Is it good luck or bad luck?

There was once  an old trader who had a donkey for transporting his material to the other village for sale. One day the donkey escaped into the hills and, when all the trader’s neighbors sympathised with the old man over his bad luck, the trader replied, ‘Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?’

A week later the donkey returned with a herd of wild donkeys from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the trader on his good luck. His reply was, ‘Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?’

Then, when the trader’s son attempted to tame one of the wild donkeys, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the trader, whose only reaction was, ‘Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?’

Some weeks later the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the trader’s son with his broken leg they let him off. Now was that good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?

Moral: God alone knows what is good or bad for us. Therefore have trust in God in all situations of life. And believe that which God does, is best for us.

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9 Responses to Is it good luck or bad luck?

  1. Adonis Argus November 3, 2011 at 9:05 AM #

    this verse is specifically for JIHAD … its wrong n sin to mention half verse …

  2. Säjið Säðique August 26, 2011 at 4:37 PM #

    Good Luck! 😉

  3. mustafa August 26, 2011 at 4:38 AM #

    great story like the prince who had his son killed and he lost his finger his minister said it may be good but he put him in prison after he was fet up with him then he went out and found people who eat people but they didn’t eat the prince because they started with the hands and they didn’t like his hand (he had lost a finger)

    quite a popular story here in egypt

  4. Shakabansh5 August 26, 2011 at 12:28 AM #

    Can not say bad or good luck ,we trust in GOD in any satuation

  5. YusefQasemQufaanAl-Yemeni August 25, 2011 at 11:18 PM #

    Alhamdulillah for everything
    i really liked the story nd the moral, very nice!
    Thanks 🙂

    • Ali August 27, 2011 at 7:09 PM #


  6. Humayundaud August 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM #

    haha, nice and true 🙂 beautiful story 🙂 thanks for sharing 🙂 …

  7. El-Osery August 25, 2011 at 2:59 PM #

    A good moral story that shows how we should have good faith in God and trust His wisdom and to accept His decisions.

  8. Abed AlRahman Abu-Dayyeh August 25, 2011 at 9:05 AM #

    …But perhaps you hate a thing and
    it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you.
    And Allah Knows, while you know not}
    Holy Qur’an – Surat Al-Baqarah – 2:216