Thursday, 25 October 2018


Salam aleykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu

I thought of sharing this beautiful story with you all. This story is based on the following rules.

If you plant honesty, You will reap trust
If you plant goodness, You will reap friends
If you plant humility, You will reap greatness
If you plant perseverance, You will reap victory
If you plant consideration, You will reap harmony
If you plant hard work, You will reap success
If you plant forgiveness, You will reap reconciliation
If you plant openness, You will reap intimacy
If you plant patience, You will reap improvements
If you plant faith, You will reap miracles


If you plant dishonesty, You will reap distrust
If you plant selfishness, You will reap loneliness
If you plant pride, You will reap destruction
If you plant envy, You will reap trouble
If you plant laziness, You will reap stagnation
If you plant bitterness, You will reap isolation
If you plant greed, You will reap loss
If you plant gossip, You will reap enemies
If you plant worries, You will reap wrinkles
If you plant sin, You will reap guilt

I will rather let you judge with your own point of view.


An emperor in the Far East was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or his children, he decided something different. He called young people in the kingdom together one day. He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you.”

The kids were shocked! But the emperor continued. I am going to give each one of you a seed today. One very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next emperor.

One boy named Ahmed was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his mother the story. She helped him get a pot and planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it carefully. Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Ahmed kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, 4 weeks, 5 weeks went by. Still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants but Ahmed didn’t have a plant, and he felt like a failure. Six months went by–still nothing in his pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Ahmed didn’t say anything to his friends, however. He just kept waiting for his seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection. Ahmed told his mother that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But honest about what happened, Ahmed felt sick and was afraid, but he knew his mother was right. He took his empty pot to the palace. When he arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other youths. They were beautiful–in all shapes and sizes. Ahmed kept his empty pot on the floor and many of the other laughed at him. A few felt sorry for him and just said, “Hey nice try” that was really a sign of mockery.

When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people. Ahmed just tried to hide in the back. “ O My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said the emperor. “Today, one of you will be appointed the next emperor!” All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ahmed at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front. Ahmed was terrified. “The emperor knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me severely punished or even kill me”

When Ahmed got to the front, the Emperor asked his name. “My name is Ahmed,” he replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of him. The emperor asked everyone to keep calm. He looked at Ahmed, and then announced to the crowd, “Behold your new emperor! His name is Ahmed!” Ahmed couldn’t believe it. He couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor? Then the emperor said, “One year ago, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds which would not grow. All of you, except Ahmed, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ahmed was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!”

So be careful what you plant now, It will determine what you will reap tomorrow. 

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