Inspirational Stories from Quran for Kids (Project Aakaar)
Once, a visitor was being shown around a leper colony in India. The colony was built to provide a shelter for those people who were poor and had various physical disabilities. At noon a gong (a metal disk that produces a sound when hit with a hammer) sounded to gather the inhabitants for the midday meal. People came from all parts of the compound to the dining hall. Suddenly, everyone started laughing at seeing two young men; one riding on the other's back, pretending to be a horse and a rider. They were having lots of fun. As the visitor watched, he was told that the man who carried his friend was blind, and the man being carried was lame (who couldn't walk). The one who couldn't see used his feet; the one who couldn't walk used his eyes. Together they helped each other and reached their destination.Let us use each other's strengths to make up for the weaknesses of others. Our strength is in unity, not in division.
Story 2. Simple Acts of CharityQasim Rahimahullah narrates: A man passed by Abu Darda (RA) in Damascus when he was planting a tree and said to Abu Darda (RA): Are you also doing a (worldly) work, though you are a Sahabi (companion) of Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him)? He said: Don't hasten to blame me; I heard Rasulullah saying: Never did a man plant a sapling (a young tree), and then a man, or any other creation of Allah Glory to Him, ate (or benefited) from it, except that it becomes a Sadaqah (charity) for the planter.
Islam considers the slightest acts of helping others as charity! Even smiling at others to make them happy is counted as charity. It is due to our selfishness that mankind suffers. Let us give more and take less.
Story 3. What do you love the most?Ibne Umar (RA) used to buy sugar (made from dates) and distribute it among the poor. His servant once submitted that it would be better if bread were given to the poor instead of sugar, as they would benefit more from it. He agreed with the suggestion but said that Allah Ta'ala has said: You will never attain piety unless you spend of that which you love.(Al-Imran:92).
Since, he himself loved sugar most, he gave the same to the poor.
Subhan-Allah! How beautifully they would give away what they love the most, so that they may fulfill one of the commandments of Allah. May Allah also give us these great qualities. Ameen
Story 4.The two wolves inside of us
An old Indian Grandfather said to his grandson who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice........
"Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy.
It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times."He continued......"It is as if there are two wolves inside me;One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all round him and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way. He saves all his energy for the right fight.But the other wolf, ahhh!He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason.He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing.Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit."The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked..."Which one wins, Grandfather?"The Grandfather smiled and quietly said......"The one I feed."
Story 5.When our fathers irritate us
An old man was sitting in the courtyard of his house along with his son who had received a high education. Suddenly a crow perched on a wall of the house. The father asked the son: What is this? The son replied: It is a crow. After a little while the father again asked the son: What is this? The son said: It is a crow.
After a few minutes the father asked his son the third time: What is this? The son said: Father, I have just now told you that this is a crow. After a little while the old father again asked his son the fourth time: what is this? By this time some statement of irritation was felt in the son's tone when he rebuffed his father: Father! It is a crow, a crow. A little after the father again asked his son: What is this? This time the son replied to his father with a vein of temper. Father: You are always repeating the same question, although I have told you so many times that it is a crow. Are you not able to understand this?
The father went to his room and came back with an old diary. Opening a page he asked his son to read what was written. What the son read were the following words written in the diary:'Today my little son was sitting with me in the courtyard, when a crow came there. My son asked me twenty-five times what it was and I told him twenty-five times that it was a crow and I did not at all feel irritated. I rather felt affection for my innocent child.'The father then explained to his son the difference between a father's and a son's attitude. While you were a little child you asked me this question twenty-five times and I felt no irritation in replying to the question twenty-five times and when today I asked you the same question only five times, you felt irritated, annoyed and impatient with me.
And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.
And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small."
Story 6.Kindness surely pays back
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.
He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?"
"You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness." He said..... "Then I thank you from my heart."Year's later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in a specialist to study her rare disease. After a long struggle, the battle was won.
Finally business office pass the final bill to specialist for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent back.
When she got the bill, she feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill.
She read these words..... "Paid in full with one glass of milk"(Signed) Dr. Hasan Amin.Tears of joy flooded her eyes.
Story 7. The young man who learned what cannot be taught
Once upon a time, there lived in Basra an old man whose only occupation was caring for and loving his only son who was a handsome young man.
The old man invested all his money on his son's education.
The young man went away for a few years and acquired an education at a well known university under the great scholars of that age
The day had arrived for the son to return from his studies and the old man waited at the door for his son.
When the son came and met his father, the old man looked into his eyes and felt great disappointment.
"What have you learnt my son?" he asked,
"I have learnt everything there was to be learnt, father", he said.
"But have you learnt what cannot be taught?" asked the father.
"Go, my son and learn what cannot be taught", said the old man.
The young man went back to his master and asked him to teach him what cannot be taught.
"Go away to the mountains with these four hundred sheep and come back when they are one thousand", said the master.
The young man went to the mountains and became a shepherd.
There for the first time he encountered a silence.
He had no one to talk to.
The sheep did not understand his language.
In his desperation, he would talk to them but they would look back at him as if to say he was stupid.
Slowly but surely he began to forget all his worldly knowledge, his ego, his pride and he became quiet like the sheep and great wisdom and humility came to him.
At the end of two years when the number of sheep had grown to one thousand, he returned to his master and fell on his feet.
"Now you have learnt what cannot be taught," said the master.