upon a time there lived a very wealthy and wise man named Abdullah. He
had two sons. His oldest son was very hard-working and used to earn his
living all by himself. He never asked his father for any money. The
youngest son of Abdullah was a very lazy guy and was unwilling to work
at all and used to spend all his time enjoying with friends. He used to
spend his father’s money and lead a very luxurious life like a prince.
Abdullah got too much worried about his youngest son’s situation and
thought he badly needed to do something about it. So one day Abdullah
called his youngest son and told him to go to the market and earn some
money and put a condition that if he was unable to bring home any money
he would not be allowed to have his dinner that night. Out of fear that
his father would not allow him to eat his dinner, the youngest son went
to the market, but didn’t find any work. He came home and went to his
mother and told her about it. His mother could not see him sad so she
gave him 20 pounds.
In the evening when Abdullah asked his
youngest son to show what he had earned that day, the son quickly
presented the 20 pounds note and told father that was his earnings of
the day. Abdullah was a very wise man and from his experience he guessed
that the money was given to him by his mother. So Abdullah told the boy
to tear the note and throw it in the pool. The son did as he was
instructed by his father.
The next day Abdullah sent his wife
to her friend’s place and told his youngest son to go to the market and
earn some money with the warning of being deprived of the night’s
dinner. This time the son with a very sad face went to his eldest
brother and told him his situation. His eldest brother was very kind and
loved his brother very much so he took a 10 pound note from his pocket
and handed to his brother.
In the evening when Abdullah asked
his youngest son to show his earning, he promptly showed him the 10
pound note that his brother gave him. As Abdullah was a man of wisdom he
suspected this time the son might have got the money from his brother
so Abdullah told his son to throw the money in the pool. The son did
just as his father told him to do.
The next day Abdullah sent
his eldest son on a business trip and told his youngest son to go to
market and earn some money. This time as there was no one at home who
could help him the son went to a shop in the market and asked for some
work. The shopkeeper told him to transfer goods from the van into the
shop. The son could not refuse and by the time he finished with all the
work he was sweating profusely. He was soaked in sweat from head to toe
and his feet were trembling and he felt excess pain in his body.
The son returned home in the evening with 5 pounds in his hand. His
first earning of his life. He showed the money to his father. Abdullah
told his son to throw the money in the pool. The son was shocked and
aghast and cried out, “O Father! How can you ask me to throw the money
into the pool ? This is my hard-earned money. My entire body is aching
and you are asking me to throw this money? ”
The father replied
with a big smile, “Son, on previous two occasions you didn’t once
hesitate to throw the money into the pool because it was not your money
and you just didn’t care, but this time you got so horrified and
couldn’t even imagine throwing your hard-earned money in the pool.
That’s exactly how a person feels when he sees his fruits of labour
The son realized how wrong he was and he learnt a
great lesson and got to know the importance of hard-work and the value
of money. He promised to his father and himself that he would never by
lazy and earn money on his own so he could enjoy the fruits of his
labour in the right way.