This is very beautiful story. An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of ea
stern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Quran. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitiate him in every way he could.
One day grandson asked, "Grandpa ! i try to read the Quran just like you but I don't enderstand it, and what I do understand I forgot as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Qur'an do?" The grandfather quietly tu
rned from putting coal in the stove and replied, "Take this coal basket down to river and bring me back a basket of water"
The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You'll have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told h
is grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.
The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water, I want a basket of water. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try in.
At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leek out before he got to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basketwas again empty. Out of breath, he said, "See grandpa, it's useless!"
"So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket."
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.
"Son, that's what happens when you read Qur'an. You might not understand or remember everything but when you read it, you will be change, inside and out. That is work of Allah in our lives"
Common brothers and sisters. Let's read Qur'an. It provides the best pathway to God.
Abdullah bin Mas'ud rad reported that the Messenger SAW said, "Whoever recites one letter from the Book of Allah then he will receive a good reward, and every good deed is rewarded with ten times its like. I do not say that Alif Laam Meem is one word but Alif is one word, Laam is one word and Meem is one word."