Teaching stories have been used throughout time as a way to transmit wisdom.
In Hadith literature there are a number of stories that have been related by Prophet Muhammad in the context of teaching valuable lessons for humanity.
The following story is related in Sahih Bukhari (004.056.670) Translated by Thomas Cleary
The Prophet told a story, "There were three Israelites, a leper, a bald man, and a blind one. In order to test them, God sent an angel to them."
The angel came to the leper and said, "What would you like most?"
He said, "A good complexion and good skin, and riddance of that for which people have considered me unclean."
Then the angel passed his hand over him, and his uncleanness disappeared from him, and he acquired a good complexion.
Now the angel said, "And what would you like most to have?"
He said, "Camels."
So he was given a she-camel in her tenth month of pregnancy. He said, "God bless you for this."
Then the angel came to the bald man and said, "What would you like most?"
He said, "Nice hair, and riddance of this condition for which people dislike me."
Then the angel passed his hand over him, and his baldness disappeared as he acquired a full head of hair.
Now the angel said to him, "And what would you like to have?"
He said, "Cattle."
So he was given a pregnant cow. And he said, "God bless you for this."
Then the angel came to the blind man and said, "What would you like most?"
He said, "That God may restore my vision so I might see people."
So the angel passed his hand over him and God restored his eyesight.
Now the angel said, "And what would you like to have?"
He said, "Sheep."
So he was given a pregnant ewe.
The former two animals gave birth, and so did this latter one; eventually one of the men had a valley full of camels, one had a valley full of cattle, and one had a valley full of sheep.
Then the angel came to the leper in disguise and said, "I am a poor man, at the end of my rope on my journey, without recourse this day except to God and to you. I ask you-by the One who gave you a good complexion, good skin, and wealth-for a camel whereby I may make it to the end of my journey."
But the man said, "I have many obligations."
Then the angel said, "I seem to know you. Weren't you a leper, shunned by society as unclean, impoverished? And did not God give to you?"
He said, "I simply inherited this wealth, grown generation after generation."
The angel said, "You are a liar. May God make you as you were."
Then the angel came to the formerly bald man in disguise and spoke to him as he had the former leper. And the formerly bald man replied as had the former leper. So the angel said, "You are a liar. May God make you as you were."
Then the angel also came to the formerly blind man and said, "I am a poor man, on the road, at the end of my rope on my journey, with no resort this day but to God and to you. I ask you-by the One who restored your vision-for a sheep to tide me over on my way."
The man said, "I used to be blind, but God restored my eyesight. Take whatever you want, and leave what you will.
For by God I will give you no trouble about anything you take today for the sake of God."
The angel said, "Keep what you have; for you were only being tested. God is pleased with you, and displeased with the other two."
"The Wisdom of the Prophet" by Thomas Cleary.
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2.All wealth of this world is for Allah, He gives to whom HE will.
3.We should in bide the spirit of helping the needy so that God will bless us in this world and here after.
4.Greediness is one of the habit that is destroying our society today.
What I learn from this story is our life itself given by GOD.The wordly assests wealth is also given by GOD,we should not feel that we earned that,and spend for the needy persons and necessary conditions.In the world every thing belongs to ALLAHA including our birth and death. Then why should we too attach with the wealth which will not come with us in last.
We should remember our past and we should follow the rules of islam . Allah may give us wealth but we should give jakat, fitra , sodka(the rules of islam) otherwise allah can remove the wealth. And dont try to greedy and remember your past condition.
the worldly material things & forget that everything we have is by God's grace and
that we have temporary custody of those worldly things. The lesson for me is that
God wants us to share his blessings with those in need. Thank you.
What I learn from this lesson?
ans: If God gives you wealth. You should Thank Him and help (in your wealth) those who are poor. And as good muslim it is always good to tell the truth in what soever the case may be, because you should know in heart that that God knows everything you say or do (when, where, how and what). So one should be careful not to be lier.
The story teaches us that we should be honest in our afair,we should have the spirit of give & take,not be materialistic. We should believe that is God that giveth and is God that taketh. In all we should have fear of Allah
- "Tie the camel then trust in God"
I am working in a hospital. One evening a poor patient came to me for a medical test. For that he should come morning in empty stomach. When I asked the patient to come next day he told me he could not come again bcoz he is staying far from hospital and he doesn't have transport. He emphasised that he did not eat for the last 6 hours I didn't care. I can do it that time only but I did not. I sent back the patient. After I felt so sad,I was thinking what I had done I spoiled one chance to help somebody.
After half an hour my husband called me and said our car has some problem its in the workshop now it will take 2 days to fix the problem and costs 3000 riyals oohhhhhhhh I know its a punihment. Allah sees everything. He is great.
Allah is great!
Allah taala is Al Wahab, He wouldnt hurt or harm his creations.
We r given massive amount of opportunities to repent n do good deeds till the last breath. And I am pretty certain Allah taala would not send angles to curse people unless they r doin really really severer sin. Angles are sent to warn people for Azab (punishment).
And please please there r goods time n bad times jus remember it.
To enjoy only good times that will be offered to Muslims Inshallah in Jannat. hope high.
Lastly, IF someone comes to you and ask for somethin never ever refuse or degrade that person.
N everythin depends on intentions.
This story is teaching us to always thank Him for all the favours he has done to us.
The more you got the greedy you are, you are willing to lie just to
keep the wealth to yourself(give excuses when it comes to charity)
Whereas some people express gratitude to Allah SWT and share with
others although the value isn't as much as those 2.