Sunday, 19 September 2010
Jewellery on Loan
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Once, there was a great ‘alim from Banu Isra’il. He loved his wife very much. One day, she passed away. This person was so grieved by this that he locked his door and abstained from meeting with the people.
A woman heard about this so she went to him. She informed those who were guarding the entrance to his house that she wanted to ask him a question and that it could only be answered by him. Saying this, she sat down stubbornly by the door.
The ‘alim was informed of this and eventually permitted her to enter. She said, “I want to ask you a question about a serious matter. I have a neighbour from whom I borrowed some jewellery. I have been wearing it for quite some time now. But then my neighbour has asked for her jewellery back. The question I want to ask you is, do I have to return to her after all these years?”
The ‘alim replied, “Yes, you have to give it back to her.”
The woman replied, “That jewellery has been with me for a very long time. How can I just return it?”
The ‘alim replied, “In such a case, you should return it even more happily because it was out of her kindness that she allowed you to use it for such a long time.”
When he said this, the woman replied, “May the Lord have Mercy on you? Why, then, are you so sad? He had Loaned you something and when He Wished and He Took it back. because it Belongs to Him.” Upon hearing this, the ‘alim realised his error and repented from it.