The Pious Man And The Vicious Crab

Once a pious man saw a crab drowning in the river and decided to save it by pulling it off the water. Every time the man reached the crab to save it, it stung him and the man had to let go of the crab and it fell back into the water. This continued for quite a while.

A boy passing by approached the man trying to save the crab and said, “Excuse me Sir, why are you trying to save this harmful, vicious creature don’t you realize it’s hurting you each time you try to save it, just let go of it”


The man replied, “The nature of the crab is to sting and mine is to help. My nature will not change in helping the crab” . Having said that the man thought for a while and used a leaf from a nearby tree and pulled the crab out from the water and saved it.


Moral of the Story:

There are two things to learn from this story

1. Never give up on anything that you find difficult. If you tried something that didn’t work, try different ways. Keep trying until you succeed.

2. Do not change your nature just because someone hurts you with their words or actions. Let your conscience be your guide in whatever you do.

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13 Responses to The Pious Man And The Vicious Crab

  1. sameer ali February 15, 2015 at 7:50 PM #

    mashallah wonderful…got to learn something very beautiful…

  2. rpp kurikulum 2013 May 16, 2014 at 9:33 AM #

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  3. Ramakrishnan Ranganathn March 19, 2014 at 2:52 PM #

    A good one. Thank you.

  4. Yunus December 31, 2013 at 7:56 PM #

    the Holy Prophet (SAW) said. That a believer is not stung twice in the same whole.

  5. Syed A K Ahmed December 25, 2013 at 6:45 PM #

    heard the story long back, but it was scorpion instead of crab

  6. Bhawani Prasad November 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM #

    do not change your originality for the sake of others because no one play your role better than you in this world

  7. Nosaiba September 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM #

    Thank you Sarah

  8. sharif123 September 18, 2013 at 2:40 PM #

    Both morals are unique in their senses. one more thing in positive side is that you are managing time to reply your readers.

  9. Riaz Ahmad Barni September 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM #

    I request you not to allow obscene ads like the one on the right “Wartune – Male gamers only”. Wish you all the success with your motivational, inspirational & didactic messages. Kind regards

    • Ali - Admin September 18, 2013 at 1:39 PM #

      Thanks for informing.
      We are tracking and removing them.

    • Um Abdullah September 18, 2013 at 5:27 PM #

      Good point. Please stop the obscene ads, but continue the good stories. Thanks

      • Sana - Editor FFJ September 18, 2013 at 6:04 PM #

        Thanks for pointing it out. We are working on that.