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The Teacup

A couple spotted an exceptional teacup they asked to examine. As the owner handed it to them, the teacup spoke: ‘I have not always been a teacup. There was a time when I was a lump of clay. My master pounded and patted me. I cried out, ‘Don’t do that!’ But he said, ‘Not yet.’



Then I was placed on a potter’s wheel and I was spinning round.’ I screamed. But my master said, ‘Not yet.’ ‘He poked and reshaped me. Then he put me in a hot oven!’ He said ‘Not yet.’ ‘When I thought I wouldn’t be able to bear it he placed me on a shelf, and I began to cool. But after I had cooled he painted me. The fumes were horrible!’ Again he said, ‘Not yet.’ ‘Then he put me in another oven twice as hot! I was convinced I would not survive.
Then the door opened, and he took me out and placed me on the shelf, where I cooled. An hour later my master held up a mirror and said, ‘Look at yourself.’ I did, and I couldn’t believe what I saw for I had never before seen anything so beautiful. He said: ‘I know it hurt to be pounded but had I left you alone, you’d have dried up. I know it made you dizzy to be spun, but had I stopped you would have crumbled. I know you found the oven hot, but had I not put you in you would have cracked. I know how disagreeable were the fumes, but without paint you wouldn’t have color. And I know the conditions in the second oven were worse, but without it you would have been frail and not survived long. Now you are a finished product.’
Allah knows exactly why He puts us through different tests in life. If we bear them patiently, we will become better people.

Hadeeth Newsflash

Reported by Abu Hurairah (RA): The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Allah, the Exalted, says: `I will contend on the Day of Resurrection against three (types of) people: One who makes a covenant in My Name and then breaks it; one who sells a free man as a slave and devours his price; and one who hires a workman and having taken full work from him, does not pay him his wages.''' [Al-Bukhari]

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