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Islam and Friends: Three Cows (Muslim Friends Stories)

Islam and Friends: Three CowsThere was a green and fresh pasture, in which three cows lived, a white cow, a black cow and a reddish-brown one. The cows were kind to each other. They were nice to each other. They used to graze in the meadow together. and they used to sleep near each other.

Till it happened one day, the reddish-brown colored lion of the forest happened to pass that way. The lion was unhappy. It was hungry, and was looking for a prey. On catching sight of the cows it became glad, but couldn't attack them, because they were together. So, the lion sat in a corner and waited till the cows would separate from each other.

The cows were together and wouldn't part away from each other, because they knew that if they were together, no predator could attack them.

The lion lay in ambush nearby for two or three days. But the cows continued to remain together, and wouldn't separate from each other. The lion became unhappy.

A plan occurred to it. It went towards the cows, greeted them and said: "How are you my friends? Are you fine? I have been remembering you for a long time, but because I am too busy, I can't come to you and ask about your health.

Today I said to myself: "Anyhow I should come and see you from near and visit you."

The reddish-brown cow said: "Sir, your coming has really pleased us and "brightened our pasture."

The lion said: "I have always remembered you, and have even ordered a better pasture made ready for you."

The reddish-brown cow said:

"Sir, you have really obliged us and we are very thankful to you."

Both the white and the black cows were troubled by what their friend, the reddish-brown cow said, and were grieved at its thoughtlessness. They feared lest it should be deceived.

They said to each other: "Which forest has not got a better pasture? - Why does the reddish-brown cow believe what the lion says? - Doesn't it know that lions seek other animals only to prey on them?

The reddish-brown cow became more and more a close friend of the lion each day. The black cow and the white cow advised it as much as they could, but with no avail.

One day the lion said to the reddish-brown cow: "You know that the color of our bodies is dark and that the color of the body of the white cow is light, and you also know that the light color is the opposite of the dark color. It would be very good if I eat the white cow, so that there will be no difference among us any longer and that we will be able to live together well."

The reddish-brown cow accepted the saying of the selfish lion and started talking to the black cow to keep it busy, so that the lion could eat the white cow with more ease. The white cow was left alone and was killed, while the black and the reddish-brown cows were busy with idle talks.

Two or three days passed since the lion had devoured the white cow. The lion, angry and uneasy, was lying in a corner, and the reddish-brown cow was moving around the lion and grazing. The lion called the reddish-brown cow. The cow answered: "Yes sir!"

Concept of Friendship in IslamThe lion said: "The color of my body and the color of your body are reddish-brown, and black does not go with our color. It will be very good if I eat the black cow, so that in this forest we all will be of the same color." The reddish-brown cow accepted and moved away from the black cow.

The lion attacked and devoured the black cow, too. And as for the reddish-brown cow, it was so filled with joy that it didn't know what to do. It roamed and grazed and said to itself: "It is only me who has the color of the lion..."

A few days passed since the black cow had been devoured by the lion. The lion roared and said. "O the reddish-brown cow! Where are you?"

The reddish-brown cow, shaking with fear, went forward and said: "Yes sir!"

The lion said: "Today it is your turn, get yourself ready, I am going to eat you."

The reddish-brown cow, with great fear and horror said: "Why sir, I am your friend. I did whatever you said. So why do you want to eat me?"

The lion roared and said: "Friend of a friendless"! How is it possible that a lion makes friendship with a cow?"

No matter how much the reddish-brown cow begged and entreated, the lion didn't accept its words.

The lion attacked the cow.

The cow said: "Mr. Lion, please allow me to cry out three times before you eat me."

The lion said: "Quickly, quickly!"

The reddish-brown cow cried out: "I was eaten the very day the white cow was eaten. I was eaten the very day the black cow was eaten. I was eaten the very day I made.... with you".

The lion devoured the reddish-brown cow very quickly. Then it said to itself: "I have finished my job in this forest. Now I had better go to other forests."

Muslim Friends Stories: Mayonnaise and the Coffee

Mayonnaise and the CoffeeWhen things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar...and the coffee...

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things, your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else the small stuff.

Muslim Friends Stories"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend." Please share this with someone you care about.

Muslim Friends Story: Dying for a Friend

Muslim Friends StoryThis is a story of two great friends who lived long ago in Syracuse, by name Phintias and Damon. They loved each other very much.

In those olden days, Syracuse was ruled by a cruel king called Dionysius. No one in the kingdom dared to utter a word against this King, for if they did, they were mercilessly put to death.

One day Phintias was sentenced to death as he had been heard speaking against the king, but he managed to obtain permission to go to a neighbouring city to pay the last visit to his family provided that Damon, his bosom friend would remain in his custody. Damon gladly agreed and remained in prison while Phintias set off to his family.

Finally, when the day of execution arrived, the amphitheatre was full of people. But Phintias had not returned from the city. Damon calmly mounted the gallows, extremely happy to offer his life for the sake of his friend. There were tears in the eyes of the people for they were touched to see the love of this great friend.

Just when the executioner lifted his arm, there was a great roar from the crowd; "It's Phintias! He's come at last!" Phintias panted and pushed his way through the crowd. "Thank God I am not too late", he said. But Damon would not agree to come down from the gallows. Each friend insisted on dying for his companion. Everyone was greatly moved and so was the king Dionysius. The people started to request for a pardon. Dionysius gladly granted Phintias pardon and set him free. This is what true friendship is.

Concept of Friendship in Islam: Three Muslim Friends Story

Three Muslim Friends StoryWaqidi - who was one the greatest scholars during the time of Abbasid Caliph Mamun Rashid - narrates the following incident:

I had two friends, one of who was a Hashemite. Our friendship was so sincere, that we were in fact one soul in three bodies!

Once during Eid Festival season, I had no money. My wife said to me, "You and I can tolerate these hardships. However, I am very much grieved because our children see other children wearing new dresses and adorning themselves for Eid Festival, whereas their own clothes are old and torn. See if you can get some money so that I can make new clothes for them."

I could not think of any solution to the problem, so I wrote a letter to my Hashemite friend and requested him to assist me.

My Hashemite friend sent me a sealed bag and informed me that it contained 1000 dirhams. I had not yet opened the sealed bag when someone who was sent by my other friend came. He informed me about my friend's financial difficulties and sough help from me. I gave him the same sealed bag to take it to my other friend. I then went to the mosque with a heavy heart. As I felt ashamed to face my wife, I spent the night there. When I went home in the morning, to my surprise, she received me with a cheerful face and was pleased at my having done good to my friend and having considered his needs before considering my own.

In the meant time, my Hashemite friend arrived at my house and asked me curiously, "Tell me the truth. What have you done with the bag of money which I had sent to you yesterday?"

I told him the whole incident. After hearing me out, he bowed his head down for a moment and then said, "Yesterday when you sent me a message and asked for help, I had no money except this sealed bag. I sent it to you and wrote a letter to our other friend seeking his help. He sent me my own sealed bag and I could not understand the matter till you just explained it to me."

Waqidi says, "The three of us divided the money amongst ourselves and one hundred dirhams out of it was given to my wife. When Abbasid Caliph Mamun Rashid heard about this strange incident he sent me and enquired about the matter. I related the entire incident to him. Abbasid Caliph Mamun Rashid then ordered that 2000 dinars should be given to each one of us and 1000 dinars to my wife as a gift."

F - Few, R - Relations, I - In, E - Earth, N - Never, D - Die

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