Monday, May 27, 2013

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.

NB. It is interesting to note that the Nabis of Allah Taala (Alayhimus salaam) at some time in their lives, generally before Nubuwwat, tended to sheep, and other such animals.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Once Abu Jahl had some gravel pebbles hidden in his hand. He asked RasulAllah(SAW) "If you are truly Allah's Messenger, tell me what I have in my hand? Youinform people of things from beyond the heavens, therefore it should be easy foryou to tell me what is in my hand".RasulAllah (SAW) replied: "Shall I inform you of what is in your hand, or should thethings in your hand themselves tell you who I am? "Abu Jahl retorted: "I would like both things". RasulAllah (SAW) said: "There are sixpebbles in your hand".Then at the command of RasulAllah (SAW) ~ everyone of the pebbles began torecite the Kalima Shahaadah. When Abu Jahl saw this miracle, he became soangry that he threw the pebbles hard on the ground and turned to go home.May his head remain covered in dust. The accursed one remained blind to thetruth and his eyes were like that of the accursed Iblees who saw Nabi Adam (A.S.)as a mere being created of dust. He could not see the soul which was crowned with'the crown of prophethood. Of that he was completely unaware.