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Thursday, May 30, 2002
Subject: A SIMPLE STORY
The sin which makes you sad and repentant is liked better by Allah than
the good deed which turns you vain and conceited.
- Imam 'Ali (as)
>A SIMPLE STORY
>A rat looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife
>opening a package. What food might it contain? He was aghast to
>discover that it was a rat-trap.
>Retreating to the farmyard the rat proclaimed the warning; "There is a
>rat trap in the house, a rat trap in the house!"
>The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Excuse
>me,Mr.Rat, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no
>consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
>The rat turned to the pig and told him, "There is a rat trap in the
>house, a rat trap in the house!"
>"I am so very sorry Mr. Rat," sympathized the pig, "but there is
>nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers."
>The rat turned to the cow. She said, "Like wow, Mr. Rat. A rat trap. I
>am in grave danger. Duh?" So the rat returned to the house, head down and
>dejected, to face the farmer's rat trap alone.
>That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound
>of a rat trap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was
>In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose
>tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer
>rushed her to the hospital. She returned home with a fever.Now everyone
>knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer
>took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.
>His wife's sickness continued so that friends and neighbors came to sit
>with her around the clock. To feed them the farmer butchered the pig.
>The farmer's wife did not get well. She died, and so many people came
>for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide meat for
>all of them to eat.
>So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think
>that it does not concern you, remember that when there is a rat-trap in the
>house, the whole farmyard is at risk.
>Remember: All for Peace - Peace for All
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