“Oh Provider of Succor to the Seekers of Succor, Do Succor Me”

Once upon a time, there was a merchant who was rushing to the market to buy whatever he could, so that he could trade with it. He had been waiting a long time to gather these 400 dinars, which was all the money he owned. It was a cold, cloudy day that foreshadowed rain. The merchant went through the market several times, but could not find what he was looking for. The money he had was not much, and he wanted to buy many things. Finally he found a group of jay birds for sale. The jay is a bird the size of a pigeon. It is brown with a black tail and striped wings. It repeats words and can talk even more than a parrot. The merchant took his birds and returned home. He had barely reached the house when a cold wind began to blow and strong rain began to pour. All the...

One Dirham Stops a Fight

There was once a good man, who just sold the clothes he had woven. He went to buy flour so he and his wife would have something to eat that night. On his way, he heard an argument and saw two men fighting. They were about to start punching each other. When he asked them the reason they were fighting, they said it was for one dirham, a type of currency used at that time. The good man gave them the only dirham he had, wanting to do well and avoid a fight. When the good man returned home to his wife, he told her what happened. She did not feel sorry for herself, nor did she blame him for what he did; rather, she was kindhearted like her husband. She gathered some of the things they had in the house and gave them to him, so that he could sell them at the marketplace....

One Bite for Another

Once upon a time, there was a woman who had an only son, named Ahmad, who traveled, looking for work. Naturally, he was gone for long periods of time. His mother patiently waited for him for many years. She would gaze out the window, looking at the road in front of her house, hoping to see her son coming home. At night, she made du^a’ to Allah, that she be reunited with her son. One day, when Ahmad’s mother was about to eat her meal, a poor, hungry person came to her, asking her for food. She gave him what she had, and she remained hungry, but patient, for the rest of that day. A few days had passed, and Ahmad returned. On his travels, he had faced many difficulties. Some bandits had tried to harm him, but he had been able to escape them. He had also come close...

The Consequence of Betrayal

Evening had come, and all the shops had closed. One a lone merchant remained. He had sold all his goods, but since he was a stranger, to the town, he did not know where to go. He was afraid someone along his path would rob or hurt him. Then he saw a man standing by a house, and asked him if he could spend the night. The man allowed him. The owner of the house, and his son, who was a young man, offered the merchant food. They sat, chatting and eating. When the owner of the house found out that the merchant had a lot of money with him, he decided to kill him for it. He thought about how he could do that, and then waited until it was time to sleep. The owner’s son had his own room with a mattress, so the father prepared another mattress next to his son’s for the...

The Merchant, the Snake, and the Weasel

A caravan of merchants were heading out towards al-Basra, in southern Iraq. During their travels, they passed a wooded area that had many rivers and swamps. The weather was very hot at the time, so they decided to rest for a bit in the shade. One of the merchants headed towards a group of sticks that formed a small teepee. He went into the teepee to escape the sun. There was a nice, cool breeze inside, and the merchant got sleepy and took a nap. The other merchants did not notice their missing friend, and so they left him and continued on their way. A few hours later, the merchant woke up. He thought that his caravan was still resting in the area. When he tried to leave the teepee, he found himself face to face with a huge snake that had placed itself right at...

The Escape of the Nursing Baby

Once upon a time, in Azerbaijan, near Iran, there was a fast flowing river. Many rocks were at the bottom of the river and some could be seen through the water. There was a small bridge over the river that people used to cross to the other side. One day, a woman, carrying a baby in her arms, walked across the bridge. But a cat came from the opposite side and forced her to the edge. The baby fell from her hands, into the river. The woman started yelling and screaming. There was a low tide that day, so the baby did not drown immediately. Instead, he floated on the surface of the water between the two rocks. The spot where the baby landed had a lot of eagles. The eagles were constantly circling the air above the river because their nests were in the mountains...

The Lady Bug

The creatures of Allah are so numerous. The wisdom behind the creation of some things is known to us, while the wisdom behind the creation of others is kept hidden from us. Our story today points to the perfection of Allah’s Power. It fortifies our belief that Allah created everything for a reason. He has all the encompassing Knowledge and perfect Wisdom, and He has Power over everything. Once, a rich man was walking down a pathway, when he noticed a red beetle. He wanted to know the wisdom behind this red beetle. He said, “Subhan Allah. Allah is clear of all imperfection. This insect is very small and very awful, with an awful smell. I wonder how one can benefit from it.” After a period of time, Allah inflicted this man with a skin disease that stayed with him...