Every now and then I have this sudden urge to read a children’s book, kind of nostalgic, right? I remember back in the days they all used to start with ….once upon a time or long ago in a faraway land there lived a king who had a very wise advisor , at some point in the story we all realize that the advisor is the main protagonist. Anyhow, today I will share with you guys a story with the same kind of theme but I hope that it leaves us with a deeper meaning rather than squeezing blood from a turnip. So here it goes…..

Long ago there lived a king in some anonymous land. His advisor was a very knowledgeable man. Now this advisor had a peculiar habit of saying كله خير {everything’s for good} after every incident. On a certain occasion it happened that the king lost his thump. It was already unpleasant for him, as the matter was discussed with his advisor to which he replied “everything’s for good”. This sentence enraged the king and he immediately ordered the guards to throw the advisor in the dungeon. After that the king set out for a walk. During his course he was ambushed by nearby villagers and taken as a captive. But that is not the end of the story, reaching the village he comprehended that these townspeople are about to offer him as a sacrifice gift for their gods. But when they saw he’s missing a thump they released him saying that they cannot perform their ritual with an incomplete sacrifice. Upon his return to the palace he instantly liberated his advisor and narrated the whole story. He inquired his advisor that he losing the thump turned out beneficial for him but what about the advisor, what good did he get for being imprisoned? To this the advisor replied that had I not be imprisoned by you then I would have accompanied you to the woods and most probably would have been sacrificed instead of you.

For some reason we are all playing the king’s role in our story. We spontaneously expect the worst from every situation that doesn’t go our way. Most of the times we are unable to see the wisdom behind it as we are our vision gets vague due to our agitation and animosity.

Bad things happen, right?  Right. And there’s nothing we can do about it, right? Wrong!! All that happens to a believer is good or it has more good in it than bad. How come I know about it? That’s because the prophet (saw) said: Wondrous is the affair of the believer for there is good for him in every matter and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, he thanks Allah and there is good for him. If he is harmed, he shows patience and there is good for him.”

Source: Sahih Muslim 2999

the question is are we one of those believers?

Deco Ryuu


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