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Wheat and Barley

There once lived a pious man who was enslaved to a wicked master. The righteous slave wanted to teach his master a lesson that he would never forget: a lesson that would make him change his ways. The master told him one day to plant some wheat.

 

The slave took this opportunity to teach his master a lesson. He went and collected some barley seeds and planted them. As the season drew nearer for harvesting, the master was enraged to find that after all this hard work and all this time his slave had planted the wrong seeds.
In his rage and anger, he scolded the slave saying, ‘Why did you do this?’ The righteous slave said, ‘I hoped that the barley would come out as wheat.’ The master shouted, ‘How can you plant barley and expect wheat to grow.’
The slave said quietly, ‘How can you disobey Allah and expect His Mercy? How can you openly challenge His laws and hope for Paradise?’ The master was stunned and became silent. He understood what the slave was trying to tell him and said, ‘You have taught me something today that I have never realized before. You are free for the sake of Allah.’
While we hope in Allah’s Mercy and Forgiveness, let us do those things which will please Him so that we can reap the best benefits when our eyes close, leaving this world behind forever, sinking into our dark graves underground, alone.

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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