Thursday, April 22, 2004


Several years ago an imaam moved to London. He often

took the bus from his home to the downtown area. Some

weeks after he arrived, he had occasion to ride the

same bus. When he sat down, he discovered that the

driver had accidentally given him twenty pence too

much change.

As he considered what to do, he thought to himself,

you better give the twenty pence back. It would be

wrong to keep it. Then he thought, oh forget it, it's

only twenty pence. Who would worry about this little


Anyway, the bus company already gets too much fare;

they will never miss it. Accept it as a gift from

Almighty Allah and keep quiet.

When his stop came, the Imaam paused momentarily at

the door, then he handed the twenty pence back to the

driver and said " Here, you gave me too much change."

The driver with a smile replied " Aren't you the new

Imaam in this area? I have been thinking lately about

going to worship at your mosque. I just wanted to see

what you would do if I gave you too much change."

When the Imaam stepped off the bus, his knees became

weak and soft. He had to grab the nearest light pole

and held for support, and looked up to the heavens and

cried "Oh Allah, I almost sold Islam for twenty pence!

Remember, we may never see the impact our actions have

on people. Sometimes we are the only knowledge of

Quran someone will read, or the only Islam a

non-Muslim will see. What we need to provide, Insha

Allah is an example for others to see. Be careful and

be honest everyday, because you never know who is

watching your actions and judging you.

Taken from 'The Muslim Woman vol. 4 Ed 1'

Thanks a lot to Dr. Wan Hazabbah for sending this wonderful story


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