Great Stories For You!
Telling the Truth
Telling the truth is a very good habit. If you always speak the
truth, you can save yourself from a lot of trouble! Here is a story
of a man who did a lot of bad things, but his promise to tell the
truth saved him.
Once a man came to the prophet Muhammad (S) and said, "Oh prophet
of Allah, I have many bad habits. Which one of them should I give
up first?" The prophet said, "Give up telling lies first
and always speak the truth." The man promised to do so and
At night the man was about to go out to steal. Before setting out,
he thought for a moment about the promise he made with the prophet.
"If tomorrow the prophet asks me where have I been, what shall
I say? Shall I say that I went out stealing? No, I cannot say that.
But nor can I lie. If I tell the truth, everyone will start hating
me and call me a thief. I would be punished for stealing."
So the man decided not to steal that night, and gave up this bad
Next day, he felt like drinking wine, when he was about to do so,
he said to himself, "What shall I say to the prophet if he
asks me what did I do during the day? I cannot tell a lie, and if
I speak the truth people will hate me, because a Muslim is not allowed
to drink wine." And so he gave up the idea of drinking wine.
In this way, whenever the man thought of doing something bad, he
remembered his promise to tell the truth at all times. One by one,
he gave up all his bad habits and became a good Muslim and a very
If you always speak the truth, you can be a good person, a good
Muslim whom Allah likes and favors. If Allah - our Creator - is
pleased with us, He will reward us with HEAVEN, which is a place
of happiness and joy.
MAKE A PROMISE: I SHALL ALWAYS SPEAK THE TRUTH.
Words and Actions Should Be the Same
There once was a boy who loved eating sweets. He always asked for
sweets from his father. His father was a poor man. He could not
always afford sweets for his son. But the little boy did not understand
this, and demanded sweets all the time.
The boy's father thought hard about how to stop the child asking
for so many sweets. There was a very holy man living nearby at that
time. The boy's father had an idea. He decided to take the boy to
the great man who might be able to persuade the child to stop asking
for sweets all the time.
The boy and his father went along to the great man. The father said
to him, "O great saint, could you ask my son to stop asking
for sweets which I cannot afford?" The great man was in difficulty,
because he liked sweets himself. How could he ask the boy to give
up asking for sweets? The holy man told the father to bring his
son back after one month.
During that month, the holy man gave up eating sweets, and when
the boy and his father returned after a month, the holy man said
to the boy "My dear child, will you stop asking for sweets
which your father cannot afford to give you?"
From then on, the boy stopped asking for sweets.
The boy's father asked the saint, "Why did you not ask my son
to give up asking for sweets when we came to you a month ago?"
The saint replied, "How could I ask a boy to give up sweets
when I loved sweets myself. In the last month I gave up eating sweets."
A person's example is much more powerful than just his words. When
we ask someone to do something, we must do it ourselves also. We
should not ask others to do what we do not do ourselves.
ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT YOUR ACTIONS AND YOUR WORDS ARE THE SAME.