Saturday, 20 February 2010

The Road To Paradise

Bismillah walHamdulillah...
A little yet meaningful story from Aysha....Jazakillah...

Every Friday afternoon, after the Juma prayers,
the Imam and his eleven year old son would go out into their town
and hand out "PATH TO PARADISE" and other Islamic literature.

This particular and fortunate Friday afternoon, as the time came
for the Imam and his son to go to the streets with their booklets,
it was very cold outside, as well as pouring rain.

The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said,
'OK, dad, I'm ready!'His dad asked, 'Ready for what' 'Dad,
it's time we go out and distribute these Islamic books.'
Dad responds, 'Son, it's very cold outside and
it's pouring rain.'

The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, 'But Dad,
aren't people still going to hell, even though it's raining?'

Dad answers, 'Son, I am not going out in this weather.' Despondently,
the boy asks, 'Dad, can I go Please' His father hesitated for a moment
then said, 'Son, you can go. Here are the booklets. Be careful son.'
'Thanks, Dad!'

And with that, he was off and out into the rain. This eleven year old boy
walked the streets of the town going door to door and handing everybody
he met in the street a pamphlet or a booklet.

After two hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone-chilled wet
and down to his VERY LAST BOOKLET.

He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a booklet to,
but the streets were totally deserted. Then he turned toward
the first home he saw and started up the Side walk to the front door
and rang the door bell. He rang the bell, but nobody answered..

Finally, he turned to leave, but something stopped him. Again,
he turned to the door and rang the bell and knocked loudly on the door
with his fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch!

He rang again and this time the door slowly opened.

Standing in the doorway was a very sad-looking elderly lady.
She softly asked, 'What can I do for you, son?' With radiant eyes
and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy said, 'Ma'am,
I'm sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you
that ALLAH REALLY LOVES AND CARES FOR YOU and I came to give you
my very last booklet

which will tell you all about God, the real purpose of creation,
and how to achieve His pleasure.' With that, he handed her
his last booklet and turned to leave. She called to him as he
departed. 'Thank you, son! And God Bless You!'

Next week on Friday afternoon after Juma prayers, the Imam was giving
some lectures. As he concludes the lectures, he asked, '
Does anybody have questions or want to say anything?' Slowly,
in the back row among the ladies, an elderly lady's voice was heard
over the speaker.

'No one in this gathering knows me. I've never been here before.
You see, before last Friday I was not a Muslim, and thought
I could be. My husband died few years ago, leaving me totally alone
in this world.. Last Friday, being a particularly cold and rainy day,
I was contemplating suicide as I had no hope left.

So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic of my home..
I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof then stood
on the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck.
Standing on that chair, so lonely and broken- hearted.
I was about to leap off, when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell
downstairs startled me.

I thought, I'll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away.

I waited and waited, but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louder and
more insistent, and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly....

I thought to myself again, 'Who on earth could this be?

Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me.' I loosened the rope
from my neck and started for the front door, all the while the bell
rang louder and louder.

When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes,
for there on my front porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy
I had ever seen in my life. His SMILE, oh, I could never describe
it to you! The words that came from his mouth caused my heart that
had long been dead TO LEAP TO LIFE as he exclaimed with a
cherub-like voice, 'Ma'am, I just came to tell you that:


Then he gave me this booklet, Path To Paradise that I now hold in my hand.

As the little angel disappeared back out into the cold and rain,
I closed my door and read slowly every word of this book.

Then I went up to my attic to get my rope and chair.

You see? I am now a Happy Vicegerent of the One True God.
Since the address of your congregation was stamped on the back of
this booklet, I have come here to personally say THANK YOU to God's
little angel who came just in the nick of time and by so doing,
spared my soul from an eternity in hell.'

The shouts of TAKBIR.. ALLAH AKBAR.. rented the air.

Imam-Dad descended from the pulpit to the front row where
the little angel was seated....

He took his son in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably.

Probably no jama'at has had a more glorious moment, and
probably this universe has never seen a father that was more filled
with love and honor for his son...

This very one...Blessed are your eyes for reading this message.

Remember, God's message CAN make the difference in the life
of someone close to you.

Q 5:3: This day I've perfected your religion for you, and completed
my favor on you, and chose Islam for you as religion.

Please keep pray for all the needful and painful people in
this planet and look after each other.

1 comment:

  1. i have seen people suffering and they nearly wanted to end up their lives......but Allah helps us, Muslims with the beauty of Islam that teaches us how grateful we should be and regard the difficulties as rahmah from HIM. Praying for them to be Muslim too...