How Much Does A Prayer Weigh?


Fatimah, a poorly dressed lady with a look of forlorn on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, and they had seven children and they needed food very badly.

Ahmad, the grocer and a mean man by nature, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. Visualising the family needs, she pleaded : 'Please, Brother Ahmad! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can. Please, have pity on my hungry children" Ahmad told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store.

Standing beside the counter was a customer who was well-known in the village as Mr. Hussien who overheard the conversation between the Fatimah and the grocer. Mr. Hussien, who is well known for his  charitable heart, walked forward and told the grocer that he would pay  for whatever she needed for her family.


The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, "Do you have a grocery list? Fatimah replied, "Yes Brother I do."  "O.K." he said in a mean voice,  "put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries."

Fatimah hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed. The eyes of Ahmad, the grocer and Mr. Hussien showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down.

Ahmad, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, "I can't believe it." The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on  them until the scales would hold no more. The grocer stood there in

utter amazement.

Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list,  it was a prayer which read :


"Dear Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala, you know what my family needs and I am leaving this in Your hands."

The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence. Fatimah thanked him and Mr. Hussien left the store.

Mr. Hussien then paid the bill to the grocer and said, "It was worth every penny of it." It was sometime later that the grocer discovered the scales were broken, therefore, only ............


        Allah Knows How Much A Prayer Weighs.

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Surah Al Shura 42


Aya 19



Gracious is Allah

To His servants:

He gives Sustenance

To who He pleases:

And He has Power

And can carry out

His Will


Aya 26



And He listens to

Those who believe and

Do deeds of righteousness,

And gives them increase

Of His Bounty: but

For the Unbelievers there is

A terrible Penalty.

the prayers of the righteous, Allah Subhanahu was Ta'ala listens, and He gives them His Bounty beyond their deserts. Every time they do a little good, they are increased in their goodness. Every right impluse or aspiration is strengthen and leads to progressive advancement with Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala.


The source of all gifts is Allah 'Azza wa Jall. His bounty is inexhaustible and He gives to all; but He does not give to all in the same measure, out of the fullness of His knowledge and wisdom, He can judge best what is best for any of his creatures. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala gives sustenance to whom He pleases i.e. provisions for all needs, physical, moral and spiritual etc.,  but His provisions is according to His wise Will and Plan and not according to people's extravagant demands. He can provide for all in any amount, because he has complete Power and can carry out His Will.

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