Children’s Column – (Part 2)
Wisdom of the Muslim World
- A visitor comes with ten blessings, eats one, and leaves nine.
- A wise man does his own work.
- A wise man remembers his friends at all times; a fool, only when he has need of them.
- At table keep a short hand; in company keep a short tongue.
- Beauty passes; wisdom remains.
- Better a calf of one’s own than a jointly owned cow.
- An open door invites callers.
- It takes 100 years for a cave stalactite to grow 1 inch!
- The Khone waterfall on the Cambodia-Laos border has the greatest volume of water of any waterfall in the world. About 410,000 cubic feet of water falls over its drop of 45 feet every second! Niagara Falls has a volume of half of that.
- The Sahara desert in Africa is as large as all of the United States. It covers an area of over 3 million square miles!
- There are about 9,500 different kinds of grass in the world.
- Every continent has a city named Rome except Antarctica.
- It takes about two years for a pineapple to grow to its full size.
Fajr in the Masjid
A man woke up early in order to pray the Fajr prayer in the masjid. He got dressed, made his ablution and was on his way to the masjid.
On his way to the masjid, the man fell and his clothes got dirty. He got up, brushed himself off, and headed home. At home, he changed his clothes, made his ablution, and was, again, on his way to the masjid.
On his way to the masjid, he fell again and at the same spot! He, again, got up, brushed himself off and headed home. At home he, once again, changed his clothes, made his ablution and was on his way to the masjid.
On his way to the masjid, he met a man holding a lamp. He asked the man of his identity and the man replied “I saw you fall twice on your way to the masjid, so I brought a lamp so I can light your way.” The first man thanked him profusely and the two where on their way to the masjid.
Once at the masjid, the first man asked the man with the lamp to come in and pray Fajr with him. The second man refused. The first man asked him a couple more times and, again, the answer was the same. The first man asked him why he did not wish to come in and pray.
The man replied “I am Satan.”
The man was shocked at this reply. Satan went on to explain, “I saw you on your way to the masjid and it was I who made you fall. When you went home, cleaned yourself and went back on your way to the masjid, Allah forgave all of your sins. I made you fall a second time, and even that did not encourage you to stay home, but rather, you went back on your way to the masjid. Because of that, Allah forgave all the sins of the people of your household. I was afraid if i made you fall one more time, then Allah will forgive the sins of the people of your village, so i made sure that you reached the masjid safely.”
So do not let Satan benefit from his actions.
Do not put off a good that you intended to do as you never know how much reward you might receive from the hardships you encounter while trying to achieve that good.