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Words of Wisdom

The Old Man in the Mosque


Once a person saw an old man praying in the mosque. He asked him about his experiences he had to face in his old age, which would be of benefit to him. The old man replied: “Whoever is with me, goes ahead of me; whoever is behind me catches up with me. I forget what is said in recent times, and I remember clearly what was said in my younger days. I doze in the company of people, and I am awake, when I am alone. When I stand, the ground appears to come up towards me, and when I sit down, it moves away from me. This is old age, which will come upon you, as it is now on me. Be prepared for it!”


Over Come Three Things
(Compiled by Khusthar Jamal)



Once a great scholar in the days of old, went to a library in Baghdad to borrow some books. He found two scholars eagerly going through all the books in the library and writing some of the words, which were written in those pages. Puzzled at their actions, he came up to them to find out if he could help them in some way. He asked them: “ My friends, what is it that you hope to gain from going through all these books?” They replied: “We are writing down words of wisdom, of the ancient scholars in order to be successful in all the endeavours we undertake in our lives.” He said to them: “There are three things… if you have them, you will not succeed.” The men were immediately interested and asked him excitedly: “What are they?” and he said, “Worry of yesterday, sorrow of today, and fear of tomorrow. If you overcome these three things, you will always emerge successful in all your endeavours throughout your life.”