Scholar & His Disciple – Moral Story

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A great Scholar and his Disciple were taking a morning walk around the fields when they saw  a pair of old shoes lying down, which they supposed to belong to a poor man who was employed in a field close by,and who had nearly finished his day’s work.

The Disciple turned to the Scholar, saying: “Let us play the man a trick: we will hide his shoes, and conceal ourselves behind those bushes, and wait to see his perplexity when he cannot find them.”

“My young friend,” answered the Scholar, “we should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor. But you are rich, and may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of this poor man. Put a coin in each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch how this affects him.”

The Disciple did so and they both placed themselves behind the bushes close by. The poor man soon finished his work, and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes.

While putting on his coat he slipped his foot into one of his shoes, but feeling something hard, he stooped down to feel what it was, and found the coin. Astonishment and wonder were seen upon his countenance. He gazed upon the coin, turned it around, and looked at it again and again.

He then looked around him on all sides, but no person was to be seen. He now put the money into his pocket, and proceeded to put on the other shoe; but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin.

His feelings overcame him; he fell upon his knees, looked up to heaven and uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving in which he spoke of his wife who was sick and helpless, and his children without bread, whom this timely bounty, from some unknown hand,would save from perishing.

The Disciple stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears. “Now,” said the Scholar, are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?”

The youth replied, “You have taught me a lesson which I will never forget.

I feel now the truth of these words, which I never understood before: “It’s more blessed to give than to receive.”

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27 Responses to Scholar & His Disciple – Moral Story

  1. Nadeemusman_2006 January 8, 2012 at 8:34 AM #

    very moraable lesson

  2. Awannaeem81 January 6, 2012 at 4:07 AM #

    very nice and full of morality story. it touches the soul not heart


  3. Rehanaisaani November 21, 2011 at 7:08 PM #

    sara you are too dear thanks for penning so nice articles

  4. Muhammad Ikram November 12, 2011 at 1:43 PM #

    Dear Sara

    Really it is very heart touching story and has a great lesson to help others.  As per the saying of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) “Upper hand is better than the lower hand”. 

    Have a nice day!

    Best regards – M. Ikram

  5. Dr.maya November 11, 2011 at 5:13 PM #

    it’s more blessed to give than receive ..
    liiiiiiiiiiiike 🙂

  6. Mohamaddaba62 November 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM #

    It is a good story from which i learned important meanings : 1 – Giving is better than taking . 2 – It is good to think good before acting something. 3 – The poors need from riches to think for them . 4 – You must have a scholar to become good learner

    • Sara November 11, 2011 at 1:59 AM #

      Good lessons!!

    • Syed A K February 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM #

      Good Lessons… Thanks

  7. Nidal November 8, 2011 at 2:07 PM #

    nice one,thanks for sharing

  8. Dori November 7, 2011 at 8:43 PM #

    The prophet (SAW) said who so ever sleeps with his belly full and his neighbor is hungry is not a muslim.  So brother and sisters in Islam if we are to remain as muslim it is obligatory upon us to look for the hungry people.  

  9. sharifsyed November 7, 2011 at 8:12 AM #

    Subhanallah……if every one of us start thinking about the ones who are less fortunate, inshallah we will have  abetter future for our young generation to come…..come all you in the name of Allah subhanawatala, let us help honestly with our zakats/sadaqat/and fitrats……………jazakallah

  10. Bilalwani23 November 5, 2011 at 6:47 AM #

    Nice story….

  11. Captazad November 5, 2011 at 3:47 AM #

    u r  genius afridi_nf8

  12. Junedayz November 4, 2011 at 8:56 PM #

    thanx for the story
    i wish i can do that some day find a shoe in a field knowing someone will come and get it and put coins in there…
    eid muabarak everyone! =D

    • Dr.Zahid November 5, 2011 at 9:44 AM #

      I think the story has served its purpose when you are thinking to do the same,but it doesnot need a shoe to do that,you can do it your own way,because the idea is to bring pleasure on others faces.Eid Mubarak to you and every one.

  13. Aisha November 4, 2011 at 8:28 PM #

     a very touching story…thanx alot ^_^

  14. nagla November 4, 2011 at 7:39 PM #

    thank u sara its a nice story I will tell 2 my son zizo

  15. Anonymous November 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM #

    helping people brings us happiness

    tried it

  16. Haider Ali786 November 4, 2011 at 11:12 AM #


    • Sara November 4, 2011 at 12:44 PM #

      Thanks Haider

  17. Abier November 4, 2011 at 9:38 AM #

    reminds me of sami yusuf’s nasheed “healing”….
    simple act of kindness brings such meaning
    A smile can change a life let’s start believingAnd feeling, let’s start healingHeal and you will be healedBreak every borderGive and you will receiveIt’s Nature’s ordercome on people, let’s start healing =)

  18. Afridi_nf8 November 4, 2011 at 7:51 AM #

    Sara are you male or female??? The name seems female.

    • Gokussj16 November 4, 2011 at 8:50 AM #

      y u want 2 marry sara if she is female ?

      • CANADArox November 6, 2011 at 3:09 AM #

        that was just immature Gokussj16. Seriously, maybe he was just wondering, just asking a quesstion doesn’t mean that there is interest in matrimony on his part.

        • CANADArox November 6, 2011 at 4:44 AM #

          also, nice story Sarah. I thought that the story was amazing and sweet. When I go downtown it bothers me how some people treat beggars and the like as if they were less human than the rest of the world. I can relate to the feelings of the disciple because you don’t believe how AMAZING it feels when you see a poor person’s face light up with gratitude when you hand them a cup of coffee from the nearest Tim’s or a simple burger. Just a basic lunch for you but a delicacy for them.
          love the lesson!

          Assalamu alaikum warehmatullahi wabarakatu

    • Abier November 4, 2011 at 9:12 AM #

      off course she’s a female…..

  19. Afridi_nf8 November 4, 2011 at 7:50 AM #

    Hmm yes.