Abdullah was an energetic person but lacking in certain skills. One day, he left his home to pray Dhuhr in the mosque. It ws his zeal for the prayer & respect for his religion which brought him out to pray. He was walking fast in order to reach the mosque before the Iqamah. On his way, he passed by a date-palm tree on top of which there was a man in uniform, working on the tree. Abdullah became surprised & thought, “Who is this man that doesn’t care about the prayer! It’s as if he didn’t even hear the Adhan, or doesn’t care about the Iqamah, which is about to go!”
He shouted in anger, “Get down & pray!”
The man responded coldly, “OK, OK…”
He said, again, “Hurry up & pray, you donkey!”
The man screamed, “You called me a donkey?!” He then took a branch of the tree & descended in order to hit him over the head with it! ‘Abdullah hide his face with his head scarf so the man wouldn’t recognise him & went on to the mosque. The man descended from the tree in anger, went to his house, prayed & rested for a while. He then returned to the tree to finish his job.
Then Asr time came & Abdullah went to the mosque again. On his way he passed by the same tree & noticed same man working. He decided to change his method altogether & said,
“As-salamu Alaykum! How are you?”
The man replied, “Al-hamdulillah, am fine!”
He said, “Give me some good news. How are the dates this year?”
The man said, “Al-Hamdulillah.”
Abdullah said, “May Allah give you success & provision, make your life easy for you, & not deprive you of the reward for your work!”
The man was overjoyed at hearing this supplication & said ameen to the prayer.
Abdullah then said, “It seems that you are so preoccupied with work that perhaps you didn’t notice the Adhan for ‘Asr prayer. The Adhan has been called & the Iqamah is about to be given.
Perhaps you should get down, relax a little & get ready for prayer. After the prayer you can get on with your work again. May Allah keep you healthy.”
The man said, “InshaAllah…InshaAllah” & began to descend gently. He then turned to Abdullah, shook his hand warmly & said, “I would like to thank you for your excellent manners. As for the one who passed by me at Dhuhr time, I wish I could see him & show him who the real donkey is!”
Culled from Dr. Al-Arifil’s book: Enjoy Your Life.
…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth