Telling the truth is a very good habit. If you always speak the truth, you can save yourself from a lot of trouble! Here is a story of a man who did a lot of bad things, but his promise to tell the truth saved him.

Once a man came to the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) 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 very good person. 

A good person whom God likes and favors. If God – our Creator – is pleased with us, He will reward us with HEAVEN, which is a place of happiness and joy.

Lesson from the story : Telling the truth saves us from all bad habbits.

The Two Buckets

Two buckets, tired after a day’s work, sat down to rest. One of the buckets was always grumbling. It never looked at life cheerfully.

As it rested outside the well it said to the other bucket,“I’m tired of the life we lead. However full we are when we are drawn up out of the well, we are sent back empty again.This makes me very dissatisfied.”

The second bucket was of a different nature. It did not believe in grumbling. It always looked at life positively. It said,“That’s true. But I always look at it this way – that however empty we are when we are sent down, we are always full when drawn up.”

Moral: It is good to look on the brighter side of life.

Akbar and Birbal

Akbar was a great Mughal Emperor and Birbal was his witty minister. One day, Akbar was taking a walk in his garden with Birbal.
Many crows were flying around. As he observed the birds flying, he thought of asking Birbal a tricky question.
He asked, “How many crows are there in our kingdom, Birbal?”
Birbal thought for a moment, and then said, “There are ninety-five thousand, four hundred and sixty three crows in your kingdom, Huzoor.”
“How do you know that for sure?” the King asked.
“You can get them counted, Huzoor.” Birbal said.
The Emperor again said, “If there are less than that, then?”
Birbal replied immediately, “That means that the rest of them have gone on vacation to some neighbouring kingdoms.”
“And if there are more than that, then?” asked Akbar.
“Then it means that other crows have come to visit their relatives in our kingdom, Huzoor,” said the witty minister.
Akbar was very pleased with the answer that Birbal gave and gave him a suitable reward.

Moral: Even if the question is silly, you can manage the situation by thinking on your feet and giving a witty answer.

Reality Of Religion

Religion is meant to serve as a reminder that you have to acknowledge the Creator who has created you, bestowed you with all bounties and the life-support system, and then finally surrender before Him. Your life in this world should be spent in accordance with the will of the Creator. You should try to find out the source from where you can learn of the will of the Creator. Religion is thus meant for answering one’s basic questions: who am I, who created me, why am I settled in this world, what are my duties etc. People today, including the so-called religious people, have adopted religion as a culture, rather than as an ideology that governs their thinking and behaviour. Religion has not become their sole concern.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

God’s Bounties

A glass of water is such a blessing that if all the people in the world come together and spend all their money, even then a glass of water cannot be created. The supply shall continue only if the One who is supplying continues to supply, else not. While man cannot even create a glass of water, there are millions of things still that have been bestowed on him by a Benefactor! To acknowledge and be grateful for these blessings is the biggest duty of man. Religion serves as a reminder of this fact. Availing blessings like food, water, air or sunlight has a price that is, acknowledgement. Those who do not perform this duty should remember that they cannot evade accountability.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan