man said, "Dip a cup into an ocean, how much water can you hold in one
cup? The water in that one cup is equivalent to ALL your worldly
problems, the water left in the ocean is equivalent to the problems
you will face in akherat. Now, tell me, which problem is greater?" The
old man sat, stunned, unable to reply.
times we come across individuals who take religion and religious
activity lightly. They often mock at people who try to practise
religious tenets. Similarly they treat the religion.
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) in one of his saying stopped people from four
things, as these things cause the heart to die, he said : "There are
four things which cause the heart to die: 1) Commiting sins, one after
the other, 2) Talking much with women, 3) Disputing with a fool, 4)
Assouiating with the dead," Those present said "0 Prophet of Allah! who
are the dead?" The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) replied "The rich who have
Proud to be you?
ago, there lived a very proud King. This King loved a specific perfume
and never went anywhere without putting it on. One day as he proudly
applied the perfume, a tiny droplet fell to the ground. Unable to
resist, the King touched the droplet and wiped it on his clothes. Just
then, as he looked around him, he realized that his minister was
watching him in amazement. Guilty and embarrassed, the King ordered him
to build a pool of the same perfume. The minister only replied “Your
Majesty, what goes away with a drop cannot be replaced by constructing a
pool.” The King’s pride decreased by his actions (imagine, a King so
high and might running after a tiny droplet.)
A heavy-built man was passing through
the market of Kufa, his step was firm and assured. He had a fine
physique and sun-burnt face; encounters of the battle-field had left
their marks on him and the corner of one of his eyes was slit. A
shop-keeper, to amuse his friends, threw a handful of sweepings onto the
man. The man continued his walk in the same assured and firm manner,
without raising an eye-brow or looking towards the shop-keeper. When he
went away, a friend of the shop-keeper said:
For the guidance of mankind, Allah
honored four famous Prophets by revealing to them four Holy Books as
1) Taurat to Prophet Musa (Moses):
During the olden times, people
everywhere used to carve stones and make idols for worship. These
statues were considered as gods, and people bowed and prayed before
them. Namrud, the King of Babylonia, was once informed by his
astrologers that someone was going to be born who would destroy his
kingdom. He would teach people another religious concept: that of
worshipping none but only one God.
Hercules and Islam
Arabia, during the time of the Holy
Prophet Muhammad (s), was a country without any central authority. It
was a country far from the civilized nations of those days.
At the time Prophet Muhammad (s) was
spreading Islam; asking people to turn away from worshipping idols to
worshipping Allah, the Almighty, the All-Knower, the Master.
As an example an incident is quoted
from the book "Faraz Baadashshuda" :
A rich businessman says, `I was
travelling for Hajj and had 3000 dinars and gold and silver ornaments
with me. I had tied them up in a bag attached to my cummerbund. But I
dropped this bag when I went to answer the call of nature. I had
proceeded many miles further, when I realized my bag was missing. I had
a lot of wealth. So I did not find it imperative to go back and look for
my money and nor was it possible to return.
One of such fortunate person was a Jew
at the time of the battle of Uhud. His name was `Makhreeq'.
He addressed his tribesmen as follows:
"You are not aware that Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) is the truthful and the
promised Prophet." They replied, "How do you know we are not aware?"
"Then why don't you come for his help?" he asked. The tribe said. "Today
is Saturday (sabbath)." He said, "But that was at the time of Hadhrat
Musa (a.s.), it is abrogated by the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) and is not
acceptable to him."
The age of Hadhrat Zakaria (a.s.) was
ninety nine years and that of his wife eighty nine. Yet, he was hopeful
of the grace of Allah and he prayed with sincerity, "He said:
My Lord! Surely my bones were weakened
and my head flares with hoariness, and my Lord! I have never been
unsuccessful in my prayer to Thee: And surely I fear my cousins after
me, and my wife is barren, therefore grant me from Thyself an heir, who
would inherit me and inherit from the children of Yaqub, and make him,
my Lord, one in whom Thou art well pleased."
Hadhrat Ibrahim (a.s.) was one hundred
and twelve years and according to another report one hundred and twenty
years. His respected wife Hadhrat Sarah was ninety seven years. They did
not have any children. Allah sent to them an Angel to inform them that
they would be gifted with a son. "And his wife was standing (by), so
she laughed, then We gave her the good news of Ishaaq and after Ishaaq
of (a son's son) Yaqub."
The fire ignited by the order of
Namrood to burn Ibrahim (a.s.) was made bereft of its burning property,
by Allah. It is said, that the fire was so intense that birds flying at
a height of three miles used to be scorched by the heat and drop dead.