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Pair of old shoes

Posted by Haris Gulzar on July 27, 2009

A young man, a student in one of the universities, was one day taking a walk with a professor, who was commonly called the students’ friend for his kindness to those who waited on his instructions.

As they went along, they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes, which were supposed to belong to a poor man who was working in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day’s work…

Student turned to the professor, saying:

“Let us play the man a trick, we will hide his shoes, and hide ourselves behind those bushes, and wait to see his perplexity when he cannot find them …”

“My young friend,” answered the professor, “We should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor… But you are rich, and may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of this poor man. Put a coin in each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch how this affects him..”

The student did so and they both placed themselves behind the bushes close by. The poor man soon finished his work, and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes…

While putting on his coat he slipped his foot into one of his shoes, but feeling something hard, he stooped down to feel what it was, and found the coin. Astonishment and wonder were seen upon his countenance.

He gazed upon the coin, turned it around and looked at it again and again.
He then looked around him on all sides, but no person was to be seen. He now put the money into his pocket, and proceeded to put on the other shoe; but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin…

His feelings overcame him…

He fell upon his knees, looked up to heaven and uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving in which he spoke of his wife, sick and helpless, and his children without bread, whom this timely bounty, from some unknown hand, would save from perishing…

The student stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears.
“Now,” said the professor, are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?”

The youth replied, “You have taught me a lesson which I will never forget. .. I feel now the truth of these words, which I never understood before: “It’s more blessed to give than to receive.”

If you want happiness… .For a lifetime – help someone..


23 Responses to “Pair of old shoes”

  1. I got this as an email from a friend.

  2. Huda said

    Hmm, really nice 🙂

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  4. masood said

    Absolutely Incredible way of teaching. Very nice.

  5. Komal Ali said

    True. Self-satisfaction could only be attained by giving more (:

    Lovely share, I must say.

  6. AD said

    very nice sharing 🙂

  7. Asad Ali said

    humm….truly inspiring.. bro….:) Can i share it on my blog???

  8. Jafar said

    ہمم۔۔۔ تصویر کا دوسرا رخ بھی دیکھیں
    اس غریب آدمی کی اس حالت کا ذمہ دار کون ہےکہ اس کی بیوی بیمار اور بچے بھوکے ہیں اور اس کے پاس پیسے نہیں کہ ان کو خوراک اور دوا فراہم کرسکے۔
    خیرات کی بجائے اگر سب کو ان کا حق دیا جائے تو یہ بہترین عمل ہے
    کیا علاج، تعلیم، رہائش سب شہریوں کا بنیادی حق نہیں؟؟؟
    اگر ہے تو کون اس کو غصب کرکے بیٹھا ہے؟؟؟

  9. Nikki said

    Amazing as how a simple trick and a simple favour can change so much in someone’s life. Good that u shared it with others as well 🙂

  10. @Huda: 🙂

    @Masood: A good teacher is one who teaches by example, and there couldn’t have been any better example than letting the student see it from his own eyes :-). Welcome to Amar Bail.

    @Komal: Thanx 🙂

    @AD: Thank you 🙂

    @Asad: You sure can brother 🙂 (Y).

  11. @Jafar: بجا فرمایا آپ نے، مگر آزمائش تو کسی وقت بھی کسی پہ بھی آسکتی ہے۔ اس بات سے کوئی انکار نہیں کہ حکومتِ وقت کو چاہئیے کہ شہریوں کو بنیادی سہولیات مہیا کی جائیں مگر لوگوں کا ایک دوسرے پہ بھی تو حق ہے۔ ۔ ۔ کیا ہمیں اس بات کا احساس نہیں ہونا چاہئیے کہ آج جو کچھ بھی ہمارے پاس ہے، اس میں دوسروں کا بھی حق ہے۔ ۔ ۔

    @Nikki: Welcome to Amar Bail. You’re so right, things that probably don’t even matter to us sometimes mean so much for others…

  12. Asad Ali said

    Thank you…:)

    Agreed , Although , its the responsibility of Government as indicated by Jafer.. yet , we just cant stay away from this… If we observe our daily life…, On one hand, we waste tons of food daily….during marriages,in hotels, cafeterias and homes… and on the other hand there are people.. who don’t have anything to eat..for many days…literally.These people have no resources to buy the cheapest medicine for their near and dear ones who are in pain…

    The other day I heard a politician..saying that every body has got the basic necessities/ essentials for living….He is right coz he must have never gone to any such place…..

    Yes,Jafar is right & i must say that ..its always better not to give a fish each day but to teach …”how to fish”.

  13. Asad Ali said

    Post published with thanks –

  14. Samah said

    Excellent post!

    “The likeness of those who spend their substance in the Way of Allâh, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allâh gives manifold increase to whom He wills.” [Quran 2:261]

  15. hasanphd said

    nice sharing… 🙂

  16. jman said

    As always it falls to me to see the funny side of this most moralistic story!

    Why did he not put a note?
    If this was in Pakistan (and before the govnt sanctioned the five rupee coin) id hate to see what he got?
    Why wasnt he wearing sandals? Most manual labourers do!

    Seriously though good story though.

  17. siras said

    wow! so inspiring! 🙂

  18. very well said…..

  19. M. M. said

    Touching. Inspiring.
    I’m glad I read it (:

  20. @Asad: You’re so right. Giving a fish can help a person survive one day, but teaching how to fish can help him (Insha-Allah) how to survive for his entire life…

    @Samah: Welcome to Amar Bail. Thank you so very much for sharing the Quranic Verse. I look forward to seeing more of your comments on my other posts Insha-Allah. Thank you again and do keep visiting my blog.

    @Hasanphd: Welcome to Amar bail. Thank you 🙂

    @Jman: Shoes could probably also mean sandals 🙂

    @Siras: It definitely is.

    @Narendra: True!

    @M.M: I’m glad I put it on my blog (Y) 🙂

  21. brocasarea said

    nice moral story!!:)

  22. @Brocasarea: Yup :-). Thanx

  23. What a touching story,I know your feeling and I have a great ope in you that you can able to make it.

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