The Ship

A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small desert like island.  The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no other recourse but to pray to God. However, to find out whose...

The Selfish Man

Once upon a time, there was a selfish man. He liked everything to be his own. He could not share his belongings with anyone, not even his friends or the poor.  One day, the man lost thirty gold coins. He went to his friend’s house and told him how he lost his gold coins....

The Rose Within

A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom, but noticed thorns upon the stem and he thought, “How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?"  Saddened by this thought, he...

The Rope

The night fell heavy in the heights of the mountains and the man could not see anything. All was black. Zero visibility and the moon and the stars were covered by the clouds. As he was climbing only a few feet away from the top of the mountain, he slipped and fell in to the air falling...

The Proud Red Rose

One beautiful spring day a red rose blossomed in a forest. Many kinds of trees and plants grew there.  As the rose looked around, a pine tree nearby said. "What a beautiful flower. I wish I was that lovely."  Another tree said. "Dear pine, do not be sad, we can not...

The One-Eyed Doe

A Doe had the misfortune to lose one of her eyes and could not see any one approaching her on that side.  So to avoid any danger she always used to feed on a high cliff near the sea with her sound eye looking towards the land.  By this means she...

The Obstacle in Our Path

In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.  Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear. But...

The Neighbor

Sayyed Jawad Ameli, a great Mujtahid, was having his dinner when someone knocked at his door.  A servant from his master, Ayatullah Savyed Mehdi Bahrul Uloom, appeared and said, "Your master has sent for you to come immediately. He has just sat down for his dinner but refuses to eat until he sees you." 

The Most Beautiful Heart

One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley.  A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it...

The Monkey and The Dolphin

One day…. long ago, some sailors set out to sea in their sailing ship. One of them brought his pet monkey along for the long journey. When they were far out at sea, a terrible storm overturned their ship. Everyone fell into the sea and the monkey was sure that he would drown.  Suddenly...

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