The Story of People with Long Spoons- A Motivational Story about Having Good Manners


As Salamu 'alaykum and Peace to all,

That day i was in town. Boy, was the town packed! The traffic was 'patience-testing'. I took one hour for a journey that should only take 10 minutes. I was really tested that day. Not only that, the usual rude drivers overtook each other and cut queues also got on my nerves. So, i decided to listen to some soothing numbers from the car cd. Not that it helped much, but, thats the best that i could do at that moment.

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Being in a such traffic havoc, my mind started to wander(As always...:)))) Why cant people learn to work together? If these queue-jumpers would only stay in-line, then , the traffic woud not be so backlogged as such. Granted, there will still be traffic. But at the very least, the queue would still move no matter how slow. Can you imagine the feelings of the drivers at the back of the lane, after spending the minute by minute crawling, only to see that some rude drivers just took the emergency lane and cut in front of them?

We should learn to help one another. We should use our disadvantages and change them into something that is better and good for us. Let me tell you a story which i personally modified...

A little boy was having a conversation with his grandpa one day and said, "Grandpa, I would like to know why some people goes to heaven and some people dont"

The grandpa amused with the question, try to think of the simplest way to answer his grandson's question.

So, he said, " Imagine that both heaven and hell has its own door. Now let us open the doors and see what is inside.."

"When we open the door of hell, we see in the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and can make anyone's mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly.

They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths."

"Now, my grandson, let us open the door to heaven..."

The grandpa says " It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which makes everyone's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking."

The little boy said, "I don't understand."

"It is simple" said the wise grandpa.

"It requires just one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other. Help one another. Be considerate to others. Those are the people you see in the heaven. While the greedy, inconsiderate and rude ones think only of themselves. So, they go to hell."

"So, my dear grandson, that is why some people goes to heaven and some goes to hell"

There you go. Manners and character are both so critical in our lives as Muslims.

Hadith - Bukhari's Book of Manners # 290, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and Ahmad
... Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet of Allah (saaws) said, "And what is most likely to send people to Paradise? Being conscious of Allah and good manners."

People have different character and they behave differently

Allah Almighty says, "Indeed you are truly vast in character," (68:4)

Our Prophet Muhammad SAW, however, was the kindest and gentlest person you can ever imagine. The words rude and inconsiderate had never existed in his vocabulary. Even if someone did him wrong, he has never shown his disguise thru words or action.

Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Muslim, and Tirmidhi
... 'Abd Allah ibn 'Amr said, "The Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, was never obscene or coarse. Rather, he used to tell us that the best among us were those with the best manners."

Nice,right? It is all about attitude. So, the next time you want to be selfish, greedy and rude, think of the people who sits around the large round table with long-handled spoons!

Sis Zabrina
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Anonymous said…
What a wonderful story, dear sister! Thanks so much for sharing!
Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

You are most welcome! Wa Eyyakum.I am so glad you liked the story. Do come back to my blog and please feel free to share this story with others. Salaam

Sis Zabrina
~me~ said…
Dear sis,
beautiful story! just wanted to alert you on a very minor word mistake. One of the lines shouldnt read 'disguise' but actually 'disgust.'
i am loving this blog.