Story To
Reflect
Upon 147
The Wall
A man was once chased by several tribesmen who wanted to
kill him. The man entered into...
Story To
Reflect
Upon 148
A Choice
A beggar once asked Ibrahim ibn Al Adham for charity.
Ibrahim told him, "I'll give you ...
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Story to Reflect Upon 147, 148

  1. 1. Story To Reflect Upon 147 The Wall A man was once chased by several tribesmen who wanted to kill him. The man entered into a cave to hide himself. The tribesmen started looking for him in the many caves in the area. In great desperation the man prayed to God, “Oh God, send down two angels and seal the entrance of the cave so that the tribesmen cannot enter and kill me. The tribesmen were fast approaching the cave where he was. The man then saw a little spider starting to weave a web at the entrance of the cave.. The man again prayed, this time more desperately: "Lord, I did not ask for a spider. How can it protect me? Please place a strong wall at the entrance so that the men cannot enter to kill me." He opened his eyes expecting to see a wall sealing the entrance. Instead he saw the little spider weaving its spider web. The tribesmen were already entering the neighboring cave . Soon they would find him in this cave and kill him death. Thoughts of disappointment with God went through the man’s mind. When the tribesmen stood in front of the cave where the man was in, the little spider had already covered the whole entrance with its web. The man then heard the chief of the tribesmen say, “This cave has spider webs. Nobody has entered this one. Come let’s move on to the other caves.” Reflection * There is a reason for happenings. One should not underestimate things, thinking they are useless. One can never tell for sure. * One should have strong faith in one’s own prayers.
  2. 2. Story To Reflect Upon 148 A Choice A beggar once asked Ibrahim ibn Al Adham for charity. Ibrahim told him, "I'll give you better than that; come with me." Ibrahim brought the beggar to see a merchant, and asked him to find a job for the beggar. As Ibrahim was well trusted, the merchant did not hesitate to give some merchandises to the beggar and asked him to travel and sell them in another city. A few days later, Ibrahim found the beggar still in a miserable condition; surprised, he asked him about the matter. The beggar informed him, "While traveling, I found a blind eagle in the desert, and I was very curious how it got food though it was blind; I observed it for some time, and, to my big surprise, another eagle came by and fed it. Thus, I said to myself, “Ah, whoever took care of that blind eagle in this desert will also take care of me! I returned to the city and gave the merchant back his goods." Ibrahim, after reflection, asked him, "But tell me, why did you choose to be the blind eagle, not the other one, who could fly, chase, and take care of others?" Unknown Author Reflection: * How often have we been conquered by the forces of laziness, mental sloth and torpor and foolish delusions? * Let us learn to be more self-reliant, industrious, determined and persevering ...these are hallmarks of a dignified and worthy human being. * May we choose to live a meaningful and worthy life of developing our wisdom and reaching out to the more unfortunate ones. * Effort, energy, patience and mindful striving on are essential in walking the spiritual path.

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