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Friday, December 31, 2010

Lessons from the Life of an Ant

Prophet Sulayman once was sitting on the bank of a lake deeply engrossed in
the beauties of nature around and appreciating the various forms of Allah's
creation on earth.

Suddenly the Prophet's attention was drawn towards an ant creeping forward
with a grain of wheat in its mouth. As it reached near the water, a tortoise
came out, opened its mouth and the ant crept into it. The tortoise closing its
mouth disappeared under the water. After a while, the tortoise again sprung
out of the water and standing on the bank opened its mouth and the ant came
out. But this time it had no grain of wheat in its mouth. The Prophet became
anxious to know what had been happening under water. On inquiring, the ant
explained that at the bottom of the lake, there was a stone and underneath it
there was another ant who was blind. Allah had created it there and because
of blindness, it could not move out. I have been appointed by Allah to provide
its daily sustenance with the assistance of the tortoise. Hence I do perform
this duty everyday.

Prophet Sulayman in response to his special prayer to Allah was granted
kingdom and was given power over the forces of nature, over the Jinns and
devils and the birds and other living creatures. He was also endowed with
knowledge of their language hence his ability to speak to the ant.

Let us ponder over one thing. If a tiny creature like an ant living under a stone
at the bottom of a sea is not denied its sustenance, why should man - the
noblest of all creatures ever suspect loss of his sustenance from Almighty

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