A Story With A Moral….. 1440 Minutes Each Day
There was once a man who was going to travel to a dangerous land. He went to the house of a man, well known for his honesty. He knocked the door and told him: “I’m giving you $1440 to keep with you as I am travelling to a dangerous place. When I get back, I only want $17 back.”
The honest man stood there perplexed but agreed. The next day, the traveller came back to the honest man’s house and asked him for $17. The honest man told him that he forgot and that he had spent it all. The traveller forgave him since he knew that this man was honest enough to give it back later.
The next day, the same man travelled to the same dangerous place and gave the same honest man $1440 to keep and at the end of the day from which he would take $17 back. The traveller returned from his travels and asked the honest man for his $17. The honest man replied that he was so engrossed in having a good time with his friends, he spent all the money again. Once again, the traveller forgave him, knowing he didn’t do it on purpose.
This same incident started to happen every day, whereby the honest man was given $1440 and was expected to return only $17 but failed to do so.
Later on, his child became sick and the doctor who was going to give the treatment told the honest man that if he wished for his child to be looked after, the fee was $1440. The honest man started to panic realising he couldn’t afford $1440. It then struck him that the traveller used to give him that same amount. He ran to the traveller’s house and asked him in a panic for $1440. The traveller told him that due to his feeble excuses, he had stopped going to his house as he had lost trust in his honesty.
Moral: The Irony is that this story has at least once been directly relevant to each and every single one of us. It is quite remarkable that Allah gives us 1440 minutes each day and only specifies 17 minutes of that back in prayer. But due to the ignorance of people and the whisperings of Shaytaan the accursed, we are blinded towards the minute scale of what we are giving back.
This story points out three things:
1) The importance of Salaah and how little we have to give back.
2) The mercy of Allah that He forgives us even after such blunders.
3) The fact that we only realise how important something is until it is gone.