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The Story of Far Waters - Inspirational Story About Neighbor from Chinese Proverb


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The Story of Far Waters - Inspirational Story About Neighbor from Chinese Proverb

I was reading that day and came across this wonderful proverb from China that said,

Far waters cannot quench near fires

Needless to say, I was very much attracted to the simple yet accurate observation of the ancient Chinese, mashaAllah.

I realized too, that there are so many takes that we can do with this proverb.

But, let me focus on only one today.

Isn't it true?

That during any event of fire, 'far waters' is not so much of a help, you agree?

Well, at least not immediately...

It is the 'close-by water' or 'near-water' is the one that we can use immediately, although, of course, nowadays, we can easily transport 'far-away' water via our amazingly courageous firemen from the fire brigade, right?

But still, that will take a little bit of time, dont you think?

Thus, we should really start to learn to value the existence of these 'near-water' around us which we definitely would depend on in the event of 'fire', nauzubillah...

But then again, I suddenly realized that this same proverb could be used to understand further a hadeeth of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blesings be upon him) when he said,

"Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should be good to his neighbours. Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should be generous to his guest. Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should say what is good or be silent." (Bukhari)

No wonder Prophet Muhammad told us to be good to our neighbours, you agree, my brothers and sisters?

Because at the event of 'fire' (aka trouble), these neighbors are actually our 'nearby' water!

They would be the ones who will help us immediately, comfort us, call our 'far-away' water etc etc, true?

So, yes, the Chinese are right, Far waters cannot quench near fires- only 'near-ones' (water) can!

Let me share with you a poem written by an unknown poet entitled "A Good Neighbor"

A Good Neighbor

For your neighbors, lend a hand
Show them that you understand

They have rights we must protect
Show them kindness and respect

For your neighbors try to care
When they're troubled, help repair

Lend an ear and listen too
If they're worried, help them through

For your neighbors give a smile
Spend time with them for a while

Look after your neighbor's needs
And Allaah will reward your deeds

Have we been good neighbors?

Let us all Think About It...

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Sis Zabrina also known as Zabrina A. Bakar, is a Life Storyteller, motivational and inspirational writer and speaker; and author and creator of Islamic motivational book Life Open Secret book series http://wwww.LifeOpenSecret.com. She maintains an active blog at http://www.WisdomThruWords.blogspot.com. and social networking platform a Web 2.0 at http://www.LifeStoryteller.ning.com

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Sis Zabrina
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Author of Life is an Open Secret Islamic Motivational Book Series- -18 Inspirational Stories from Ordinary life experiences-

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