The Story of Imaam and Bus Driver - A Motivational Story About Being A Good Muslim


As Salaamu 'alaykum and Peace to all,

A few days back, I encountered an incident which has brought new meaning and outlook in my life. It happened in the morning around 8.00am. I was about to get into my car when i saw a woman - non-muslim- walked pass me on the other side of the road. Naturally, i smiled to her. And she smiled back. I continued to put my laptop bag into the car. Then, i heard someone says hello.

I turned my head and saw the same woman across the street, now, standing beside me.

"Are you going out and will pass by the bus station?"

I actually wasn’t going to pass the bus station, but, then, I remembered something

The words of Allah Almighty, "Worship Allah and do not attribute partners to Him. Be good to your parents and relatives and to orphans and the very poor, and to neighbours who are related to you and neighbours who are not related to you..." (4:36)

The father of 'Umar ibn Muhammad related from his father that Ibn 'Umar said that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Jibril continued to advise me to be good to my neighbour until I thought that he would have me make him my heir. (Sahih Bukhari)

Ibn al-Munkadir reported that he heard Jabir say, "The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was never asked for something to which he said 'No.'" (Sahih Bukhari #5687)

"Yes, i answered"

"May i get a lift from you?"

"Sure, no problem. Hop in!"

This is when something amazing happened. We got acquainted and she made a remark that sank my heart to the bottom of the sea.

She said to me, " When you smiled to me across the street, i saw kindness in your smile, that is why I have the courage to came to you for help. Many people passed by me, but none of them smiled, so I didn’t ask”

One line was enough. One line from her and i realized how true and wise our Prophet Muhammad SAW words are. He showed us the manners and way to the heart of people using the smallest and simplest way. Smiling.

The Prophet said: "Do not think little of any good deed even if it is just greeting your brother with a cheerful countenance [face] (Muslim)

Abdullaah Ibn Haarith said, 'I never came across a person who smiled as much as the Prophet. The Prophet regarded smiling with a brother as an act of charity. (Tirmidhi)

Suddenly it strikes me. If we cannot follow the manner of how Prophet Muhammad SAW in say doing night prayers, can’t we follow him in smiling? Prophet Muhammad SAW loves to smile. By just smiling we Muslims are being rewarded and are regarded as doing charity work. Is it so hard to smile?

When I walked around, I love to see people’s expression. I can actually see almost every expression – angry, upset, rushing, expressionless, lost, happy, tense, etc, but I rarely see a person, with a smile as their default face! Maybe we don’t want people to think we are crazy… wondering why we are smiling for no reason…

Upon reflecting on that day’s incident, it makes me wonder, how many times have i not acted as how our Prophet SAW asked us to behave? How many times have i failed to portray the manners and morals that is the guideline of Muslims? How many times have i forgotten that I AM the ambassador of Islam? How many times have I ignored the fact that I AM the window to Islam for the non-muslims?

Being the window to Islam has bothered me enough, but, what freaks me is that what if I am the ONLY window to Islam that they have?

I remembered reading one story sometime back about an Imaam who almost sold his Deen. Let me share it with you…

Several years ago an Imaam moved to London. He often took the bus from his home to the downtown area. Some weeks after he arrived, he had occasion to ride the same bus. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him twenty pence too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, 'you better give the twenty pence back. It would be wrong to keep it'.

Then he thought, 'Oh forget it, it's only twenty pence. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company already gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a gift from Almighty Allah and keep quiet'.

When his stop came, the Imaam paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the twenty pence back to the driver and said:

"Here, you gave me too much change."

The driver with a smile replied:

"Aren't you the new Imaam in this area? I have been thinking lately about going to worship at your mosque. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change."

When the Imaam stepped off the bus, his knees became weak and soft. He had to grab the nearest light pole and held for support, and looked up to the heavens and cried:

"Oh Allah, I almost sold Islam for twenty pence!"

I keep on thinking of this Imaam story and asked myself. Have I ever done that before? Have I ever sold my religion by being a bad window?

Am I following Prophet’s manners and advices on punctuality, on being truthful, on smiling, on good words, on patience, on my dressing, on my dealing with my friends? Oh dear, what if when I was doing all the wrong things, my ‘bus driver’ was watching me closely, and evaluating me as a Muslim and judging Islam thru me, his window? I hope that I do not have any ‘bus drivers’ watching me.

What about you? Is your ‘bus driver’ watching? We will never know. But that is not the question. The question is what are we going to do now, knowing, maybe, just maybe, someone is watching and judging Islam thru us...

Sis Zabrina
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Al Huda School said…
As Salaamu Alaikum Sis. Great post! I have often said that we are all "ambassadors" for Islam. Especially in this day and age. I am the only Muslim at my job. I have a lot of bus drivers watching me. By the way, welcome to IWA!
Fi Aman Allah
Sis Zabrina said…

Wa 'alaikum salaam sis Safiyyah,

Thanks for welcoming me to IWA. I am looking forward to interactiong with everyone there Insya'Allaah:))

Wow, being the only window to Islam at your work place sure put burden on you, but, Insya'Allaah you will do fine :)))

And i agree with you that you must have lots of bus drivers watching you. But as long as we have the best intention at heart, Insya'Allaah, Allaah's help is always with us.

Thanks for dropping by my blog and do visit me again here! Take care sis! :))

Sis Zabrina
Anonymous said…
Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

Excellent post, masha'Allah. Yes, we must take care to not act in any way that may make non-muslims think in any negative way about Islam. Inshaa'Allah we'll all be a good example to them instead.

Jazaakillah kheyr sis ;)

Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum and Peace to all,

Hi Sarraa', you are so right. We should take care of our conduct so that it will reflect the beauty Islam is. And , Masya'Allaah, i know you yourself is a good example of a Muslim sister! :))) Drop by my blog again, kay!

Sis Zabrina
Hadiya said…
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Hadiya said…
As Salaam Alaikum,
Sister I just came across your blog. I never comment on anyone's blog, but your story was so beautiful, al-humduillah, I just had to let you know. Fi Aman Allah
Sis Hadiya
edyan7 said…
Salaam Sis,

I'm back from a long confinement. Having read this wonderful entry. The story was so beautiful, if an Imaam could have that doubt in heart...I don't know. I grade myself as having average knowledge on Islam and need to learn more each day. I might have sold my religion with that two pence... Nau'zubillah...Syukran for enlightened me...

Note: I've delivered a baby boy. Do visit my blog when u hv time.

Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum sis Hadiya,

I am so honoured that you drop by my blog and not only that, you took your time to leave a comment. Thanks sis! *hugs*.

Please do drop by again, Insya'Allaah, in the future...:))

Sis Zabrina
Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum sis Yan! Congratulation my dear, on your baby boy. You must be so in love with him. :))) Kiss him from me, will ya. Tell him Aunty Zabrina says salaam! Maybe one day, we will be able to meet, Insya'Allaah...

Yes, sis. Sometimes, we do not realize that our actions has implications on how people judge our Deen. I, myself, am guilty so many times :(((

Let us try sis, to be the best we can, Insya'Allaah. Take care sis, and glad to have you back with us, and again, contrats on your lovely baby boy!

Sis Zabrina
Anonymous said…
Salamu Alaikum
I receive a mail containing this story yesterday. I was actualy speachless for while after reading it, my wife couldn't stop repeating that we have to be always carefull about little things like that cos it can cause agreat damage to deen.
Sis May Allah blis you and your work..Ameen
Salamu Alaikum
Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum brother Mohammed,

Ameen to your prayer, brother. Jazakallaah kheyr. And your wife is right. We cannot be too careful especially these days. Living up to the Muslim identity as prescribed by our Deen is a responsibility that must be uphold. I am so glad that you found my story beneficial. Please do refer others to this blog. We can never know who may benefit from it, Insha Allaah.

May Allaah reward you and your wife with His Jannah. Ameen.

Do drop by again for future stories brother, Insha Allaah

Sis Zabrina
Anonymous said…
Excellent, love it! »
Anonymous said…
Asalam alaikum sis,

Masha'Allah it was a very inspiring post.