A poor sheep herder in the desert is asked to give up one of his sheep for some money
Watch the video to know his response
(For those who can’t watch the video a transcript of the conversation is available after the video)
[Men are testing the trust of a sheep herder]
One of the Men: Will you sell us one (ie. sheep) ?
Sheep Herder: No, no, no…
Man: Why ?
SH: This is not mine to sell !
Man: Okay, just give us one…
SH: I give you something that’s not mine, O shaikh ???
Man: Nothing wrong with it, just tell him it got lost
SH: I tell him that it got lost ? Isn’t that haraam
SH: Does the shibr (grave) have the excuse “Lost” ? When they put
you later in the shibr?
Man: What is the shibr?
SH: The grave, does it have something called “it got lost”? There is
nothing called “It got lost”
Man:You mean there is accountability there?
SH: By Allah, it’s a difficult accountability
Man: What do you think when you are herding, do you feel
Man: Yes, while you walk with it (i.e. the sheep), do you feel
comfortable and happy ?
SH: I feel comfortable, Alhamdulillah (All Praise be to Allah (God)).
Whoever earns halaal means (that which is lawful/permissible) is
comfortable. All praise be to Allah
Man: Okay, just give us one… May Allah have mercy on your parents
SH: No, it’s just like the sky and stepping on the earth
Man: What ?
SH: like the sky and stepping on Earth
Man: How so ?
SH: The sky and the Earth are they close to each other ?
SH: Then I will not give you my sheep
SH: If I give you my sheep, then the sky and the Earth must come
close together first.
Man: We will give you 200 Riyal
SH: It means that is impossible, it is impossible for the sky and
Earth to come together, right?
Man (again): We will give you 200 Riyal
SH: By Allah, even if you give me 200,000 Riyal. I swear by Allah,
By the Lord of the Ka’bah. For 200,000 I won’t give it to you
Man: Why? Nobody sees you here
SH: What ?
Man: I say nobody sees you here and we won’t tell anyone
SH: Allah…. Does he see me ??
Man: He sees you of course
SH: Then that’s it ! Then who is going to hold me accountable, YOU
OR MY LORD ?
Look at the shepherd’s trustworthiness. Look at the tremendous knowledge he has. Just look at the tremendous Taqwa (God-consciousness, mindfulness and piety) he has. Just imagine a World of people with such attitude. Would there be any crime left ? People not cheating not because of fear of police, but because they are aware that the Supreme being is watching them all the time. How beautiful such a World would be… Just imagine…
All praises and Glory are due to Allah (God)
These are the values that are expected of us human beings. No
money and no treasure is more important than the character and the
attitude of a person.
We Live Rich Lives Yet Our Character Is Poor
These people Live Poor Lives Yet Their Character is Rich.
“ONLY THOSE WITH KNOWLEDGE FEAR ALLAH (GOD) AS HE
OUGHT TO BE FEARED”
“If You Fear Allah You Avoid What Allah Has Forbidden”
“Fear Allah and You Will Have No Cause To Fear Anyone”
1. Ka’bah – a black cube structure in Makkah, God instructed
Muslims to pray in the direction of Ka’bah
2. “Halaal” is an Arabic word meaning “lawful” or “permitted”.
3. Haraam is the opposite of halaal, which means “unlawful” or
4. Shaikh – The term is often used by Muslims to address learned
men or elders who possess knowledge.
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