King & the Ascetic

Once a King was riding through the country surrounded by his courtiers and soldiers. Everyone bowed to the king as he passed by, except for an ascetic.

The King halted his procession and had the ascetic brought to him. He demanded to know why the man did not bow to him.

The ascetic replied, ‘ Let all these people bow to you. They all want what you have-money, power, rank. Thank God these things mean nothing to me.’

Then he added, ‘Further more, a free man will never bow to a slave.’

The King cried: ‘What you mean?’

The ascetic said calmly: ‘You are a slave to anger,greed and fame.’

Looking the King full in face he said: ‘ I have made them my servants and become a free man’

Recognizing the truth of what he heard, the King saluted the ascetic & left.

Moral: Human Nature desires power that is owned by God only, so never become slave of your desires, but become slave of the God alone.

38 Responses to King & the Ascetic

  1. Adonis Argus November 3, 2011 at 5:43 AM #

    we need to submit to ALMIGHTY’s will …

  2. BeBe September 19, 2011 at 10:44 AM #

    very nice lession. Thanks

  3. monalisa September 19, 2011 at 7:14 AM #

    Let us all become the slaves of our faith instead of being enslaved by anger, greed and fame…

  4. monalisa September 19, 2011 at 7:14 AM #

    Let us all become the slaves of our faith instead of being enslaved by anger, greed and fame…

  5. Humayundaud September 18, 2011 at 1:06 PM #

    very nice msg 🙂 …

  6. Fahim Anwar Dar September 18, 2011 at 2:47 AM #

    Moral: Human Nature desires power that is owned by God only so never become slave of your desires become slave of the God alone…

    • Ali September 19, 2011 at 10:24 AM #

      Congratulations Fahim Anwar Dar.
      Your moral has been chosen as the best and incorporated in the story.
      Thanks for contributing.

  7. Sami September 17, 2011 at 7:30 PM #

    he who is a servant to God, will be the king of the world

  8. Asif shah September 17, 2011 at 10:55 AM #

    moral of the story.

  9. Faris Akram September 17, 2011 at 10:13 AM #

    The moral of this story: control the ego and and you can overcome all of your weaknesses.

  10. Raoparwez September 17, 2011 at 7:21 AM #

    Moral for the above story:

    Slavery is a feeling not rounding your head

  11. Dewi September 17, 2011 at 6:19 AM #

    Obey GOD and you will be a slave who has freedom.

  12. HAIDER ALI786 September 17, 2011 at 6:01 AM #

    Nice Story Thanks for sharing
    Moral For The Story Is…


  13. YusefQasemQufaanAl-Yemeni September 16, 2011 at 9:53 PM #

    First off, very nice!
    Next, i think the moral should be something like this:
       “This Dunya is full of unimportant [things] so do for your Hereafter because in it, everything is important.”?!?
    i dnt know if that good but i put it in simple english lol
    Thanks 😀

    • Ali September 17, 2011 at 5:16 AM #

      Good try Yusef.

  14. Rafiqp September 16, 2011 at 9:44 PM #


  15. Mahmoud Aldahmashawy September 16, 2011 at 8:47 PM #

    the moral of the story (king and ascetic) is                                                                       God creates us free    We will never let anything make us slaves .

  16. Zozik Rawanduzy September 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM #

    when you can’t overcome anger, greed and fame you are a slave even if you are a king, but when you overcome them you are a king even if you are poor man.

  17. Sibeltdemir_57 September 16, 2011 at 4:34 PM #

    if you don’t lean behind the world and its belonging, it will definitely come after you.:)

  18. Danya September 16, 2011 at 3:49 PM #

    Moral : Think of what you have done and check weather you are perfect before judging or commenting a person

  19. Stephen September 16, 2011 at 1:47 PM #

    We have heard all of this anger, greed etc etc etc, Pride before a fall, but Sara, your nail has hit the Head directly through this Ascetic man, as we live our lives like the king, with all this ego, character assasination, gossip etc etc & still are not happy, because we are slaves of all the above & we need to be like the Ascetic man & surrender ourselves to the Almighty, as there is nothing impossible for him, whereever anything is impossible, he says I M POSSIBLE, so don’t be my slave, but my follower, as just be honest in whatever you do for the good & the kingdom of heaven will accept you in open arms. God Bless All. 

    • Ali September 17, 2011 at 5:15 AM #

      Rightly said Stephen.

  20. Shakabansh5 September 16, 2011 at 11:52 AM #

    Hi Sara : The ascetic man convince the king that bow only for GOD not for the slave ,that why the king cried.Thanks  

  21. mustafa September 16, 2011 at 11:43 AM #

    never give up to greed anger, or money and you will be a king or your life

    or give me your money, you’ll be happier without it

    but i think we should change the ending to the king killed that man, it’s more logical

  22. Sheikh Salim September 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM #

    Moral of the Story: Anger, Greed & Fame become servants to the servant of Allah.

  23. Misk September 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM #

    This is sort of unrealistic, in real life this would probably end with killing this man.

    • Engineer September 16, 2011 at 11:50 AM #

      Well this is a story to highlight a important point.

  24. Yunus September 16, 2011 at 10:29 AM #

    Thanks for yours everyday. May Allah reward you abundantly.
    The story shows that the closer you are to God the wiser you will be and you will acquire higher values that make life meaningful

  25. Kalilkojo September 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM #

    intersting story

  26. Mubarek Alamin85 September 16, 2011 at 8:23 AM #

    I guess not everyone who looks smart is smart until you talk to one.
    obliviously ascent man want to change of the servant to free liberal.
    king is just serving the empire security.  

  27. Tahir September 16, 2011 at 7:25 AM #

    It is a good lesson for all of us. I must add a MORAL for this story;

    Moral: If you beg from GOD, you beg from one, otherwise you beg from every one.

  28. Aminabulgaria September 16, 2011 at 7:12 AM #

    The moral of the story of the KIng and the Ascétic could be:

    “Being a slave of God is better than being a king of the world!” or

    “Make your point/speak the truth in the right time, place, context and before the right person, in order to reach the hearts”

    • Farah September 16, 2011 at 10:12 AM #

      1st title is gr8 🙂

  29. Arhumtariqbutt September 16, 2011 at 7:09 AM #

    the more materialistic things you gain in life, the more chained you get, to really be above all we need to extinguish our greed for worldly possessions.

  30. Njavaid80 September 16, 2011 at 6:41 AM #

    Always keep in mind the death, which makes a person away from money, power and rank resulting no anger and no greeding for fame.

  31. Abier Al.Madfah September 16, 2011 at 6:30 AM #

    great story!

  32. Fasil Khan September 16, 2011 at 5:28 AM #

    great story.

  33. Rami Youssef September 16, 2011 at 5:25 AM #

    Moral: Pride goes beforre a fall.