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 The Gift - A Sufi story

from: Al Mureed Volume 2, Issue 2

Once a man went to a friend's house for a visit. He stayed for a few day's and they had a nice time together. When it was time for him to leave, his friend gave him a horse and told him to take it as a gift. The gentleman was overjoyed. He gratefully mounted the horse, waved good-by and rode away.

After about ten days, the man returned on the horse. He was warmly received again, and his friend said, "What happened?" He said, "I don't know. I tried to go to such and such town, but the horse wouldn't go. He just wanted to come back here." The host said, "That's all right. This horse was born and raised here. He is attached to this town, to this village, to my things, and with everything here. I can understand. But remember, I gave him to you. Now he's yours to take where you will." The man said, "I understand. I am grateful." So he stayed on there for one or two more days, learning more about the horse and how to handle him, and once again he mounted and went away.

"In the same way GOD gives people the gift of the mind, but they do not always know how to use it properly. So He also has another responsibility, and that is why GOD has to send people of His Knowledge, to give that education ".....


Ten days passed and he suddenly appeared at his friend's house one evening. He was once again warmly received and was fed and comforted. Then his friend asked, "What happened this time?"  The man said, "The same thing. I went to two different towns. I stayed a few day's in each, and all was well. I was very happy. I was on my way to a third town when the horse just turned around, retraced his steps, and would only stop when he got here. There was nothing I could do." Then the host
realised what was needed in the situation. He said, "Well, let us tell you how to deal with this horse." The man gratefully said, "All right." During the next month he was given all the preparation necessary to handle the horse. This time he left town, and was gone for good. He never came back.

As they had stood waving good-bye to their friend for the last time, the host's wife questioned her husband. She said, "What was our responsibility in this situation? I mean, you were exceedingly kind to your friend. You gave him a horse and he came back twice. Then for one month you had to give him education ." The host said, "You can give a gift, but somebody may not be able to use it. They may need education to make it a valuable and realistic gift. That education was also our responsibility." 

In the same way GOD gives people the gift of the mind, but they do not always know how to use it properly. So He also has another responsibility, and that is why GOD has to send people of His Knowledge ('Al Arifeen' -Gnostic or Knower of GOD) , to give that Divine education so that the mind may not bring you back to your own difficulty. 

A Sufi story from: Al Mureed Volume 2, Issue 2

 

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