“No Shoes”

A Story of Sheikh Sadi

Al-Ahmadiyya, August 1979 Issue (Vol. 1, No. 8, p. 11)

Sadi, the famous Muslim Persian poet, was walking without shoes on a hot sunny day.

“How unlucky I am, Lord,”

he said to himself,

“that I have no shoes to wear. The hot sand and the pebbles hurt me and the thorns on the way prick my feet. Lord! What a miserable creature I am.”

As he went on complaining and grumbling about his fate, he saw a man coming from the other side of the road crawling on his knees. He had no feet at all.

“Forgive me, my Lord,”

said Sadi at once.

“I thank You for what I have. I am a hundred times better than this man.”

The Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of God be upon him, is reported to have said:

“When you see one who has been gifted with more than yourself in money and beauty, then look to those who have been given less.

“Look to those inferior to yourself, which is best for you, that you may not hold God’s benefits in contempt.”