He loved the 4th wife the most.He adorned her with rich robes andtreated her to delicacies.He took great care of her and gaveher nothing but the best.
He also loved the 3rd wife very much.Hes very proud of her and alwayswanted to show her off to hisfriends.However, the merchant is always ingreat fear that she might run awaywith some other men.
He too, loved his 2nd wife.She is a very considerate person,always patient and in fact is themerchants confidante.Whenever the merchant faced someproblems, he always turned to his 2ndwife and she would always help him outand tide him through difficult times.
Now, the merchants 1st wife is a veryloyal partner and has made greatcontributions in maintaining his wealthand business as well as taking care ofthe household.However, the merchant did not love thefirst wife and although she loved himdeeply, he hardly took notice of her.
One day, the merchant fell ill. BeforeOne day, the merchant fell ill. Beforelong, he knew that he was going to dielong, he knew that he was going to diesoon. He thought of his luxurious lifesoon. He thought of his luxurious lifeand told himself, "Now I have 4 wivesand told himself, "Now I have 4 wiveswith me. But when I die, Ill be alone.with me. But when I die, Ill be alone.How lonely Ill be!"How lonely Ill be!"
Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I lovedyou most, endowed you with the finestclothing and showered great care overyou. Now that Im dying, will you followme and keep me company?" "No way!"replied the 4th wife and she walkedaway without another word. Theanswer cut like a sharp knife right intothe merchants heart.
The sad merchant then asked the 3rdwife, "I have loved you so much for allmy life. Now that Im dying, will youfollow me and keep me company?""No!" replied the 3rd wife. "Life is sogood over here! Im going to remarrywhen you die!" The merchants heartsank and turned cold.
He then asked the 2nd wife, "I alwaysturned to you for help and youvealways helped me out. Now I need yourhelp again. When I die, will you followme and keep me company?" "Im sorry,I cant help you out this time!" repliedthe 2nd wife. "At the very most, I canonly send you to your grave." Theanswer came like a bolt of thunder andthe merchant was devastated.
Then a voice called out : "Ill leave withyou. Ill follow you no matter where yougo." The merchant looked up and therewas his 1st wife. She was so skinny,almost like she suffered frommalnutrition. Greatly grieved, themerchant said, "I should have takenmuch better care of you while I couldhave !"
Actually weActually weall have 4all have 4wives in ourwives in ourlives,..lives,..
No matter how much time and effort weNo matter how much time and effort welavish in making it look good, itll leavelavish in making it look good, itll leaveus when we dieus when we die
When we die, they all go to othersWhen we die, they all go to others
No matter how close they had been thereNo matter how close they had been therefor us when were alive, the furthest theyfor us when were alive, the furthest theycan stay by us is up to the gravecan stay by us is up to the grave
Often neglected in our pursuit of materialOften neglected in our pursuit of materialwealth and sensual pleasure. It is actuallywealth and sensual pleasure. It is actuallythe only thing that follows us wherever wethe only thing that follows us wherever wego. Perhaps its a good idea to cultivatego. Perhaps its a good idea to cultivateand strengthen it now rather than to waitand strengthen it now rather than to waituntil were on our deathbed to lament.until were on our deathbed to lament.
WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT IT!?THE LEAST YOU CAN DO IS LET OTHERSKNOW INSHA ALLAH!
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