This is good, Allah Almighty knows best"

 

*The Story of an African King and His Friend *

 

A story is told about a King in Africa who had a close friend that he

grew up with. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that

ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) by remarking, "This is

good, Allah Almighty knows best" One day the King and his friend were

out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns

for the King. The friend had apparently done something wrong in

preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the

King fired it and his thumb was blown off.  Examining the situation the

friend remarked as usual, "This is good! Allah Almighty knows best." To

which the King replied, "No, this is NOT good!" and ordered his soldiers

to put his friend into jail.  About a year later, the King was hunting

in an area that he should have known to stay clear of. Cannibals

captured the King and took him to their village. They tied his hands,

stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake.  As they

came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the King was

missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone who was less

than whole. So after untying the King, they chased him out of the village.

 

When the King reached his Palace, he was reminded of the event that had

taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He

went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend.

 

"You were right" the King said, "it was good that my thumb was blown

off." And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened. "I

am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to

do this." "No," his friend replied, "this is good...Allah Almighty knows

best"  "What do you mean, 'this is good'! How could it be good that I

sent my friend to jail for a year?"

 

The King's friend replied: "Remember that the Almighty knows best and if

I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you on that hunting trip."

 

"He knows what is before them And what is behind them: And to Allah go

back All questions (for decision)" Qur'an:Surah Al Hajj 22:76

 

Do Not Judge Things or Events by its Immediate Outcome! Almighty, the

Most High, is the All-Knowledgeable, the All-Knower... He chooses to show

us things... but sometimes... we are not shown the wisdom behind

some things. When we are confronted by circumstances that are not very

pleasing.... we are quick to say: "This is not good..." but... is it

really? We might not know the purpose behind it. It might turn to be a

good thing.... thus.. .when we are faced with any situation... do not be

too quick to judge... always remember.... this life is a test... the

good and the bad.... and there is nothing that happens for no reason...

our brains are just not gifted enough to understand these reasons yet.

Sometimes ... things happen to us for a reason.



--
Junaid Tahir

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