Give and you shall receive

Better to Give

A young man, a student in one of the universities, was one day taking a walk with a Professor, who was commonly called the student’s friend, from his kindness to those who waited on his instructions.

As they went along,they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes, which they supposed to belong to a poor man who was employed in a field close by,and who had nearly finished his day’s work.

The student turned to the professor, saying: “Let us play the man a trick: we will hide his shoes, and conceal ourselves behind those bushes, and wait to see his perplexity when he cannot find them.”

“My young friend,” answered the professor, “we should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor. But you are rich, and may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of this poor man. Put a coin in each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch how this affects him.”

The student did so and they both placed themselves behind the bushes close by. The poor man soon finished his work, and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes.

While putting on his coat he slipped his foot into one of his shoes, but feeling something hard, he stooped down to feel what it was, and found the coin. Astonishment and wonder were seen upon his countenance. He gazed upon the coin, turned it around, and looked at it again and again.

He then looked around him on all sides, but no person was to be seen. He now put the money into his pocket, and proceeded to put on the other shoe; but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin.

His feelings overcame him; he fell upon his knees, looked up to the heavens and uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving in which he spoke of his wife who was sick and helpless, and his children without bread, whom this timely bounty, from some unknown hand,would save from perishing.

The student stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears. “Now,” said the professor, are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?”

The youth replied, “You have taught me a lesson which I will never forget. I feel now the truth of these words, which I never understood before: “It’s more blessed to give than to receive.”

Abdullah bin Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallAllahu alaiyhi wassallam) said that encouraging good, prohibiting evil, lifting the burden of the weak person and removing an offensive thing from a path are all acceptable prayers to Allah.
[ibn Majah]


7 responses to “Give and you shall receive

  1. member lu

    i encouter the same thing when i was still a kid.
    found coins in my shoe. like one day after another.
    haha…bt when i grew up i knew it was my parents. haha..
    they wanted to teach me how to “menabung”. lol.

    klu skrng gtu kn best…hahha ari2 nk pakai kasut jumpe duit. kuang3

  2. simplymardy

    woah serious pe.. macam santa clause letak present kat dalam stokin.. lol.. =P

  3. ok, next meeting i’ll expect money on my slippers. try to put notes instead, its more relevant in today’s context. be generous k kecik =D

    oh by the way its no more tat sing. she passed away peacefully last month. its sofian now -_-“

  4. simplymardy

    ahh i see you’ve changed ur beloved slippers’ race as well. >_<

    generosity is subjective.. why, does spidey need to buy a new suit? XD

  5. seekinghuda

    For a moment, i couldn’t figure what Hairil meant when he said “tat sing”.

    Then I went oooohhh…I get it now.

    I didn’t know slippers could RIP. Haha!

  6. simplymardy

    Oh and I must add this! I’m so amazed at how Hairil can hike with slippers, sometimes even barefoot. And his slippers are the selipar jamban type hokay no kidding (the brand was “Tat Sing”). Even the rangers hike with shoes on. *Salute big time*

    Actually we’re the spoilt & pampered ones.. Zaman dulu where got track shoes..

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