A Story With A Moral: Conscience
There was a man who thought that if he stole a little wheat from different farms, the other farmers would not notice it while he would have big pile of wheat for himself.
One night he went to the farms and asked his daughter to stand guard while he went for stealing. As he was stealing from the first farm, his daughter shouted: “dad! Someone is watching you.”
He came running out, but saw no one was there. He then went the second farm to steal some more wheat.
Again, the daughter called, “Dad! Someone is watching you.”
He came out running but again he saw no one there. Then he went to the third farm. For the third time, his daughter cried, “Dad! Someone is watching you.”
As before, he came running back but saw no one again. This time he got angry. “Why do you keep shouting that someone is watching me, when there is no one here?”
His daughter replied, “Dad, there is someone who is always watching you from above and that is Allah.”
Moral: Allah is often another name for one’s conscience. It is one’s only guardian in moments of moral crisis. It is the inner voice, which guides us in the right direction. To the corrupt and the dishonest, a sleepy conscience is a source of great happiness and comfort. People who betray others actually betray their conscience first. When a person betrays his conscience, his conscience may be silent but it is never secure.