Between life and death
Author Unknown
A man slipped down from the brink of a deep well. Fortunately, a plant had grown in the wall of the well, and while falling down his hands clutched a branch of that plant.  After the initial shock, he began looking up and down.  What he saw, was enough to make him scared.  A huge serpent, in the depth of the well, was waiting for him to fall down.  Desperately, he decided to remain where he was and then saw, to his horror, that two mice - one black, another white - were busy cutting the root of that plant.  He lost his hope.  Then he looked up, and his heart was full of hope.  He was not very far from the rim of the well and, by a little judicious effort could reach to safety very easily.  Then he saw a beehive in that plant.  And forgetting his tragic position, he began eating the honey.  Of course, the bees did not like it and began stinging him, but he remained oblivious of all the troubles.  A short time after, the mice succeeded in cutting the plant down and he fell in the mouth of the serpent.

We are that man; this world is that well; the plant in midway is our life; which is being coded away by every passing night and day - the black and white mice; death is the serpent waiting for us.  The honey represents the pleasantries of this world, for which we quarrel with other people- the bees, and are bitten by them.  What makes our plight more tragic is the fact that rescue is never very far.  It just requires a little effort on our path to reach the safety and security provided by the loving care of Allah. We may easily reach to God and be safe forever.  Or, on the other hand, we may be destroyed by death.

The choice is ours.

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