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Posted: November 22, 2008 in Islam

An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern
Kentucky with his young grandson.

Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading
his Quraan.

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 Qur’an 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 Qur’an do?” The 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   grandfather that it was
impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket

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.

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 breathe, 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 been transformed from a dirty old coal
basket and was now clean, inside and out.

“Son, that’s what happens when you read the Qur’an. 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.”

  1. asad123 says:

    This is a beautiful reminder. Thank you.

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