The Pencil

Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

Having picked up the latest copy of Al- Amanah I came across a few words of wisdom.  Words which really made me ponder.  So I hope this is as inspiring for you as it was for me:

A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. He asked: “Are you writing a story about what we have done? Is it story about me?” His grandmother stopped writing and said to her grandson: “I am writing about you actually, but more important than the words is the pencil that I am using.  I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.”

The boy looked at the pencil, it didn’t seem very special.  It’s just seemed like any other pencil he’d seen. “that depends on how you look at things” His grandmother pointed out. “it has five qualities which if you manage to hang on  to them, you will become a person with no problems in life:”

  • First Quality: You are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your step. We call that hand Allah (swt) and He always guides us according  to His Will.
  • Second Quality: Now and then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpener. That makes the pencil suffer a little but afterwards, he is much sharper. So, you must learn to g through certain pains because they will make you a better person.
  • Third Quality: The pencil always allow us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means that you should learn from your mistakes.
  • Fourth Quality: What really matters in a pencil is not its wooden outside, but the lead inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.
  • Fifth quality: It always leaves a mark.  In just the same way, you should know that every thing in life leaves a mark, so watch every step you take.”

Such simple lessons that if one was to learn and try and implement into his / her life what a difference it would make.

(Original post written by Muhammad Patel (Aged 12) student Masjid-e-Umar – Darlaston, WMids)

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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5 Responses to “The Pencil”

  1. JazakAllah, a very inspirational read.
    (To the blog writer, I wondered whether you could have a space on your blog where people could ask random questions?)

  2. no?

  3. Currently all questions are sent to
    but it maybe soemthing which is implemented in the future on the blog, what do you think sid??

  4. Yeah if u send your questions to then we will try to get them aenswered. Alternatively if they are not private, then u could leave the questions as comments – either way it’s up to u al humaira.

  5. assalamu’alaikum…this story is sooo nice..really inspire me..
    thumbs up :)

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