Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Oh ALLAH, I almost sold you for a quarter!

I just got this and I wanted to make sure to share it!

Brothers and sisters in Islam,

Several years ago, an Imam from out-of-state accepted a call to a Mosque in Houston, Texas.

Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.

As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, 'You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.' Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it,
it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it.

Accept it as a 'gift from ALLAH' and keep quiet.' When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, 'Here, you gave me too much change 'The driver, with a smile, replied, 'Aren't you the
new Imam in town?' 'Yes' he replied.
'Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at the mosque.'

When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, 'Oh ALLAH, I almost sold you for a quarter.'

Our lives are the only Quran some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Muslims, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard -- and remember -- You carry your IMAN on your shoulders when you call yourself 'Muslim.'

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.


Mohammad Faisal said...

Assalaamu alaikum warehmatullah wabarakatuhu

So true my brother. The Waswasa that shaitan feeds us is so beautifully disguised that we do not even understand how it affects us. In one of the Hadis, the Prophet SAWW said that (mafhoom) the first people were Muslims (referring to the sons and daughters of Adam AS). However, Shaitan came to them and told them "Don't you remember how so and so among you was a good and honest God fearing man. You should remember him more so you do good in your life too." And when people took that step, he came again and told them that they can ask those people to pray for them too because they were really close to Allah. Then when people took that step he would come and say you should make a likeness of them so you are reminded of them and can pray. And when they took that step, he asked them to take another step and then another until they had lost Islam in their lives and were mushrikeen.
Take heed of the ways of shaitan and pray to Allah to Guard us from his waswasa. Its paramount that we keep our imaan strong especially for those brothers of mine who come to the west thinking that they can brave this world without trials here. You wear your iman out on your chest like a pendant and it will be a struggle each day for you.
Jazakallah khair brother Muneeb for sharing the anecdote.

M Shoaib Sheikh said...

Thankyou very much for sharing these valuable words brother Muneeb and Faisal !