Awesome Inspirations of February based on Honesty
🖊Young Author – Daniya Ghazanfar
THE HOLY PROPHET (pbuh) AND THE SOUR GRAPES
One day a poor man brought a bunch of grapes to the holy prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as a gift.
The holy prophet (pbuh) ate one, two, three and then the whole bunch of grapes by himself.
He did not offer grapes to anyone present. The poor man who brought those grapes was very
pleased and left. One of the companions asked, “O prophet of Allah (pbuh)! How come
you ate all the grapes by yourself and did not offer to any one of us present?
The holy Prophet (pbuh) smiled and said, “I ate all the grapes by myself because the grapes
were sour. If I would have offered you, you might have made funny faces and that would have
hurt the feelings of that poor man. I thought to myself that it’s better that I eat all of them cheerfully
and please the poor man. I did not want to hurt the feelings of that poor man.”
Such were the manners of this most noble prophet of Allah.
The moral is that Prophet was honest without hesitation and told what he felt what was right.
🖊Young Author – Hadiya Ghazanfar
Once a man came to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and said, “O Messenger of Allah (SWT), I have many bad habits. Which one of them should I give up first?”
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Give up telling lies first and always speak the truth.” The man promised to do so and went home.
At night, the man was about to go out and steal. Before setting out, he thought for a moment about the promise he made to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
“If tomorrow Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) asks me where I have been, what shall I say? Shall I say that I went out stealing? No, I cannot say that. But nor can I lie. If I tell the truth, everyone will start hating me and call me a thief and I would be punished for stealing.”
So the man decided not to steal that night, and gave up this bad habit of stealing.
The next day, he felt like drinking alcohol; when he was about to do so, he said to himself, “What shall I say to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) if he asks me what I did during the day? I cannot tell a lie, and if I speak the truth people will hate me, because a Muslim is not allowed to drink alcohol.”
And so he gave up the idea of drinking alcohol.
In this way, whenever the man thought of doing something bad, he remembered his promise to tell the truth at all times. Step by step, he gave up all his bad habits and became a good Muslim and a very good person.
Telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is a way to become a better human being. It is not just taught in our religion, but across all religions. Striving to always tell the truth makes you an honest human being who stays away from wrongdoing for the sake of Allah.
🖊Young Author : Zainab Siddiqui
Long ago, Baghdad was a center of Islamic study – teachers would educate Muslims, and people would travel from all over the world to learn from these great people. Every parent had the desire to send their children there. One such child was Abdul Qadir Jailani. His mother made him some food for the journey and sewed some money into his coat so that no one would find it. Before he left, she told him that he must always tell the truth. As the young boy traveled, he was stopped by some bandits and they searched him. After they checked everything, one asked him, “Do you have any money?” The boy didn’t lie, so he said, “Yes.” The bandits took his belongings and searched him properly. Again, they found nothing and became angry. They asked him again if he had money with him, and he replied, “Yes”. The bandits thought they missed it and thoroughly checked him and his things once more. They, again, found nothing so they took him to their leader. After hearing the story, he asked the boy, “Do you have money?” The boy said, “Yes”. The leader said, “Where is it?” The boy showed it. The leader asked the boy, “Why didn’t you lie? You could have gotten away with it.” The boy replied, “My mother told me I should always tell the truth, so I didn’t lie.” The leader said, “Your mother told you to do something, and you did it. Allah commanded me to do so many things and I haven’t even completed one of his commands.” He changed his life from then on. Abdul Qadir Jalani was honest and sincere, despite that difficult situation.
🖊Young Author – Afaf Khurram
Honesty is a very good thing to practice and everyone should practice it. If you are Muslim or not, you should try to always tell the truth. Honesty is good because you don’t have to hide anything. If you lie you aren’t telling the truth and you must hold the burden of that. Allah says that it is haram to scam someone or do fraud to them. These are examples of lying because you lie to someone to do fraud to them and same with scamming people. Lying also gives you bad deeds and you don’t want to get bad deeds so you should always try to tell the truth. If you tell a lie to someone tell them the truth so that you don’t hurt them or make them believe in something false. If you lie to people it can make them mad and cause conflict as well as end friendships. You should always tell the truth because if you lie it will come back either in someone not being your friend anymore or also getting bad deeds. Those are both bad things and are a result of lying. You should think when you speak and think about what would be the outcome and effects if you lie.
🖊Young Author : Fareeha Zahid
The man who made a promise to tell the truth.
Once a man came to the prophet Muhammad (S) and said, “Oh prophet of Allah, I have many bad habits. Which one of them should I give up first?” The prophet said, “Give up telling lies first and always speak the truth.” The man promised to do so and went home.
At night the man was about to go out to steal. Before setting out, he thought for a moment about the promise he made with the prophet. “If tomorrow the prophet asks me where have I been, what shall I say? Shall I say that I went out stealing? No, I cannot say that. But nor can I lie. If I tell the truth, everyone will start hating me and call me a thief. I would be punished for stealing.”
So the man decided not to steal that night, and gave up this bad habit.
Next day, he felt like drinking wine, when he was about to do so, he said to himself, “What shall I say to the prophet if he asks me what did I do during the day? I cannot tell a lie, and if I speak the truth people will hate me, because a Muslim is not allowed to drink wine.” And so he gave up the idea of drinking wine.
In this way, whenever the man thought of doing something bad, he remembered his promise to tell the truth at all times. One by one, he gave up all his bad habits and became a good Muslim and a very good person.
🖊Young Author : Sameeha Zahid
Story on Honesty
Once there was a king. He was getting old, and he knew he had to choose a new king. Instead of making his children, friends,or other relatives king, he did something different.
He called all the children in the kingdom to his palace. He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next king or queen. I have decided to choose one of you.” All the kids were shocked! But the king continued, “I am going to give each of you a very special seed. You must plant it and water it every day. You will come back one year from today and show me your plants.”
The kids took their seeds and left. There was a boy named Ling. He also took the seed and left. He planted it and watered it every day. But it wouldn’t grow. 1 week passed by and nothing grew. Two months passed by, but again, nothing grew. Ling began to worry.
One year had passed and now all the children had to go to the palace. Ling’s plant still didn’t grow yet and he got nervous. But he still went to the palace.All the other kids had tall and beautiful plants while he didn’t. All the other kids started to make fun of him.
The King saw all the children’s plants. Then he called Ling. He said,”You are now the new king!” All the children asked why. The king replied, ” I gave you all boiled seeds that would not grow. When you found out this you exchanged your seeds. But this boy didn’t and he stayed honest. That is why he is king.”
The moral of the story is: Always be honest because Allah will reward you in this dunya and the hereafter.
🖊Young Author : Zara Qureshi
A Bag Full of Carrots
Being honest is not always easy, but the result for it is a great reward! Being honest is one of the most important characteristics of being a good muslim. Here’s a little story that demonstrates just that!
One day, there was a little girl who went to the corner store all by herself! Her mother was very ill and asked her to get her a few groceries and medicine from their local store. When the little girl returned home, her mother realized the cashier had forgotten to charge her daughter for the carrots, so the mother told the daughter to go back and pay for them. “ It’s okay, we are saving money!” the girl replied. The mother explained to her that honesty is very important, and Allah commands us in the Qur’an to speak the truth. Allah rewards those who speak the truth and punishes those who lie. The little girl instantly hurried ALL the way back to the store and paid for the carrots. The cashier was so pleased with her honesty that she gave her the bag full of carrots for free!
Allah (SWT) says in the quran:
فَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّنْ كَذَبَ عَلَى اللَّهِ وَكَذَّبَ بِالصِّدْقِ إِذْ جَاءَهُ أَلَيْسَ فِي جَهَنَّمَ مَثْوًى لِلْكَافِرِينَ. وَالَّذِي جَاءَ بِالصِّدْقِ وَصَدَّقَ بِهِ أُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ الْمُتَّقُونَ.
Who is then more unjust than he who utters a lie against Allah and (he who) gives the lie to the truth when it comes to him; is there not in hell an abode for the unbelievers? And he who brings the truth and (he who) accepts it as the truth… these are they that guard (against evil). (Surah Zumar 39: 32-33)
🖊Young Author : Momina Tariq
Bhola owns a donkey called Khandya. Bhola is a very tolerant and kind master. The donkey is lazy and is always finding ways to avoid work.
Once while returning with loads of salt on his back, Khandya falls in the river. He realizes that the fall has lessened the weights of the sacks as the salt has dissolved in the water.
The next few days Khandya purposely falls into the water every day. Bhola is unhappy at the way Khandya is behaving because he is losing money in the process. He decides to teach Khandya a lesson.
The next day instead of salt bags he loads Khandya with bags of cotton. Khandya is unaware of the change. As planned, he falls into the water and gets the bags wet. He is surprised to find the load unbearable. His otherwise kind master also starts beating him.
Khandya learns his lesson and starts behaving.
Moral: Work with honesty and sincerity because laziness will ruin you.
🖊Young Author : Ahmed ElNadeef
Long ago, there lived a woodcutter in a small village. He was sincere in his work and very honest. Every day, he set out into the nearby forest to cut trees. He brought the woods back into the village and sold them out to a merchant and earn his money. He earned just about enough to make a living, but he was satisfied with his simple living.
One day, while cutting a tree near a river, his ax slipped out of his hand and fell into the river. He didn’t know how to swim so he went back into the village. He tried explaining his problem to everyone but no one would listen. He became a very worried thinking how he will be able to earn his living now! Right when he was going to give up, a person came and went to help him. The woodcutter explained everything.
The man swam into the river and took out a silver ax and asked, “Is this your ax?” The Woodcutter looked at the ax and said “No”. So the person swam into the water again and showed a golden ax and asked, “Is this your ax?” The woodcutter looked at the ax and said “No”. The man said, “Take a look again, this is a very valuable golden ax, are you sure this is not yours?” The woodcutter said, “No, It’s not mine. I can’t cut the trees with a golden ax. It’s not useful for me”.
The man smiled and finally swam into the water again and took out his iron ax and asked, “Is this your ax?” To this, the woodcutter said, “Yes! This is mine! Thank you!” The man was very impressed with his honesty so he gave him his iron axe and also other two axes as a reward for his honesty.