In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
years ago an Imam moved to London, United Kingdom. He often took
the bus from his home to the downtown area. Some weeks after he
arrived, he had occasion to ride the same bus. When he sat down, he
discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a twenty
pence (a.k.a 'tuppence') too much change.
As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, you better give the twenty pence back. It would be wrong to keep it. Then he thought, "Oh, forget it, it's only tuppence. Who would worry about this little amount and I wouldn't have to go through the hassle of making my way to the front to return it to the bus driver! Anyway the bus company already gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a gift from Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala and keep quiet."
When his stop came, the Imam paused momentarily at the door, turned around and handed the twenty pence back to the driver and said, "Here, you gave me too much change". The driver with a smile, replied,"Aren't you the new Imam in this area? I have been thinking lately about going to worship at your Mosque.I just wanted to see what you would do, if I gave you too much change."
When the Imam stepped off the bus, his knees became weak and soft, he had to grab the nearest light pole and held on for support, and looked up to the heavens and cried: "Oh Allah, I almost sold You and Islam for twenty pence!"
"O our Lord! truly Thou
Dost know what we conceal
And what we reveal:
For nothing whatever is hidden
From Allah, whether on earth
Or in heaven"
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Surah Al Nahl
And Allah doth know
What you conceal,
And what you reveal.
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Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Brothers and Sisters in Islam
may never see the impact our actions have on people. Sometimes we are
the only Qur'an someone will read, or the only Islam
someone will see. We can't settle for our sins and think that since
we have been defiled by our sins, we cannot be a model for
the Islamic life. Quite the contrary. We are all on the same
level, as human beings. We are all sinners and need
However, the big difference is that you and I are saved by our belief in Islam, while others may not have accepted that gift. Don't emphasise all the differences that Muslims and Non-Muslims have. Emphasise on how alike we essentially are, with one major difference - let Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala deal with the void in their hearts. All we must do is provide, inshaa'Allahu Ta'ala, an example for them to look to.
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