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The Giving Hand Is Better

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  • 1. A young man, a university student, was one day taking a walkStory from with an old wise manQisas.comWith somemodificationsBy Junaid Qadir
  • 2. As they went along,they saw lying in thepath a pair of oldshoes.They supposed that theshoes must belong tothe poor man who worksin the field close by.
  • 3. The student turned to theold wise man saying:“Let us play the man atrick: we will hide hisshoes, and concealourselves behind thosebushes, and wait to seehis perplexity when hecannot find them.”
  • 4. “My young friend, …”answered the wise old man.“We should never amuseourselves at the expenseof the poor. But you arerich, and may giveyourself a much greaterpleasure by means of thispoor man. ””
  • 5. The old wise man continued “Put a coin in each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch how this affects him.”
  • 6. The poor man,while putting on his coat,slipped his foot in one of the shoes.Feeling something hard,he stooped down to feel what it was,and found the coins.
  • 7. Astonishmentandwonderwere evidenton his face.
  • 8. The poor man felt:Fortunate andVery Happy
  • 9. He gazed upon the cointurned it aroundand looked at it again and again.
  • 10. The student stood there deeply affected.The old man asked then:“We did surprise the poor man,but is this way not better”
  • 11. The youth replied:You have taught me a lesson whichI will never forget.I feel now the truth of these words which I never understood before :
  • 12. [Sahih Muslim]
  • 13. It was related on the authority of AbuHurairah, radiyallahu anhu, that the Prophet,sallallahu alayhi wasallam, said:“ Whosoever relieves from a believersome grief pertaining to this world, Allahwill relieve from him some griefpertaining to the Hereafter” [Sahih Muslim]