Motivational / Non-Fiction / Story with a Hadith quote / Under 450 words

At a Leicester Naan Shop…

One day, I went to a local shop in Leicester to buy some naans. After placing my order I was just waiting on the side and noticed that shopkeeper was just staring at the door with no smile on his face .

It seemed like he was just annoyed that no one was coming to buy anything.

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I noticed he kept looking at the clock, then the door and was becoming more miserable. 

Initially, I was reluctant to start a conversation but I finally decided to talk to him …

Me : Dear Uncle , you look a bit unhappy.

Uncle : No, just stressed. I’ve got these 3 guys working at the back and no matter what happens I have to pay them. I’m not getting any customers and the clock is ticking fast.

Me : Uncle , shall I tell you a secret? If you want your business to get busy try doing the following, insha Allah*… smiley

A) Smile a lot. It’s a Sunnah and will attract customers.

B) Say Alhamdulillah* often. Keep repeating it and think of all the favours Allah* has blessed you with. alhamdulillah

(All this while I could see that the 3 workers behind him were listening in and they all started saying Alhamdulillah too) .

Uncle, the secret to getting more from Allah is to thank Him for what He has already given you …

C) Send abundant salutations on the beloved Prophet as this will bring Allah’s blessings. ** salawat

D) Make lots of du’aa* that Allah blesses all the other businesses on this street and that Allah makes them very busy.

Uncle : (Looking at me with a puzzled face) What do you mean make du’aa for them to get busy? They are my competitors! Why should I do du’aa for them ?

Me : Uncle, when you make du’aa for them the angels will say “Ameen*” to your du’aa and they will will say “And the same for you.” (Therefore Allah will give you more than the others.)make-duaa

Uncle : (After a slight pause, Uncle hesitantly said) Ya Allah, give lots of customers to all the shops here.

We then continued talking for a few more minutes.

SubhanAllah*.

By the end of our conversation, the shop was buzzing with happy workers, a happy manager and the atmosphere was super-charged. All the workers were smiling and their tongues were busy praising Allah.naan-bread

I felt so buzzed that I started ordering food for my neighbours.

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This story has been edited from a Facebook post by Shaykh Nagib Khan, on January 3, 2017 :

____https://www.facebook.com/Shaykh-Nagib-Khan-352695808235430/?fref=nf

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**Further reading:

  • Why we should send salutations to the Prophet (s.a.w.) : –

http://muslimmatters.org/2009/12/21/believers-send-your-blessings-on-him-a-concise-resource-for-salawat-on-the-prophet/

  • Alhamdulillah – One Word, Countless Blessings : –

http://productivemuslim.com/alhamdulillah-one-word-countless-blessings/

  • Alhamdulillah Project : –

http://muslimmatters.org/2013/05/05/muslimkidsmatter-alhamdulillah-project/

  • “Alhamdulillah” – A Linguistic Miracle of the Quran

http://muslimmatters.org/2008/01/07/alhamdulillah-a-linguistic-miracle-of-the-quran/

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*Brief meanings:

Allah = The one Almighty God

Alhamdulillah = All praise and thanks be to God

Insha Allah = God-willing

SubhanAllah = Glory be to God; How perfect God is

Ameen = May God accept our prayers; or “O Allah, respond to, or answer our prayers.”

du’aa = supplication; invocation

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Image Credits:
http://coloringhub.com/fine-collection-of-clock-coloring-pages/
http://www.baadshahrestaurant.com/?lightbox=dataItem-ii9iksqv1
http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=33364&picture=smiley
http://islamic8.com/alhamdulillah-in-naskh-on-black-background/
http://makedua.com/print_dua.php?duaid=53
http://muslimmatters.org/2016/04/29/a-life-changing-dua-of-unimaginable-proportions/

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