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What Could 1 Million Dollars Do?

A miser had accumulated, by effort, trade and lending, 1 million dollars. He had lands and buildings, and all kinds of wealth. He then decided that he would spend a year in enjoyment, living comfortably, and then decide as what his future should be.

But, almost as soon as he had stopped amassing money the Angel of Death appeared before him, to take his life away.

The miser tried, by every argument which he could muster, to dissuade the Angel, who seemed, however, adamant. Then the man said: “Grant me but three more days and I will give you one-third of my possessions.”

The angel refused, and pulled again at the miser’s life, tugging to take it away.

Then the man said: “If you only allow me two more days on earth, I will give you half million dollars from my store.”

But the Angel would not listen to him. And the Angel even refused to give the man a solitary extra day for all his 1 million dollars. 

The the miser said: “Please, then, give me just time enough to write one little thing down.”

This time the Angel allowed him this single concession, and the man wrote, with his own blood:

“Man, make use of your life. I could not buy one hour for 1 Million dollars. Make sure that you realize the value of your time.”


6 Responses to What Could 1 Million Dollars Do?

  1. j. shehabi May 13, 2013 at 7:43 AM #

    Death can come about any time and without any prior notice. So we should be prepared for it.
    On the other hand, this does not mean that we should not strive and enjoy this life.
    Instead, we should conduct a balanced life: “Do for this life as if we are living forever and do for the hereafter as if we are dying tomorrow.”

  2. Dori May 10, 2013 at 9:10 PM #

    There are people that love and adore Allah (swt!, but are miseries. And lets hope they take heed of the story above.

  3. Dori May 10, 2013 at 9:10 PM #

    There are people that love and adore Allah (swt!, but are miseries. And lets hope they take heed of the story above.

  4. sharif123 May 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM #

    Beautiful example

  5. ABDUL MATIN SHEIKH May 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM #

    YES, VERY TRUE AS WRITTEN BY YUNUS,

    JAZAKALLAH.

    THANKS FOR SHOWING US RIGHT PATH.

    A VERY NICE LESSON.

  6. Yunus May 10, 2013 at 3:25 PM #

    Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’alla) warned us not to let our wealth and our children divert us from the remembrance of ALLAH. For any one that does that shall be among the losers…… Quran Ch. 63 : 9)