Story of Strong #Faith: Young Boy with Strong Belief
Once I saw a young boy walking through the jungle. It appeared as if he was uttering some words. I greeted him with Salaam and he replied accordingly. I inquired,
"Where are you going?"
Young boy retorted, “To the house of Allah, Kaaba in Makkah.”
I further asked, “What are you reciting?”
"Noble Qur’an" he replied.
I remarked, “You are at a tender age, it is not an obligation that you are required to fulfill.”
Young boy said, “I have witnessed death approach people younger than me and therefore would like to prepare if death was to knock on my door.”
I astoundingly commented, “Your steps are small and your destination far.”
He responded, “My duty is to take the step and it remains the responsibility of Allah (SWT) to take me to my destination.”
I continued to ask, “Where is your provision and conveyance (means of transport).”
He replied, “My Yaqeen (certainty) is my provision and my feet’s are my conveyance.”
I explained, “I am asking you regarding bread and water.”
Young boy replied! “Oh Shaykh if someone invited you to his house, would it be appropriate to take your own food?”
I exclaimed, “No!”
"Similarly, My Lord has invited His servant to His house, it is only the weakness of your Yaqeen (certainty) that makes us carry provisions. Despite this, do you think Allah (SWT) will let me go to waste?"
"Never" I replied.
The young boy then left. Sometime later I saw him in Makkah. Young boy approached me and inquired,
"Oh Shaykh are you still of weak belief?"
Source: Stories of the Pious by Shaikh Ahmad Ali
Noble Prophet Muhammad (saws) said: “He who likes to be the strongest should trust in Allah (SWT).”
Noble Prophet Muhammad (saws) said: “If you would have trusted Allah (SWT) as He deserves to be trusted then He would have fed you the way He feeds the birds.”
Imam Ali (as) said: “Do not betray anyone who places his trust in you, even if he betrays you.”
Imam Ali (as) said: “Fulfillment of trusts is the key to one’s means of livelihood.”
Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) said: “There is no faith for him who has no modesty.”
Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) said: “To remove a mountain is easier than removing faith.”
Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) said: “You will not be faithful believer before you become fearful and hopeful. You will not be fearful and hopeful before you work for what you fear and hope.”
Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) said: “Faith is not identified through outer appearances and hopes. Faith is that which is pure in the hearts and assured by deeds.”
Noble Prophet Isa (Jesus) the son of Maryam (as) said: “Verily as crops can not thrive except with water and dirt, so then too true faith can not thrive except through knowledge and action.”