Loaded for Action

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A little boy, whilst playing in a park, found a belt of bullets. He ran over to his father to show him what he had found. His father warned him that a single bullet is enough to kill a lion and that the bullets should be returned to where he had found them. As the boy ran along to place back the bullets, a small pup chased him. The little boy, in an effort to save himself, threw bullet after bullet at the pup, but to no effect. Eventually the owner came to the scene and with just one instruction, the pup stopped in its track.

Thereafter the boy innocently asked his father, “If one bullet can kill a lion, how come so many bullets could not stop a pup?” The father’s simple reply was, “My dear son! A bullet will only work if it is loaded in a gun.”

In the same way, a person may ask, “I have books and books loaded with incidents of how Allah Ta‘ala’s help came to the Muslims. How is it that I, as a Muslim do not enjoy the same help of Allah Ta‘ala?” The simple reply is that those Muslims were Muslims in the true sense of the word, loaded with good actions. This drew the help of Allah Ta‘ala. We too need to load our lives with good actions. Then insha-Allah, we too will enjoy the help of Allah Ta‘ala.

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