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Kindness surely pays back

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.

He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?"

"You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness." He said..... "Then I thank you from my heart."

Year's later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in a specialist to study her rare disease. After a long struggle, the battle was won. Finally business office pass the final bill to specialist for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent back.

When she got the bill, she feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill.

She read these words..... "Paid in full with one glass of milk"

(Signed) Dr. Hasan Amin.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes.


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JazaakAllah Khair Sister Umm Z. for starting this topic. InshaAllah I'll pin it, so we can all share such stories that we can all learn something from inshaAllah. :)

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Mash a Allah Jazaki Allah Khairan Umm really this a good idea to fill up on this thread such stories.

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BarakAllahu feekum :)

The next story to learn from insha'Allah.

Are you ready for your turn?

He was a student, probably in his early twenties. I didn't know his name--I really didn't care. All I know is he was going for a lay-up while playing basketball, lost his balance and fell on the ground--flat on his back.

We thought he would shake it off and continue the game--so no one really cared. To everyones surprise, he never got up. At first a few people on his team (later everyone) went up to him but he just wouldn't reply.

CPR did no good. The ambulance personel couldn't save him from dying. The result at the ER was no better. HE WAS DEAD!

As I came home tonight, I thought to myself, it could have been me going up for that lay-up. It is very possible that I could be laying in the cold city morgue, right this minute, as I type this e-mail.

Am I ready to die? Did I communicate with Allah today? Did I perform my daily prayers? Did I seek the pleasure of Allah?

Did I treat my parents and family with respect and love? Did I give any at all in charity (sadaqa) today? How many times did I remember Allah and recount His name?

The entire day I made time to go to school, check my e-mail, read the news, chat with friends, watch TV, play basketball.......but did I even once say "Estagfirullah"? Did I ask Allah to forgive the sins that I've commited today? NO! Not once.

Did I say "Elhamdulillah" other than in my daily prayers? NO! Not once my friends. Would you like to know why? Because I was too caught up with myself and my daily activities.

Well, guess what. I could have lost my life during a lay-up in a basketball game and what do I have with me? Not a thing. Nothing that I did today do I get to bring with me to the grave. Nothing.

A few words that I could have uttered were the only things that I could have brought with me. A few words that would've taken a few seconds of concentration out of the 24 hrs. that was alloted to me.

A few cents in charity instead of cold drinks and candy bars could have saved my soul. But I insisted to continue with my careless attitude. Thank God it wasn't my turn to go, because I sure wasn't ready.

Now I close my eyes and say Elhamdulillah. Now I look back and say Estagfirullah. Now I have a different attitude. Now, I want to prepare for my turn.

Did you perform your prayers today? Did you give in charity and love? Did you ask for forgiveness yet? Do you care? I'm asking because I don't want to see you fall, knowing you aren't ready for your turn.

Are you ready for your turn?

May the Peace and Mercy of Allah be upon us all.


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The beautiful Quran causes polytheists to fall down in prostration

In Ramadan of the fifth year of prophethood, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) went into the Holy Sanctuary where there was a large host of Quraish polytheists, including some notables and celebrities. Suddenly he began reciting Sûrah An-Najm (Chapter 41 — The Star). The awe-inspiring Words of Allâh descended unawares upon them and they immediately got stunned by them. It was the first time for them to be shocked by the truthful Revelation. It had formerly been the favourite trick of those people who wished to dishonour Revelation, not only not to listen to it themselves but also to talk loudly and insolently when it was being read, so that even the true listeners may not be able to hear. They used to think that they were drowning the Voice of Allâh; in fact, they were piling up misery for themselves, for Allâh's Voice can never be silenced, "And those who disbelieve say:

"Listen not to this Qur'ân, and make noise in the midst of its (recitation) that you may overcome." [41:26].

When the unspeakably fascinating Words of Allâh came into direct contact with their hearts, they were entranced and got oblivious of the materialistic world around them and were caught in a state of full attentiveness to the Divine Words to such an extent that when the Prophet (Peace be upon him) reached the stormy heart-beating ending:

"So fall you down in prostration to Allâh and worship Him (Alone)." [53:62]

The idolaters, unconsciously and with full compliance, prostrated themselves in absolute god-fearing and stainless devotion. It was in fact the wonderful moment of the Truth that cleaved through the obdurate souls of the haughty and the attitude of the scoffers. They stood aghast when they perceived that Allâh's Words had conquered their hearts and done the same thing that they had been trying hard to annihilate and exterminate. Their co-polytheists who had not been present on the scene reproached and blamed them severely; consequently they began to fabricate lies and calumniate the Prophet (Peace be upon him) alleging that he had attached to their idols great veneration and ascribed to them the power of desirable intercession.

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The lion, rats, snake and the honey comb - a beautiful story

Once a man saw in his dream, that a lion was chasing him. The man ran to a tree, climbed on to it and sat on a branch. He looked down and saw that the lion was still there waiting for him. The man then looked to his side where the branch he was sitting on was attached to the tree and saw that two rats were circling around and eating the branch. One rat was black and the other one was white. The branch would fall on the ground very soon. The man then looked below again with fear and discovered that a big black snake had come and settled directly under him. The snake opened its mouth right under the man so that he will fall into it. The man then looked up to see if there was anything that he could hold on to. He saw another branch with a honeycomb. Drops of honey were falling from it. The man wanted to taste one of the drops. So, he put his tongue out and tasted one of the fallen drops of honey. The honey was amazing in taste. So, he wanted to taste another drop. As he did, he got lost into the sweetness of the honey. Meanwhile, he forgot about the two rats eating his branch away, the lion on the ground and the snake that is sitting right under him. After a while, he woke up from his sleep.

To get the meaning behind this dream, the man went to a a pious scholar of Islam. The scholar said "The lion you saw is your death. It always chases you and goes where ever you go. The two rats, one black and one white, are the night and the day. Black one is the night and the white one is the day. They circle around, coming one after another, to eat your time as they take you closer to death. The big black snake with a dark mouth is your grave. It's there, just waiting for you to fall into it. The honeycomb is this world and the sweet honey is the luxaries of this world. We like to taste a drop of the luxaries of this world but it's very sweet. Then we taste another drop and yet another. Meanwhile, we get lost into it and we forget about our time, we forget about our death and we forget about our graves."

May Allah wake us up from the sleep and save us before it's too late. Ameen.

(source: islamcan)

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nice stories, i posted this before in another thread but i think it fits here better:

When a man dies and his relatives are busy in funeral rites, there

stands an extremely handsome man by his head. When the dead body is

shrouded, that man gets in between the shroud and the chest of the

deceased. When after the burial, the people return home, 2 angels,

Munkar and Nakeer (names of two special Angels), come in the grave

and try to separate this handsome man so that they may be able to

interrogate the dead man in privacy about his faith.

But the handsome man says, "He is my companion, he is my friend. I will not leave him alone in any case.

If you are appointed for interrogation, do your job. I cannot leave him until I get him admitted into Paradise".

Thereafter he turns to his dead companion and says,

"I am the Qura'an, which you used to read, sometimes in a loud voice

and sometimes in a low voice. Do not worry.

After the interrogation of Munkar and Nakeer, you will have no grief.

When the interrogation is over, the handsome man arranges for him

from Al_Mala'ul A'laa (the angels in Heaven) a silk bedding filled



May Allah bestow this favor on all of us. AMEEN AMEEN

Rasulullah ( Sallalloho alaihe wasallam ) said, "On the Day of

Judgment, before Allah, no other intercessor will have a greater

status than the Qura'an, neither a Prophet nor an angel."

Please keep forwarding this "Hadith" to all ...because the Prophet

(PBUH) said: "Pass on knowledge from me even if it is only one


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Assalamu alaikum

Not a story this time, but a poem.

Wake up to the Call of Islaam

by Nizaam Hussain

O Muslims, wake up to the call of Islaam

O muslims, search your heart for the true Imaan

Is your Salaat, Zakaat, Sawm, Hajj what it should be?

If so, then why are you in so much difficulty?

Nay, but you have not understood the depth of Imaan

Nay, but you have not understood the teachings of the Qur'aan

Has He not made you the best of creation?

Has He not fulfilled your wants without your supplication?

Think and Ponder

Surely, He will make you wonder

Is your love for Him alone?

Is your fear for Him alone?

Nay, but you have falsified, and loved and feared every other created soul

Is your trust in Him alone?

Is your obedience to Him alone?

Nay, but you have falsified, you trusted and obeyed those that use you the most

Look around you, slaughter, slander and rape

When they come to your door, just like death, they won't wait

No entreaty of vow can be taken except Allah's alone

Love Him, fear Him, trust Him, obey Him, and fight for Him

Surely He will put you on the throne.

(Source: Riyadhul Jannah, vol 4 no 1 Dec '94)

Edited by umm Zachariah

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500 Years of Worship

Angel Jibrail (as) told Rasulullah (peace be upon him) the follwing incident about a man in the past who worshipped Allah Ta'ala continuously for 500 years. He was granted a shelter on top of a mountain that was surrounded by salty water. However, Allah caused a stream of sweet water to flow through the mountain for that individual. The man would drink from this water and use it to make ablution. Allah Ta'ala also raised a pomegranate tree from which the man would eat one fruit every day.

One day, this person supplicated to Allah that, "Oh Allah, bring my death while I am in the state of prostration." Allah accepted this dua of his. Whenever Jibrail (as) came down to the Earth, he found this man prostrating to Allah. Jibrail (as) said that on the day of Judgement, Allah will tell the angels to take this individual to Paradise through His mercy. However, this man will insist that he should enter paradise through the good deeds that he had performed.

Then, Allah will tell the angels to compare his good deeds with the blessings that were given to him in the world. It will be seen that 500 years of his worship does not even equal to the gift of eye sight that was given to him by Allah. The angels will be asked to take him towards the hell fire. Then the man will plead, "Oh Allah! Enter me into Paradise only through Your mercy." At that point, the following discussion will take place between Allah and that man.

Allah: Oh my servant, who created you?

The worshipper: Oh Allah, You have created me.

Allah: Were you created because of the good deeds you have done or because of My mercy?

The worshipper: Because of Your mercy.

Allah: Who granted you the ability to worship for 500 years?

The worshipper: Oh the Almighty! You have granted me that ability.

Allah: Who placed you on the mountain surrounded by the ocean? Who caused a stream of sweet water to flow in between the salty water? Who caused a pomegranate tree to grow for you? Who granted you death while in the state of prostration?

The worshipper: Oh the Sustainer of the Worlds! You have done all of these.

Then Allah will say, "All these have happened due to My mercy and you too will enter Paradise only through My Mercy."

Source: Obtained from the book "Tambihul Ghafileen" by Shaikh Abul Laith Samarkandi.

We can never thank Allah for the blessings that He has given us. Let us use these blessings to recognize Allah before our death.


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Abandoning something for the sake and Pleasure of Allah

Ibn Rajab and others gave an account of a worshipper who ran out of resources while he was in Makkah. He became extremely hungry and was about to die from lack of nourishment.

One day, as he was wandering in the precincts of Makkah, he found an expensive necklace. He put it into his sleeves and headed for the Masjid.

On his way he came across a man announcing that he had lost a necklace. The poor man later said, "I asked him to describe it to me, and he did so, perfectly, leaving no room for doubt. I gave him the necklace without taking reward from him.

I said,: "O Allah, I have given it for You, so compensate me with what is better."

The man went to the ocean and began a journey in a small boat. Only a brief period of time passed before a storm came with heavy winds crashing into the boat.

The boat smashed into pieces and the man was forced to cling to a piece of wood. The winds were violent, propelling him to the left and to the right.

Finally, he was washed ashore onto an island. He found there a Masjid filled with people who were praying, so he joined them. He found papers with parts of the Qur'an written on them and he began to recite from them.

The people of the island asked him, "Do you read Qur'an?" He answered in the affirmative.

"Teach our children Qur'an," they said. So he began to teach them and he took a salary for his services.

One day, they saw him writing and they asked, "Will you teach our children to write?". Again he answered in the affirmative and began teaching them for a salary.

A short time later, they said to him, "There is an orphaned girl with us whose father was a good man. Will you marry her?"

He agreed to the marriage and later related, "I married her and found that she was wearing the exact same necklace. She said that her father lost it in Makkah and a man found it and returned to him. She said that her father would always supplicate while prostrating, for her daughter to become blessed with a husband similiar to the honest man. I then informed her that I was that man."

Umm Salamah reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) saying,

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji`un. Allahumma ujurni fi musibati, wakhluf li khairan minha

We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. O Allah! Compensate me in my loss, recompense my loss and give me something better in exchange for it.


Abandoning something for the sake and Pleasure of Allah - Allah will definitely compensate with something that is better, either sooner or later, in this world or Hereafter.

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woooow really .. it is a beautiful and very meaningful story,

thank you very much for the story ..umm Zachariah :wavey:

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woooow really .. it is a beautiful and very meaningful story,

thank you very much for the story ..umm Zachariah :wavey:

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I received this insightful story from Jennifer, when I started reading, I felt I will not be able to continue because I have a soft corner for animals and specially donkeys. But it is worth reading.


One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well, and was astonished at what he saw.

As every shovel of dirt hit his back, the donkey did something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed, as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

The Moral… Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of a hole is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest holes just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

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My mother was reading a magazine named Al Yaqazah the past week, she drew my attention to very thoughtful story. I read the story, very touching and worth reflecting and pondering upon. It raises many points and underlines a lot.....

I took the liberty to translate it and post it here, but of course kept the source, Insh a Allah the author will not mind it.Actually, she published the article as an introduction to her article. So I dont really know who the original author is.


Width of life

Happiness and unhappiness are deemed sequential lessons that you receive throughout your life for the purpose of enhancing your perception, and taking you to maturity. You will never attain happiness unless you realize real love and you will never attain real love till you know yourself.

It is narrated that a king decided to take over a small village, thus, he mobilized his armies and started walking towards the targeted village. To his surprise, residents of the village welcomed the armies upon their arrival which raised the king's amazement. Because of this usual situation, he started touring the village, still astonished, specially when no one feared him neither did they prepare their armament. During his tour, he observed an open grave pitch in front of each house. Still people in the village were not concerned with the king neither his armies, he inquired to a passer about the chief of the village. The resident informed him that the chief lives on the outskirts. Immediately, the king started walking towards the place. On his way, he passed by a grave yard and was actually taken by the statements on each grave. XYZ lived an hour and died, ABC lived a day and died, and this one lived a week and died. In response, he was both bewildered and scared but continued walking seeking to meet the chief of the village only to find an old man sitting quietly and tranquilly in the porch.

The king asked him: Why you did not prepare to fight me?

Chief: Why should we prepare.. we do not fight anybody?!

King: Aren't you afraid of my armies?

Chief: We are not afraid of your armies neither do we fear death.

King: Why do you dig your graves in front of your houses while you use this grave yard to bury your dead?

Chief: Before going to their respective places of work, village residents are used to pass by the grave every morning to remind themselves with their final destination in order to avoid being unjust, cheating or lying.

King: What are those statements inscribed on the tombs? Do the village people have such very short lives?

Chief: Lives are not short.. but here, we measure lift times not by the number of days as you do..but rather by width.

King: And how do you do that?

Chief: The width of the life is what a human being contributes of love, and good under a sincere Niyah (intention) to Allah Ta`ala. For example, this whose tomb carries a one hour statement implies that he offered good seeking nothing but Allah's Face without waiting for a reward one time for one hour throughout his whole life. Thus, this deed is considered the optimal fruit of his work and existence in life.

As for the one whose tomb is labeled that he lived a year and died indicates one year which he dedicated to composing a book to serve people without a reward. But before doing it, he intended it to be only for Allah's sake. Thus, he considered the book as fruit of his existence, heart essence and production counting this year only.

At this point, the king looked down..commended the chief and extended his due respects. He evacuated the village. But this incident drew a new line in his life.

By Dr. Mariam Baqer

Al Yaqaza magazine 2-8 July 2008

Issue 2053

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Saber Bhatia of Hotmail

The enabling tool they built internally during development BECAME the actual product

Just like Paypal, the Hotmail founders (Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith) originally set out to build an entirely different product. They sought to make a simple plug-n-play database that anyone could use to store structured information and then expose it via the web. That product was called JavaSoft and sounds as if it would have been Google Base ten years before its time. Both founders held their corporate jobs while developing Javasoft. When their IT department implemented a firewall, it killed their ability to access their personal email (which they had been using to collaborate during development). They were forced to use paper and floppy’s to trade data and it crippled their development efforts. They were driven by necessity to find another way to access their personal emails remotely and it occurred to them that web sites could be accessed from anywhere. They immediately began developing a web-based email client.

The parallel here for us was that the original concept for the hardware version of JumpBox was born when Kimbro was working a consulting gig for a major hotel chain. He stepped into a situation of utter chaos with twenty consultants on the job using excel spreadsheets to track bugs and “free climbing” with no source control. He entered the situation and implemented a bug tracker, source control and a wiki for documentation to put some structure to the development effort and after the three days it took to setup this open source infrastructure, he thought “wouldn’t it be neat if a pristine instance of all this stuff could be cloned on small form factor machines and used every time you parachute into a gig and need development infrastructure?” This was of course before the concept of virtual appliances existed and he was thinking of a hardware-based appliance at the time. But he essentially arrived at the JumpBox concept in an effort to “scratch his own itch” - a common theme throughout the Founder’s At Work series.

Using the JavaSoft idea to test the waters with VC’s

Once they had the web-based email working they thought “other people probably have the same problem… we should share.” So they opened it up and began offering web email access for others and (just like Max posting his Palm Pilot security application) they had immediate visibility and rapid adoption. They gradually realized that the web-based email idea was bigger than the Javasoft product idea, but given the low barrier to entry they feared that telegraphing their intentions by distributing the business plan of the web email to VC circles could leak the concept to someone like Netscape and blow them out. They needed to tread carefully in how they approached potential investors so they used the JavaSoft story to gauge their reaction and broached the web email idea only after they had confidence in the VC.

Just-in-time scaling

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the important lesson is that Saber endowed most of his wealth to help poor students back in his homeland.

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