When passing through a mountain-pass, a Bedouin once came across an old man who was blind and who seemed to be afflicted with various ailments all over his body; it was clear that he was wasting away. He was even paralyzed and was consequently forced to remain in a seated position.
The Bedouin could distinctly hear him say: "All praise is for Allaah, Who has kept me safe from ailments with which He has tested many among His creation; and He has indeed preferred me over many among those that He created." "My brother!” Exclaimed the Bedouin. "What have you been saved from? By Allah, I think that you have been afflicted with every single kind of ailment!""Go away from me," said the old man, as he raised his head. "do I not still have a tongue with which I can pronounce is Oneness, and with which I can remember Him every single moment? And do I not still have a heart with which I can know Him?" These words of the old man had a profound effect on the Bedouin. He immediately repented to Allaah for his sins and asked Allaah for forgiveness.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited