If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on
your back, a roof overhead  and a place to sleep ... you are richer
than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and  spare change in a
dish someplace ... you are among the top 8% of the  world's wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... you are
more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture,
or the pangs of
are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can pray in mosque without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death ... you are more blessed than three billion people in the

If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly
thankful... you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can read this message, you are more blessed
than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

Have a good day, and count your blessings to thank ALLAH.

Waqidi, the Arab historian said:

I had two friends. One of them was of the family of Hashim. We were like

One day my wife said to me, 'The Eid festival is coming and we are in utter
want. You and I can put up with this difficulty, but my heart bleeds when I
think ofour children. They see the children of the neighbours in the
choicest of dresses for the festival while they themselves are in rags. Do
please find a way out'.

I wrote to my Hashimit friend seeking his assistance in the matter. He sent
me a sealed purse which, he informes, had a thousand dirhams in it. I was
congratulating myself on my deliverance from distress when the third
friend's letter reached me; he was making a similar request to what I was
requesting. So I sent him the pursue unopened.

I retired to the mosque and passed the night there, as I was afraid to meet
my wife. In the morning I returned home and frankly told my wife what I had
don. She approved of my action.

While we were talkiong, in came the Hashimite friend with the purse
as before, and he asked me to tell him what I had done with the money he
sent. He added, 'When you wrote to me, my sole posession in the world was
the purse which I sent you; so I wrote to our common friend seeking help
from him, and he returned my own purse unopened'.

So we (the three friends) divided the contents of the purse amongst us and
met our Eid expenses.

When Caliph Mamum heard of this, he sent us seven thousand dinars; two
thousand for each of us three, and one thousand for my wife.

[Ref: Lectures on Arabic Historians, Margoliouth]

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