They have learned to feed each other

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said,” Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.
The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, “You have seen Hell.”
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The holy man said, “I don’t understand”.” It is simple said the Lord, “it requires only one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other. While the greedy think only of themselves.”

Moral:
-Its people’s attitude that makes our place of work, a hell or heaven to them!!
-‘Help and Seek Help’ this makes all the difference to each individual’s life…and makes our lives hell or otherwise.
-Success and happiness is all about effective team-work…..make it a great place to work..
 

The Right hand

An old man, probably some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the park bench. He didn’t move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands. When I sat down beside him he didn’t acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if he was ok.  

Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if he was ok. He raised his head and looked at me and smiled. Yes, I’m fine, thank you for asking, he said in a clear strong voice. I didn’t mean to disturb you….but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were ok I explained to him. Have you ever looked at your hands he asked. I mean really looked at your hands? I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point he was making.   

Then he smiled and related this story:

Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years.

These hands, though wrinkled, shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life.

They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the floor.

They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back.

As a child my mother taught me to hold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots.

They dried the tears of my children and caressed the love of my life.

They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent.

They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son.

They wrote the letters home and trembled and shook when I buried my parents and spouse. Yet, they were strong and sure when I dug my friend out of a foxhole and lifted a plow off of my best friends foot.

They have held children, consoled neighbors, and shook in fists of anger when I didn’t understand.

They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body.  

They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw. And to this day when not much of anything else of me works real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to open in prayer.

These hands are the mark of where I’ve been and the ruggedness of my life.

But more importantly it will be these hands that will receive, The Book of deeds. I look, ponder and pray that MY RIGHT HAND is blessed the fortune of receiving the trials of this life ie. MY BOOK OF DEEDS with this RIGHT HAND (Which will be given to everyone on the Day of Judgment for all his deeds done in this World as a record of all his actions. As for those who will be given the book of deeds in their right hand, they would read it expecting to receive God’s Mercy and such would not be wronged or dealt a whit unjustly and they will be given their reward in full (as promised by Allah). Please refer to the below verse. 

No doubt I will never look at my hands the same again. I never saw the old man again after I left the park that day but I will never forget him and the words he spoke. When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my children and wife I think of the man in the park.  

 I, too, want to RECEIVE MY BOOK OF DEEDS WITH MY RIGHT HAND—-

I am trying to be worthy of it by preparing for it now……..  O MY PERFECT AND GENEROUS GOD ! I make shukr (Thanks) for these hands. 

“(And remember) the Day when We shall call together all human beings with their (respective) Imam (their Prophets, or their records of good and bad deeds, or their Books like the Quran, the Taurat (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel), etc.). So whosoever is given his record in his right hand, such will read their records, and they will not be dealt with unjustly in the least.” (Qur’an 17:71 )

What goes round,comes round! Very true!

One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn’t look safe; he looked poor and hungry.

He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was those chills which only fear can put in you.

He said, “I’m here to help you, ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.”

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, “And think of me.”

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn’t erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan.

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: “You don’t owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.”

Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard….

She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, “Everything’s going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.”

There is an old saying “What goes around comes around.” Today, I sent you this story and I’m asking you to pass it on… Let this light shine

Always Speak the Truth

Telling the truth is a very good habit. If you always speak the truth, you can save yourselves from lots of trouble!

Here is the story of a man, who did a lot of bad things, but his promise to tell the truth saved him.This is a true story, so read it carefully.

Once a man came to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and said, “Oh Prophet of Allah, I have many bad habits. Which one of them should I give up first?”

The Prophet said, “Give up telling lies first and always speak the truth.” The man promised to do so and went home.

At night the man was about to go out to steal. Before setting out, he thought for a moment about the promise he made with the Prophet. “If tomorrow the Prophet asks me where have I been, what shall I say?

Shall I say that I went out stealing? No, I cannot say that. But nor can I lie. If I tell the truth, everyone will start hating me and call me a thief. I would be punished for stealing.”

So the man decided not to steal that night, and gave up this bad habit.

Next day, he felt like drinking wine, when he was about to do so, he said to himself, “What shall I say to the prophet if he asks me what did I do during the day? I cannot tell a lie, and if I speak the truth people will hate me, because a Muslim is not allowed to drink wine.”

And so he gave up the idea of drinking wine.

In this way, whenever the man thought of doing something bad, he remembered his promise to tell the truth at all times. One by one, he gave up all his bad habits and became a good Muslim and a very good person.

MORAL: Make a promise: I shall always speak the truth.

Imam (a.s) Answer’s

IMAM ALI IBN MUSA AR-RIDHA (A.S.) ANSWERING QUESTIONS 

The following are some questions, which 8th Imam Ali ibn Musa ar-Ridha (as) was asked by different people and his answers to them. You can find many more such types of Question and Answers from all our 12 Imam (a.s)

Q. Is man helpless in his actions that Allah compels him to do whatever He wants? 

 A. Allah is Just. How is it possible that He should compel one to do something and then punish him for it?   

Q. Is man completely free in his actions?

A. How is it possible that Allah should create the people and remove His law from over them completely, leaving all their affairs to them? Neither has Allah made the people absolutely helpless nor gave them free will. Rather it is an affair between the two (extremes).   

Q. What does this tradition mean, ‘The reward of saying: LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAH (There is no god but Allah) is equal to that of looking at the face of Allah? Does the Almighty have a face or a shape?  

A. It is infidelity to attribute shape or face to Allah. The faces of Allah are infact His prophets and their legatees through whom ones attention is guided to Allah. That is why they are the face of Allah. Looking at their faces carries great rewards and to remain deprived of their visitation (Ziyaaraat) causes loss.   Q. What does this tradition mean that the believers in
Paradise would sit in their homes and continue to see their Lord?
A. The Almighty has bestowed superiority to Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa (saww) over all the prophets. He ordained his obedience as His obedience, his allegiance as His allegiance and his visitation as His visitation. Thus he (saww) said, ‘One who visited me in my lifetime or after I pass away, he has (as though) visited Allah. Thus the tradition means that the believers in
Paradise would be seeing the Messenger of Allah (saww).  

Q. Are the Paradise and Hell already created?

A. Indeed they are already created. Those who say that they are not created are not from us. Rather they deny us and are the deniers of our Wilayah (Mastership)…the Almighty Allah says: ‘This is that very Hell that the people used to deny, the inmates of Hell will go about in it in boiling water’.   

Q. Why are men allowed four wives and women are prohibited more than one husband?

A. If a woman has more than one husband it would not be determined whose seed it was and in such circumstances it would be impossible to prove the paternity of the child. But in case of multiple wives, this danger is absent. In addition to this, men are allowed four wives because in comparison to men, the population and births of females is much more than that of males.   

Q. Why is fornication made unlawful?

A. Because the lineage is broken. The inheritance goes away. The woman does not know by whom she has become pregnant and neither the child knows who its father is. 

Abstracted from Akhlaaq al-Aimma (as) by Maulana Sayyid Zafar Hasan Amrohi (t.s.)

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Cracked Pot

You might have heared and read the story about the Cracked pot.

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FULFILLING THE NEED OF OTHERS


To fulfill the needs and necessities of others is the choicest of good deeds. The religion of Islam does not advocate self-interest and self-centeredness. The best person is the one who is more useful to others. A person, who restricts his efforts only to serve himself and his family, is like an animal.

Imam Mohammed Baqer (a.s.) said,
“The most beloved action in front of Allah is to please the servant of Allah, feeding him and paying off his debts.” Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.) said, “There are some special servants of Allah, the All-knowing, who keep fulfilling the needs of other people. They will be saved from the difficulties of the Day of Judgement. If, someone pleases a believing servant, Allah the All-knowing will make his heart happy on the day of Judgement.
(Usul-e-Kafi, vol. 2, Chapter of fulfilling the needs of a believer)

Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) has narrated
“If a believer narrates his needs to his brother-in-faith, and the latter despite being capable of doing so, does not help the former, then Allah will bring him on the Day of Judgement with his hands and feet tied.”
(Behaarul Anwaar, Vol. 74)

However, nowadays, the moral and ethical situation is such that if somebody is asked for some favours, he feels irritated and annoyed.

Ameerul Momineen Ali (a.s.) says
“If people come to you with needs, then it is mercy of Allah that is being showered upon you. ”
(Ghurarul Hikam)

Another tradition reveals,
“The more a person is blessed by Allah with bounties, the larger will be the number of people coming to him with their needs and requests.”

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