I received this wonderful story in an email, a couple of years ago. Please share it, as you internalize it. What a beautiful gift!
A man woke up early in order to pray the Fajr prayer
in the masjid. He got dressed, made his ablution and
was on his way to the masjid.
On his way to the masjid, the man fell and his
clothes got dirty. He got up, brushed himself off,
and headed home. At home, he changed his clothes, made
his ablution, and again, went on his way to the masjid.
On his way to the masjid, he fell again and at
the same spot! Again, he got up, brushed himself off
and headed home. At home he, once again, changed his
clothes, made his ablution and was on his way to the
On his way to the masjid, he met a man
holding a lamp.
He asked the man of his identity and the man
replied "I saw you fall twice on your way to the
masjid, so I brought a lamp so I can light your
The first man thanked him profusely and the two
went on their way to the masjid.
Once at the masjid, the first man asked the man
with the lamp to come in and pray Fajr with him.The second man refused.The first man asked him a couple
more times and, again, the answer was the same.The first man asked him why he did not wishhome, cleaned yourself and went back on your way to the masjid,
to come in and pray.
The second man replied "I am Satan."
The man was shocked at this reply. Satan went
on to explain, "I saw you on your way to the masjid,
and it was I who made you fall. When you went
Allah forgave all your sins.I made you fall a second time,and even thatdid not encourage you
to stay home, but rather, you went back on your way
to the masjid.
Because of that, Allah forgave all the sins of
the people of your household. I was afraid if I made
you fall one more time, then Allah will forgive the
sins of the people of your village,so I made sure
that you reached the masjid safely."
So do not let Satan benefit from his actions.
Do not put off the good that you intend to do as you
never know how much reward you might receive from
the hardships that you encounter while trying to
achieve that good.
"O men! certainly the promise of Allah is true.
Let not then this present life deceive you,
Nor let the Chief Deceiver deceive you about Allah.
Surely, Satan is an open enemy to you, so treat
him as as enemy. He only invites his adherents that
they may become companions of the blazing fire."
Holy Quran 35:5-6