Why The Shepherd in Sudan Refused 200,000 Riyals Offer ?

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
(unlawful/impermissible) ?
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
SH: What?
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 ?
Man: No
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

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.


“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.

Please do share what impact this video had on you.

This video also shows us that we shouldn’t judge people based on their looks.

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45 Responses to Why The Shepherd in Sudan Refused 200,000 Riyals Offer ?

  1. Faiz October 13, 2014 at 10:11 PM #

    May Allah bless him. Good people are there, but very less in number. That’s why we don’t see much good these days.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ October 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM #

      Aameen. There are very few good people left in this World and this man is one of them Masha Allah.

  2. Aqadawy September 8, 2014 at 2:08 PM #

    The Prophet Mohammad said:
    Goodwill is present through my Umma (nation) up to the Day..
    Such people are around us everywhere but because evil is MUCH more, we cannot notice them…

    • Sana - Editor FFJ September 15, 2014 at 4:00 PM #

      Very true. May Allah preserve such people and may the ummah get to learn from them.

  3. Ayesha May 22, 2014 at 9:58 AM #

    A Muslim is always aware that Allah is watching

  4. Hakeem April 23, 2014 at 7:41 PM #

    Honesty pays off

  5. khaled ismail April 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM #

    be thankful for God, and you will be happy.

  6. abmalik49 April 12, 2014 at 4:16 AM #

    I could not watch the video, however, reading the conversation that ensued gave me an impression of the rarity of such individuals in our world today. For a man not to be enticed by any amount of worldly gain in exchange for that which he was entrusted with speaks volume.

    May Allaah in His Infinite mercies grant us such Eeman and Taqwa to uphold that which has been entrusted to us in the fear of Allaah until it is returned to its owner. Amin.

    Thank you for always sharing such life lessons with us your fans. May Allaah reward your diligence and grant us Sabr in all our actions, Jazakallah!

    • Sana - Editor FFJ April 12, 2014 at 7:51 AM #

      You are welcome. Thanks for your prayers 🙂

  7. kvkarunakaran March 27, 2014 at 2:39 PM #

    But, No such truthful human will be there in India.

  8. muhammadakbarmy March 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM #

    Masha Allah. These people are called truthful, trustworthy etc. etc.

  9. nazmat1 March 25, 2014 at 1:43 PM #


  10. Razi February 23, 2014 at 7:23 PM #

    Allahuakbar! The honest Shepherd has been given 200,000 Riyals from the Sudanese Embassy as a token of respect!!

    A week ago we shared a video of this shepherd refusing to take 200 Riyal for a sheep that did not belong to him, saying “By Allah even if you give me 200,000 Riyal I will not give it” – now Allah replaced the 200 Riyal 1000 TIMES and actually gave him 200,000 Riyal!

    “And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out, And will provide for him from where he does not expect”

    • Sana - Editor FFJ February 24, 2014 at 1:12 PM #

      Thank you very much for the update. I saw that too. Allahu Akbar. It is very rare to find such God-consciousness in these times.

  11. monadil February 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM #

    I heard this real story and the shepherd is sudanese and when I heard this I said (alhamdollla) there is more good people and I feel proud that Iam sudanese .and Ipray to alla to give him what he wants.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ February 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM #

      Aameen… Yeah he is from Sudan not Saudi 🙂 May Allah give us such Taqwa Aameen

    • Roseana April 3, 2014 at 3:59 AM #

      That dirhams vs. rylais kind of confusion was a nuisance in many of the EU countries, too, roughly about a decade ago, when sevaral European nations changed their national currency to Euros. It took a while before most people learned to think and buy in Euros, without thinking and converting everything in the old currency. Maybe it was not as bad as in Morocco, though, but I think we can relate to the confusion.Oh man, I’d love to do a photo and video shoot in Morocco some day…

  12. M. Waseem Khan February 22, 2014 at 11:07 PM #

    I am registered on FFJ with my Facebook id but I don’t find these posts over there. How do I share these posts on Facebook with my friends.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ February 23, 2014 at 9:13 AM #

      We are soon going to incorporate an FB share button. Thanks for the reminder

  13. M. Waseem Khan February 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM #

    I get to see FFJ posts on Facebook but it’s not these ones. What I need to do and how can I share these posts as the FB option on top of this page doesn’t help in sharing these posts.

  14. Abbas February 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM #

    Despite all the devils & their unlawful acts, the earth & the world is still surviving, i,e, only because of such noble souls who abide by GOD & his wishes

  15. Shakil February 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM #

    by today’s standards, this wudv never happened.

  16. Abdul Sayeed February 14, 2014 at 1:33 AM #

    Alhamdullillah this is the real imaan. Allah ho Akbar

  17. Rehan February 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM #

    Trust is trust taught the shepherd

  18. JAFFER QUADRI February 13, 2014 at 7:26 PM #

    Even a single person with so much of strong belief is present on the face of the earth Allah(swt) will never let us down. All praise to Allah. Let me also tell with pride this type of genuine faith can be seen only in Muslims. But the quantity is less. We hop and pray that every Muslim become God fearing. MAy Allah(swt) guide us to the right path. Aaameen!

    • ramya February 13, 2014 at 8:41 PM #

      most wonderful……most wonderful……

      • Sana - Editor FFJ February 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM #

        Truly Ramya. He is so poor yet so rich 🙂

    • Sana - Editor FFJ February 14, 2014 at 7:26 AM #

      Summa Aameen. God consciousness is one thing we need to develop.

  19. Hakeem February 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM #

    I have to learn a lot from shepherd. Masha Allah… May Allah(swt) bless him with Jannah.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ February 14, 2014 at 7:28 AM #

      Aameen. We all got to learn from the shepherd. Hats off to his Taqwa Masha Allah. He is poor yet soo rich.May Allah SWT instill Taqwa in us all Aameen

  20. Proud to be Sudanese February 13, 2014 at 4:47 PM #

    The shepherd is from Sudan…where the peple are known for their honesty and trustworthiness. Thats why they are enployed mostly as accountants in gilf countries.

  21. Sajida Naaz February 13, 2014 at 4:23 PM #

    MASHALLAH!!! May Allah(SWT) bless us the same fear and imaaan.

  22. um abdullah February 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM #

    Thank-you for a nice story. It’s comforting to know that there are still some people like that in the world. May Allah help us to be such good examples.
    P.S. the end isn’t reversed, but the phrase “Don’t you think He sees me” should be used instead of “Does He see me?”

    • Sana - Editor FFJ February 14, 2014 at 8:09 AM #

      Aameen. Yes Um Abdullah, The shepherd asks the question “Does He see me?” to the man in the vehicle. Thanks for the clarification:)

  23. Stephen February 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM #

    This applies to all religions & specifically, us human beings on this earth, who think that we are smart and no one is watching us We need to pause for a while and take a serious lesson from this Simple, God Fearing and Kind Hearted Human Being, who has already saved his treasure for the future, as every good deed you do, a golden coin goes in your account,but we focus on material things & luxurious life of this world. Almighty God, who watches from above, rewards us handsomely. God Bless This Human and Sara too for helping us rethink our ways & helping us take a U turn, as we think it is the end, but it was just a Bend & have time to change our lives.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ February 14, 2014 at 7:53 AM #

      Very Well said, Stephen. The main problem with us human beings is that we are not God-Conscious. We just say we believe, but in actual fact we don’t.

  24. Mohammed Najeeb ur Rahman February 13, 2014 at 2:11 PM #

    May ALLAH (SWT) grant all of us the Taqwa like our Shepherd brother. A’ameen

    • Sana - Editor FFJ February 14, 2014 at 8:02 AM #

      Summa Aameen… This brother reminded us and taught us about God-consciousness Alhamdulillah

  25. Latheefpp February 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM #

    In the last portion the words were shown as reversed. Man’s saying in the place of Shaikh’s and vice versa.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ February 14, 2014 at 8:03 AM #

      No Mr. Latheef I rechecked they are right 🙂 Is that because you can’t watch the video you had to read the transcript ?