Do The Fruits Taste Bitter?

Once there was a famous King and he had a slave called Shafiq.

The King loved Shafiq very much because of his great wisdom.

From time to time, the King would test Shafiq with various things to see how much love Shafiq had for him.

One day, King gathered the most bitter fruits from his garden and called Shafiq.

The King told Shafiq to eat them. Shafiq took the fruits in his hands and kissed them and then started eating them without any hesitation.

The King observed that Shafiq was eating the fruits with great pleasure and the bitter taste was not affecting him in any way.

Now the King started thinking that he might’ve picked the wrong fruits, so, he took one of the fruits from Shafiq to find out.

As soon as the King took a bite, he was overwhelmed by the bitterness of the fruit and started screaming for water.

When the King settled down, he asked Shafiq why he was unaffected by the fruits.

Shafiq said “You only see the bitterness of the fruits but you don’t see the one who gave them to me? They were given to me by the king himself!!!”

Dear Readers, today we find some of the instructions of God bitter and hard to follow. However, they are given to us by the King of all kings, our Lord!!!

So shouldn’t we  follow them with great love & enthusiasm ???

21 Responses to Do The Fruits Taste Bitter?

  1. Hashmi December 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM #


    What you want to say that I can understand , but the way you explained that is TOTALLY WRONG..

    ALLAAH Subhanahu Ta A La , never gives us any kind of bitterness or hardness,

    We only make them in bitter and hard, as per our deeds,

    Hope you understand what i want to say.

    Regards Hashmi

    Jazak Allaahu Qair

  2. rania June 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM #

    Faithfulness for a person makes a big difference than faithfulness to God; God faithfulness is not negotiable wither we have known knew the wisdom or not, but faithfulness to a humanbeing has a purpose despite the intentions 🙂

  3. ADEGOKE WAHAB May 24, 2013 at 5:36 PM #

    Great!!! that is the first pillar of islam (IMAN)

  4. um mustafa January 21, 2013 at 1:59 PM #

    very nice…..thank you dear Sara

    • Ali - Admin January 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM #

      Welcome dear.

  5. Hussain R HJI November 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM #

    You are right Sara, we should’nt forget the God’s blessing and his love which he give and grant us in many ways with out we knowing it..
    Sara thank you for publishing such valuble articles. you are great, keep up

    • Ali - Admin November 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM #

      Thanks Hussain !

  6. Ahmad Yaqoot Butt November 11, 2012 at 8:26 PM #

    Ma’sha’Allah very nice.
    Jazzak-Allah-o- Khair-wa Ahsan……….

  7. sharif123 November 6, 2012 at 11:46 PM #

    Good moral

  8. Abdul Azeem November 4, 2012 at 12:58 PM #

    This story resembles of Hazrath Luqman (a.s) mentioned in some tafseer work.

  9. Mirash August 15, 2012 at 6:13 PM #


  10. Mubarek AL-Amin August 12, 2012 at 5:26 AM #

    Yeaah….. Allah Akbir

  11. Ian August 10, 2012 at 8:20 AM #

    The story was good and an eye opener.

    But when i see the comments below i see that there are still good people who understand what it meant barring a few.

  12. mufeed August 10, 2012 at 2:18 AM #

    shafiq foucesd on the positive side ( the king offer him fruits)
    and he ignore the negative side( the bitterness)

    the moral is : to be Postive person you have to think postively.

  13. ibrahimtirur August 9, 2012 at 6:53 PM #

    Very good. The story remembering us about our stand and mission in this world.
    Al Hamdu Lillah.

  14. sharif123 August 9, 2012 at 6:33 PM #

    We are beyond to eavalute the wisdom of HIM. There may be certain good reasons for the bitterness of the bitter fruits which the sweet fruits are missing.

  15. Paras August 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM #

    Was it not Shafiq trying to save his head or his position with the King… A great hypocrite.

  16. hassan mahroof August 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM #

    this is a direct hit to the mind of belivers to think more about Allah’s rules and regulations.
    Thanks for the stricking story.

  17. mimi August 9, 2012 at 4:42 PM #

    thank you so much for reminding us by this story of the greatness of ALLAH and that we are on this earth his slaves(3ibadoho) and that our mission is to pray HIM in the way he ordered us without complaining.
    thanks for sharing

  18. ADMANI August 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM #


  19. hubaidat lawal August 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM #