”asked the friend.
“I’m coming from the market, InshAllah! I was robbed of my money, InshaAllah!”
The moral of this story is to always remember to praise God for the countless blessings in one’s life. It is a lesson which shows us that we must never be boastful because we are unaware of our future. Therefore, instead of being boastful we should be humble.
I hope that we all benefit from these little reminders, inshAllah.