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The Candle

One evening a man took a small candle from a box and began to climb a long winding stair- way. ‘Where are we going?’ asked the candle.

 

 

‘We're going up higher than a house to show the ships the way to the harbor.’ ‘But no ship in the harbor could ever see my light,’ the candle said. ‘It is so very small.’ ‘If your light is small,’ the man said ‘just keep on burning brightly and leave the rest to me.’
When they reached the top of the long stairs, they came to a large lamp. Then he took the little candle and lit the lamp. Soon the large polished mirrors behind the lamp sent beams of light out across the miles of sea from the lighthouse.
We are like the candle. Our job is to keep on shining. The success of our work is in Allah's hands. A tiny candle or match can start a forest fire. The little flame of your good example can actually change the lives of others without you knowing it. Be a light to them like the beacon light in the story which guided the ships to safe harbour.
The early Muslims were small in number but they achieved such success which far larger groups could not even aspire to. In the Battle of Badr, Muslims faced an army 300% bigger in number and equipped with superior weaponry, yet they inflicted a crushing defeat on the enemy.
‘...But those who were convinced that they must meet Allah, said: ‘How often, by Allah’s will, has a small force defeated a big one?...’ (Quran, 2:249)

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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