What do our leaders think of what this sheikh has done? – ARABIC TIME





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IN popular stories about societies, there are many lessons that can form a plan of action for people, leaders and countries.

One of these stories concerns a religious scholar (sheikh) who was walking in the fields accompanied by one of his students.

The young student saw an old shoe and guessed that it belonged to a poor man working in the nearby field. Because the sun was about to set, he thought the man would soon come to wear the shoes.

The student suggested to the sheikh: “What do you think, O sheikh, if we prank this worker by hiding his shoes, then when he comes to wear them, he cannot find them and we will see how he behaves. ?

The venerable sheikh replied: “You must not be amused by the sorrow of others, but you, my son, you are rich, you can make yourself and this poor man happy if you put money in his shoes and hide to see how it affects him!

The student liked the suggestion, so he put coins in both shoes, then he and his sheikh hid behind the bushes, waiting to see the reaction of the poor workman.

A few minutes later, a man came in shabby clothes as he had finished his work on the farm. As he was about to wear his worn-out shoes, he was surprised to find money inside the shoes.

He inspected the money and looked again in disbelief to make sure he wasn’t dreaming, then he looked around in all directions and found no one!

So he put the money in his pocket and fell on his knees, looking up at the sky, crying.

He said in a loud voice, calling on his Lord: “I thank you, O Lord, who knew that my wife is sick, and that my children are hungry and find no bread; You saved me and my children from perdition.

The student was very moved, and then the sheikh said, “Aren’t you happier now than if you carried out your first suggestion and hid the shoes?”

The student replied, “I learned a lesson that I will never forget. Now I understand the meaning of words that I have never understood in my life: you will be happier when you give than when you receive.

The Sheikh said, “You know, my son, there are many ways to give. Forgiveness when able to give, pleading for your brother in his absence is giving, making excuses for others and rejecting someone’s bad thought are considered giving, all humanitarian community work for the love of Allah is a gift and loyalty to the motherland and defending it in adversity are forms of gift.

I want this sheikh to be a leader who feels the pain of his people, especially in some parts of the Arab world; where some of their pains are audible, while others suffer in silence. Anyone can help them, just ease their suffering by putting money in their worn-out shoes. It’s not difficult.

It is a question of moving hoarded money, the purchase value of which decreases over the days; while moving it and completing the cycle could revive the economy, alleviate people’s suffering and secure job opportunities.

It is common knowledge that money is like blood in the arteries. If it gets clogged, it leads to a blood clot and organ damage. If it sinks, it becomes a source of prosperity for people and societies.

Moreover, Islam urges us not to hoard wealth, so that it does not turn into a curse for the hoarders.

Allah Almighty says: “…And those who hoard gold or silver and do not spend it in the way of Allah, announce to them a painful punishment. The day when it will be heated in the fire of Hell and will be burned by it will be their foreheads, their sides and their backs. It’s what you hoarded for yourselves, so taste what you used to hoard.

Therefore, money spent on projects, development, alleviating the sufferings of people and removing the sufferings of the needy, improves social tranquility and stability.

We have seen what greed does to people in societies and how states collapse when they stop spending on sustainable development.

Likewise, the uprising that took place in history when the influentials, decision makers and elites monopolized everything for themselves and deprived their people led to the collapse of the Abbasid state due to the greed of the people, which made the state easy prey for the Tatars. armies.

It teaches us many lessons, the most important of which concerns the wife of French King Louis XVI, whose brash statement fueled the French Revolution in the 18th century when she denounced the protests for lack of bread saying, “What they eat cookies.

This condemnation prompted the French to revolt against the sovereign, which led to the execution of the queen and her husband.