I read a nice story in arabic. Here’s the translation:
Once upon a time, a boy named Layth visited his grandparents’ farm in the outskirts of the city to enjoy the last few days of his summer vacation.
He was given a gun to play with in the woods by the farm. He constantly practiced shooting at wood and trees but never really hit any targets.
After days of practicing, he became hopeless as he did not see improvement..
One day as he was going back to the house for dinner, he found his grandma’s favorite duck..
He never thought he would ever hit a target, and so, he tried to shoot the duck and ended up killing it (killing the duck, not the grandma 😛 lol)..
He was in shock! He became sad and confused, he had no idea what to do..
He quickly hid the duck between the bushes and rushed home to find that his sister Arwah had seen everything!
After dinner, the grandma said: “Come on Arwah, let’s clean up and wash the dishes”
Arwah replied: “Grandma, Layth told me he wants to help with the kitchen today!” And she whispered to Layth: “Remember the duck?!”
The next day, the grandfather asked the children if they wanted to go hunting. They all became very excited!
Grandma then said: “I’m really sorry but I need you Arwah to help me with some chores”
Arwah said: “That’s not a problem, Layth told me that he wants to help today” And she whispered to her brother: “Remember the duck?!”
And so, Arwah got to go and Layth stayed at home helping with the chores..
After a couple of days, Layth could not handle the situation any longer and did not want to be at his sister’s mercy…
She had him do all chores and work in the house and at school…
He finally got up and went to his grandmother and told her the truth.
He told her that he shot her favorite duck and that he hid it in the bushes…
His grandmother leaned down and hugged him then said: “Hunny, I know about the duck, I saw you from the window and saw what happened but because I love you, I forgave you!! And I have been wondering for how long you will be able to stand being a slave to your sister!!”
Moral of the story:
What have you done in your past that is keeping you a slave to Shaitan?
Always remember that Allah is watching you, aware of all your actions and doings…
For how long are you going to be a slave to shaitan and your desires?
Is it not time you turned back to Allah and realized that He subhanahu wa ta’ala loves you and loves what is best for you?
روى أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول
(يا بن آدم إنك ما دعوتني ورجوتني غفرت لك ما كان منك ولا أبالي يا بن آدم لو بلغت ذنوبك عنان السماء ثم استغفرتني غفرت لك يا بن آدم إنك لو أتيتني بقراب الارض خطايا ثم لقيتني لا تشرك بي شيئا لأتيتك بقرابها مغفرة)
رواه الترمذي وقال حديث صحيح
It was narrated the the Prophet peace be upon him said in a hadeeth Qudsi that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala said: “O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I have forgiven you for what you have done and I do not mind. O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you would seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, if you were to come to Me with sins that are close to filling the earth and then you would meet Me without ascribing any partners with Me, I would certainly bring to you forgiveness close to filling it”. (Tirmithi – hasan)
عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول الله سبحانه وتعالى
(أنا عند ظن عبدي وأنا معه حين يذكرني، فإن ذكرني في نفسه ذكرته في نفسي ،وإن ذكرني في ملأ ذكرته في ملأ خير منه وإن اقترب إلي شبرا تقربت إليه ذراعا وإن اقترب إلي ذراعا اقتربت إليه باعا وان أتاني يمشي أتيته هروله)
It was narrated from the Prophet peace be upon him in similar terms that Allah Almighty and Exalted said: “If My servant comes near Me one hand-span I come near him one cubit. If he comes near Me one cubit I come near him an arm’s length. If he comes to Me walking, I come to him running.” (Muslim)