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Story of a Family and their Donkey

Once, a father and son were travelling. The father was sitting on a donkey whilst the son was pulling the reigns of the donkey. They decided to take turns riding the donkey. One hour the father would ride and the next hour the son would ride. They suddenly came upon a village when the people shouted out to the father, “Don’t you have brains? You, a big dunce on the donkey while your little son is pulling the donkey!” The father immediately jumped down and put the son on the donkey and they carried on travelling.

When they came to the next village, the people shouted out to the son, “Don’t you have any shame? You, strong boy on the donkey while your weak old father is pulling the donkey!” The son suggested to the father to also jump onto the donkey, and they both continued travelling. When they came to the next village, the people shouted, “Don’t you have any mercy? Two big dunces on one small donkey!”

They both immediately jumped down. The father now grabbed the front feet while the son grabbed the back feet. Now they were carrying the donkey and moving along. When they came to the next village, the people laughed and said, “You two fools, a donkey is for riding not for carrying.” The father and son put the donkey down and carried on walking. The father told the son, “You see my son! You cannot please everyone. No matter how much we tried to please the people we can never make them happy. Let us continue with our original plan and don’t worry about what the people will say.”

Moral of the story: All the time we try to make ourselves happy, our friends happy, our cousins happy but how much do we try to make our Allah happy? Before we do or say anything, ask ourselves, will our Allah be happy or not? Before sleeping at night, think to ourselves, how many times did I make my Allah happy today? Every morning when we wake up, make a strong intention, ‘Today I will make my Allah happy!’ Don’t forget! If Allah is happy, then we will be happy as well.

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