IS YOUR LORD MERCIFUL OR HARSH?

*This story took place a few centuries ago in a small city where a pious man named Dawud At-Tai used to live.

 

A woman lost her husband who was the only breadwinner for the family. She had young children and no savings. She was overwhelmed by the situation but had no one to turn to. She needed to feed her children and the only money she had on her was 3 dirhams.

 

She went to the market and bought some wool for 3 dirhams. She made a few things from that wool and sold them in the market for 5 dirhams. This became her income. She would buy necessities for 2 dirhams and buy more wool for 3 dirhams to continue her small business.

 

One day she came back from the market, put the wool down and started preparing food for children. A bird came, grabbed the wool and flew out. The woman was devastated. She went to Sheikh Dawud At-Tai and narrated the whole story to him. She then asked him, ‘is our Lord merciful or harsh?’

 

Before he could answer, there was a knock on the door. He went to answer the door and found a group of men he had never met before. They told him that they were travelers who had met with an accident. They went on to share their story…

 

They were in a boat when the boat started leaking. No matter what they did, they couldn’t keep the water out of the boat and it started sinking. They made a pledge to Allah SWT that if he saves them they will each donate a 1000 dirhams. Suddenly a bird appeared and dropped some wool in their boat. They stuffed the leaking hole with it and were able to make it to the nearest port, which was this city. They asked for the most pious person in the city and were guided to Dawud At-Tai. They handed him 10,000 dirhams and asked him to donate these on their behalf.

 

Sheikh returned to the woman, gave her 10,000 dirhams and asked her…

“is your Lord merciful or harsh?”

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