Some times in the course of life, we find it difficult to choose way when its truthfulness and honesty on one hand and success or immediate reward on other hand. The way of false hood always seems a short cut to success. Most of us get deceived by the glare of falsehood and somehow forget the path of truthfulness and honesty. Being a muslim, islam guides you to follow the straight path of honesty. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was the the most honest and truthful Have you ever come across such a situation? Or felt it difficult to choose between truthfulness and honesty, and the short cut? Following story will make it pretty clear to you, that truthfulness and honesty do pay reward.
Once there was an emperor, during last days of his life he decided to choose his successor. Instead of choosing his children’s or his assistants he decided to choose someone else. One day he summoned young people in the kingdom. He told them that now it is time for him to leave his position and to choose the next emperor. He informed them that I want to choose next emperor amongst you.
All the people were shocked. Emperor said that today I am going to give you a seed. A very special and important seed. I want from you to plant the seed water it and come back to me after one year and inform me that what you have grown from that small seed. I will judge you on the basis of that plant. Then I will choose next emperor on the basis of that plant.
A boy named ling was also there amongst the youngsters. Like everyone else he also received a seed from the emperor. He went back to his home and told his mother the whole story. His mother helped him to plant the seed. He planted the seed and watered it carefully. Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After some weeks ling heard from his fellows that their seed and plants are beginning to grow.
Ling noticed his seed but there was no improvement in the seed. In fact after five weeks there was still no improvement in the growth of seed. He heard his fellows that seed is now become a big plant but ling felt himself failed. Six months passed by but still nothing in ling’s pot. He was afraid that he had killed his seed.
Everyone else had tall plants and trees, but ling had nothing. Ling told nothing to his fellows, however. He was just waiting for his seedto grow.
A year finally passed by and all the youths of the kingdom showed their plants to the emperor for examination. Ling told his mother that he is not going to show his empty pot to the emperor. His mother insisted him to go there. Ling felt sick but he was sure that his mother is saying true. He went there and was shocked to see the varieties of plants.They were beautiful-in all sizes and shapes. Everyone laughed at ling’s empty pot. Some showed their sympathies and said “hey nice try”
When the emperor reached there, he inspected the room and met the young people. Ling just tried to hide his self. Emperor said. “My, what great trees, flowers and plants you have grown”.Today, I will choose next emperor amongst you. All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with his empty pot. He asked his assistants to bring him to the front. Ling was afraid. He thought that may be emperor will order to kill me.
When Ling went to the front, the Emperor asked from him his name.He said “My name is Ling,” he responded. All the people were laughing and making fun of him. The emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, “He is your new emperor! His name is Ling!” Ling was amazed. Ling couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor? The emperor said that one year ago I summoned you all and gave you a seed. I had ordered you to plant the seed and water it carefully. On the basis of this I will choose new emperor. But you all cheated me except ling. Because one year ago I gave you the boiled seed. You all went to your homes planted the seed but when you noticed that seed is not growing you replaced the seed with new seed except ling. Today you all brought here flowering plants and trees except ling. At the end you all cheated except ling. Ling was the only one with the honesty and courage to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!”
The Prophet(s.a.w) said,
“Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. And a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to Al-Fajur (i.e. wickedness, evil-doing), and Al-Fajur (wickedness) leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies till he is written before Allah, a liar.” [Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 8:116]
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