A Tongue that Remains Moist With the Remembrance of Allah

When a Bedouin was passing through a mountain pass, he came across an old man who was blind and who seemed to be afflicted with various ailments all over his body. It was clear that he was wasting away. He was paralysed and was constantly forced to remain in a seated position. The Bedouin could clearly hear him say, "Praise be to Allah who had saved me from what He had afflicted many among His creation; and for honouring me over many of his creations!"

"My brother!" exclaimed the Bedouin."What have you been saved from? By Allah, I think that you have been afflicted with every single kind of ailment!"

"Go away from me," said the old man, as he raised his head." Do I not still have a tongue with which I can pronounce His Oneness, and with which I can remember Him every single moment? And do I not still have a heart with which I can know Him?"

These words of the old man were enough for the Bedouin to repent to Allah for his sins and ask Him for forgiveness.


From this story we learn that we should be thankful no matter what situation we're in, this is in accordance with the verse "...and if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. Indeed, mankind is most unjust and ungrateful." - Qur'an Surah Ibraheem 14:34, and with the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) in which he used to say "All praise and thanks are only for Allah in all circumstances." [Ibn Maajah]