Wednesday, March 3, 2010


This is a beautiful story… … …

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An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky

with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa would wakeup early and sit at

the kitchen table reading his Quran. His grandson wanted to be just like him

and tried to imitate him in every way he could. One day the grandson asked,

"Grandpa! I try to read the Quran just like you but I don't understand it,

and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good

does reading the Quran do?"

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Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and

replied, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket

of water." The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he

got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You'll have to

move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the

basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket

was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his


that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a

bucket instead. The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a

basket of water. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door

to watch the boy try again.

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At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his

grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would

leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket

into river and ran

hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was

again empty. Out of breath, he said, "See Grandpa, it's useless!"

"So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket."

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket

was different. It had beentransformed from a dirty old coal basket and was

now clean, inside and


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"Son, that's what happens when you read the Quran. You might not

understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed,

inside and out. That is the work of Allah in our lives."

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