Fiction / Motivational / Story with a Quran Quote / Under 700 words

Too Messy

big houseBecause he was too old to maintain his own home, a frail old man named Basri went to live with his wealthy son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. Basri’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. So he was very happy indeed when his son decided to take him in.

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handsEvery day at Basri’s new home, the family ate dinner together at the huge table in the carpeted dining room.  But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk would always spill a little. Plenty of dropped bread crumbs, noodles, rice or gravy would also be found on the table cloth daily.

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As time went by, the son and daughter-in-law started to become irritated with the mess. “We must do something about father,” said the son. “I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the carpet and table.”

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Old-newspapersSo the husband and wife set a small table in a tiled corner of the house and covered it up with a black plastic garbage bag. Underneath it, they placed several layers of old yellow newspapers. There for months, poor old Basri ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner and one another’s company.

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Since Basri had started to break a dish or two every several weeks, his food was now served in an ugly wooden bowl and his tall elegant glass was replaced with an old plastic cup!  Sometimes the family would glance in Grandfather Basri’s direction. He usually couldn’t help but well up a tear in his eye as he sadly sat there eating all alone in his corner.

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wooden bowlDespite all the new changes to his meal arrangements, Basri’s son and daughter-in-law kept on complaining about his mess. After dinner, while cleaning up after him, they would admonish him sharply for being careless, thoughtless and ungrateful. They would sigh loudly to show their displeasure. Basri, who never said a word in response, sadly looked down and waited till they are both done before walking unsteadily back into his bedroom.

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The four-year-old grandson watched it all in silence.

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wood scrapsOne evening before dinner time, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps and glue on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making, son?”  Just as sweetly, the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.” The four-year-old smiled and went back to work .

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The words struck deep inside Basri’s son and daughter-in-law’s  hearts. They stopped whatever they were doing and looked at each other speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

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That evening, Basri’s son took his hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days, Basri ate every meal with the family at the dining table. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled. Alhamdulillah.

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Allah tells us many times in the Quran, to be kind to our parents. Here are a few quotes, Insha’Allah :

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  • “And  your  Lord  has  decreed  that  you  not  worship  except  Him,  and  to  parents,  good treatment.  Whether  one  or  both  of  them  reach  old  age  [while]  with  you,  say  not  to them  [so  much  as],  “uff,”  and  do  not  repel  them  but  speak  to  them  a  noble  word.”

(Quran, 17:23)

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  • “And  lower  to  them  the  wing  of  humility  out  of  mercy  and  say,  ‘My  Lord,  have  mercy upon  them  as  they  brought  me  up  [when  I  was]  small.’ “

(Quran, 17:24)

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  • “Worship Allah and  associate  nothing  with  Him,  and  to  parents  do  good,  and  to relatives,  orphans,  the  needy,  the  near  neighbor,  the  neighbor  farther  away,  the companion  at  your  side,  the  traveler,  and  those  whom  your  right  hands  possess. Indeed, Allah does  not  like  those  who  are  self-deluding  and  boastful.”

(Quran, 4:36)

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Moral:

You reap what you sow. Regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. Always respect, care for and love them.

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Story is based on http://www.moralstories.org/the-wooden-bowl/

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Image credits:
inworldcartoon.blogspot.com – www.susangregg.com – www.geeky-gadgets.com – www.3to3.org.uk – sincerelywhitney.com – www.gdefon.com 
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2 thoughts on “Too Messy

  1. SubhanAllah!

    Jazakallahu khairan for a truly beautiful story sister. I particularly liked how you mentioned that the frailty of our parents actually reflects what lies ahead for our own selves. We will all travel down that long road that takes us back to Allah in the end.

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