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ALLAH KNOWS BEST- A KINGS EXPERIENCE
A story is told about a King in Africa who had a close friend that he
grew up with. the friend used to always accompany the king when he
traveled.The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever
occurred in his life (positive or negative) by remarking, “All praise be
to Allah, Almighty Allah knows best”
One day the King and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The
friend would load and prepare the guns for the King. The friend had
apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after
taking the gun from his friend, the King fired it and his thumb was
Examining the situation the friend remarked as usual, “All praise be to
Allah, Almighty Allah knows best”
To which the King replied, “No, this is NOT good!” and ordered his
soldiers to put his friend into jail.
About a year later, the King was hunting in an area that he should have
known to stay clear of. Cannibals captured the King and took him to
their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake
and bound him to the stake.They were preparing to eat him.
As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the King
was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone who was
less than whole.They believed that a thumbless person was defective and
accursed. So after untying the King, they chased him out of the village
When the King reached his Palace, he was reminded of the event that had
taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He
went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend.
“You were right” the King said, “it was good that my thumb was blown
And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened. ” I am
very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do
“No,” his friend replied, “this is good … “All praise be to Allah,
Almighty Allah knows best”
“What do you mean, ‘this is good’! How could it be good that I sent my
friend to jail for a year?”
The King’s friend replied: “Remember that the Almighty knows best and if
I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you(on this hunting
trip).Look, he said lifting up his hands…I have all my fingers and
they would have certainly eaten me!”
‘He knows what is before them and what is behind them: And to Allah go
back all questions (for decision)”
Qur’an: Surah Al Hajj 22:76
Do Not Judge Things or Events by their Immediate Outcome!
Know that whatever is written for you and befalls you, is better than
what you think should have happened. Omar ibn al-Khattab once said: I
don’t care what state I wake up in, good or bad; because I don’t know
what is good for me nor do I know what is bad for me.
Everything happens or comes into being simply by Allah willing it. Allah
only has to say, “Be” and something comes into being.