Sunday, May 8, 2011

Oh Allah! I almost sold you for a quarter!

Several years ago, an Imam from out-of-state accepted a call to a
Mosque in  Houston, Texas   .
Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter in excess change.
As he considered what to do, he thought to himself,
'You'd better give the quarter back. It would be
wrong to keep it.' Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it,
it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it.
Accept it as a 'gift from ALLAH' and keep quiet.'
When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, 'Here, you gave me a quarter in excess change '
The driver, with a smile, replied, 'Aren't you the
new Imam in town?'
'Yes' he replied.
'Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you excess change.
I'll see you at the mosque.'
When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said,
'Oh ALLAH, I almost sold you for a quarter.'Our lives are the only Quran
some people will ever read. This is a real example of how much people watch us as Muslims, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard -- and remember -- You carry your IMAAN on your shoulders when you call yourself a

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

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