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Re: ~*~A collection of Islamic Stories~*~
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2008, 05:44:39 AM »
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  • THE ONE GOOD HOUR


    There was once a hard-hearted moneylender who always charged his debtors usurious interest. To collect a debt from a poor farmer, he went one day to the farmer’s village and told him roughly:


    “The time has come to pay me. Give me the money I lent you, plus all the interest”.

    The sum was so large, when the unfair interest was added, that the farmer could not possibly pay it. “Reduce the interest,” he said. “It is unjust and far too much. Reduce it to a normal charge and then I can repay you”.

    To this argument the moneylender turned a deaf ear. Compassion and pity were things that had no place in his avaricious life. “I see you will not pay me,” he told the farmer. “You force me then, to attach all your cattle and your grain. This I shall do at once”.

    Outraged the farmer shouted: “Take your luggage and leave my compound this very minute! You have a heart of stone”.

    In the small villages, such as the one the farmer lived in, there were no coolies to carry the moneylender’s luggage, and the farmer had no wish to try to find someone who would be willing to carry it. Far too proud to carry it himself, the moneylender stood looking at the ground and wondering what to do.

    As it happened, a Sufi was sitting nearby in meditation. But he had heard all that had gone on, and now spoke to the purse-proud moneylender.

    “Sir”, he said humbly, “I will be glad to carry your luggage for you. But it would please me, if you would agree to one condition. This condition is that either you will talk to me in praise of the Lord or you will listen to me, as I speak of love and devotion to the Lord”.

    To this the moneylender agreed at once; for it would be easy enough to listen to the Sufi and would require no effort on his part. The Sufi thereupon picked up the luggage and, as they walked to the moneylender’s village and house, he spoke all the way of the Lord and His goodness.

    Putting down the luggage at the moneylender’s house, the Sufi said: “I would like to tell you something of importance, and that is, that within a few days’ time you are destined to die. I can see that you have not done a single good deed throughout your life, except for the single hour just past, which you spent in the company of a friend of God and listening to his spiritual discourse”.

    “Now listen carefully,” the Sufi continued. “When you die, the angels of death will come to you and ask if you wish to enjoy the fruit of this one good hour at once, or later on. Tell them that you wish to enjoy it at once, and ask them to take you to the Sufi to whose spiritual discourse you listened for one hour. Thereafter keep silent and simply watch what takes place”.

    A few days later the moneylender died, the angels took him to the Lord of Judgement and the record of his good and bad deeds was examined. The one and only good deed was the hour during which he had listened to the Sufi. When the angels asked if he would like to enjoy the fruit of this good deed at once or later on, the moneylender, remembering the Sufi’s advice, said: “I would like to enjoy the fruit at once. Please take me to the Sufi with whom I spent the one good hour”.

    Accordingly the angels brought him to the Sufi, who was meditating on the goodness of Allah. Feeling immensely grateful for what had happened the moneylender told the Sufi: “Please accept my thanks for all your kindness. But I know that this time with you will soon come to an end and I am afraid of the angels of death who are waiting for me outside”.

    The Sufi heard him, but continued to meditate on the Lord and said nothing. Thereafter, both the Sufi and the moneylender sat for a long time in intense bliss until at last the fruit of the one good hour came to an end. When that came about, the angels of death called to the moneylender to leave the Sufi and come to them. But he did not move, for the Sufi was meditating on the Lord and as long as the meditation continued the angels could not come near. Discomfited, the angels went back to the Lord of Judgement and told him what had happened.

    In solemn tones the Lord of Judgement spoke: “Give up the moneylender as lost to us, for neither you nor I can now approach him. The spiritual discourse and meditation of a Sufi are so powerful that none of us can overcome it”.
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.


                                       ------Baba Farid

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    « Reply #16 on: April 30, 2008, 09:50:02 AM »
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  • Om Sai Ram~~~

    The Friend of God~~~

    Abraham (AS) in a time of dearth sent to a friend of his in Egypt for a supply of corn, but the friend denied him saying, in his excuse, that though there was a famine in their own country also, yet, had it been for Abraham's own family, he would have sent what he desired. But he knew he wanted it only to entertain his guests, and give away to the poor, according to his usual hospitality.

    The servants, whom Abraham (AS) had sent on this message, being ashamed to return empty, to conceal the matter from their neighbors, filled their sacks with fine white sand, which in the East pretty much resembles meal. Abraham (AS), being informed by his servants on their return, of their ill success, the concern he was under threw him into a sleep.

    In the meantime, Sarah, knowing nothing of what had happened, opening one of the sacks, found good flour in it, and immediately set to making bread. Abraham (AS), awaking, and smelling the new bread asked her whence she had the flour. "Why", said she, "from your friend in Egypt." "Nay", replied the patriarch, "It must have come from no other than my friend God almighty."


    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    Re: ~*~A collection of Islamic Stories~*~
    « Reply #17 on: July 23, 2008, 07:46:16 AM »
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  • The Prophet Mohammad(SAW) & his companions Real Life Story

     SACRIFICE OF THE LAMB : Just as the Prophet (S.A.W.), and his companions landed from their rides, and
    laid the loads down, it was decided that they would sacrifice a lamb for dinner.

    One of the companions volunteered: "I will sacrifice the lamb." Another: "I will skin it." Third: "I will cook it."
    Fourth: " I will...." The Prophet (S.A.W.): "I will gather the wood from the desert."

    The group: "O Messenger of Allah, it is not becoming of you to discomfort yourself as such. You rest. We will be honored to do all this on our own."

    The Prophet (S.A.W.): "I know that you are eager to do it all, but Allah isn't pleased with the slave who distinguishes between himself and his companions, and considers himself better than others."

    Then he went to the desert, and gathered some wood, and brought it to the group.
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.


                                       ------Baba Farid

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    « Reply #18 on: July 23, 2008, 08:00:26 AM »
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  • Anas Malik was one of the companions who had served the Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.) for many years. He therefore knew the Prophet's habits very well.

    When Hadhrat Muhammed (S.A.W.) observed a fast, he usually broke it with milk and dates, and in the small hours of the night, he would take simple food for his sahar.

    One day, Anas knew that the Prophet (S.A.W.) was fasting; so he arranged for his iftar. He kept the milk and dates ready. At the time of iftar the Prophet (S.A.W.) did not appear, for the breaking of the fast. Anas thought that the
    Prophet (S.A.W.) might have accepted an invitation and broken his fast elsewhere. So Anas ate the food himself and retired.

    When Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.) entered the house with another companion, Anas inquired from the companion whether the Prophet (S.A.W.) had already eaten. The Prophet (S.A.W.) had been dealing with some urgent work and was delayed, and he had not eaten. Anas felt so ashamed.

    There was nothing left he could offer to the Prophet (S.A.W.), if he asked for food. Still he waited expectantly, ready to explain the situation to the Prophet (S.A.W.). Hadhrat Muhammed (S.A.W.) immediately sensed that Anas was hesitant, so he remained silent and retired to bed hungry.

    Anas used to say: "The Messenger of God never mentioned this incident during his lifetime to anyone."
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.


                                       ------Baba Farid

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    Re: ~*~A collection of Islamic Stories~*~ The Cure For Everything
    « Reply #19 on: September 02, 2008, 04:27:12 AM »
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  • Imam Bukhari, who was one of the greatest compilers of ahadith, became blind at a young age. He had recourse to many famous and skilled doctors of his time but their treatments made no difference. His mother was a pious worshipper and a righteous woman. She cried out for help in the court of Allah the Almighty, for her child and begged for the restoration of his eyesight. At last, "the river of mercy flowed over her," and Almighty Allah accepted her invocation. One night, she visited Ibrahim alayhis-salam in a dream and was told, "Allah has restored the sight of your son because of your intense and beautiful invocations." In the morning, as Imam Bukhari got up from his bed, glimmers of light reached out into his eyes. That is, his eyesight was fully restored.

    Source: From the biography of Imam Bukhari
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.


                                       ------Baba Farid

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    Re: ~*~A collection of Islamic Stories~*~How Kind Is Allah
    « Reply #20 on: September 02, 2008, 04:43:29 AM »
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  • There lived an idolator in the past who made an idol out of stone and would worship it everyday. He would call it upon it by saying "Ya Sanam." For seventy years, he worshipped this idol. One day by mistake he uttered "Ya Samad" instead of Ya Sanam. Samad is a name of Allah which means The Self Sufficient Master. Allah Ta'ala immediately replied back to this idolator by saying "I am present oh My slave." The angels asked Allah why He replied to him since he didn't even call upon Him intentionally. Allah told the angels that for seventy years I have been waiting for this servant of mine to turn towards Me!

    If a mother has only one child then how much would she love him? He would be the coolness of her eyes and the comfort of her heart. But if this son calls her saying "Mommy" more than four or five times, she would get irritated eventhough she loves him more than her ownself. On the other hand, when we call Allah once, He replies back to us 70 times by saying "Labbaik Ya Abdi (I am here oh My slave)." How unfortunate we are that we have not recognized our Allah who is so Kind, Merciful and Forgiving.
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.


                                       ------Baba Farid

     


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