To Learn is to Live


This is beautiful story… … …
 An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern
Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa wakeup early
sitting at the kitchen table reading his Quran. His grandson wanted
to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.
One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa! I try to read the Qur’an just
like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget
as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Qur’an do?”
The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and
replied, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a
basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, but all the water
leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed
and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent
him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy
ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home.
Out of breath, he told his
 grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and
he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a
bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying
hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. At
this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his
grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would
Leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the
basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather
the basket was again empty. Out of breathe, he said, “See Grandpa,
it’s useless!” “So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look
at the basket.” The boy looked at the basket and for the first time
realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from
a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out. “Son,
that’s what happens when you read the Qur’an. You might not
understand or remember everything, but when
 you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work
of Allah in our lives.”
 If you feel this email is worth reading, please forward to your
contacts/friends. Prophet Muhammad (P.b.u.h) says: “The one who
guides to good will be rewarded equally”


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by adikbongsu on February 20, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Masya’Allah, indeed a beautiful and profound story,
    jazakillah khairan for sharing sister 🙂

    i enjoy reading it!


  2. What a beautiful story. Cant thank you enough for writing it for all of us.


  3. mash’Allah, this is great sis! Plus, I can totally relate to the mountains. hehe. 😀 Truly lovely. Jazaki Allahu khairan.


  4. As-salaamu’alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister,

    Ooh, I absolutely love this story! Jazaki’Allahu khair for the great reminder 🙂

    Wa’alaykum as-salaam
    Love Farhana


  5. Posted by ktnajeeb on March 4, 2008 at 11:30 am

    masha allah. Jazkaallah khair .people will understand about quran reding on this kind examples.


  6. Posted by sean on March 29, 2008 at 3:58 am

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

    i come back to this story many times in remembrance of God.
    [clean water]
    SubhanAllahi wa biHamdihi
    Astaghfirullah. Astaghfirullah. Astaghfirullah.


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