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07 August 2011

A Blind Old Man

A blind old man sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: 

I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat.

A boy was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind old man. That afternoon the boy who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The old man recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.

What he had written was: “Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it.

Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing?

Of course both signs told people the old man was blind. But the first sign simply said the old man was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

It is He, Who has created for you (the sense of) hearing (ears), sight (eyes), and hearts (understanding). Little thanks you give.” [Quran 23:78]
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