An old man lived on a farm with his young granddaughter. Every morning atuk wakes u early sitting at the table reading his quran. His granddaughter wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way she could.
One day, the granddaughter asked, atuk, I try to read the quran just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand, I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the quran do? The granddaughter quietly turned after putting a basket of coal in the gunny-sack and replied,”take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water”. The girl did as she was told, but all the water leaked out before she got back to the house..The grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent her back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the girl ran faster, but again, the basket was empty before she returned home.
Out of breath, she told her grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket and she went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water, I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying hard enough,” then he went out to watch his granddaughter repeating the task. At this point, the girl knew it was impossible, but she wanted to show her grandfather that even if she ran so fast as she could, the water would still leak out before she got back to the house. The girl again dipped the basket into the river and ran hard, but when she reached her grandfather, the basket was again empty. Out of breath, she said, ‘see atuk, it’s useless!”
‘so you think it is useless?” the old man said,”look at the basket”. The girl looked at the basket and for the first time she realizes that the basket was different. It has been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and outside!
“That’s what happens when you read the quran…you might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work of Allah in our lives”.
Read in the name of your lord who created, created man from clot of blood. Read! Your lord is the most bounteous, who has taught the use of the pen, has taught man what he did not know (96:1-5)
Allah has never changed the blessings that he has given to a people until they themselves changed what is in their souls. Allah hears all and knows all (8:53)