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Stories (3): Persistence is Power
In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful  

In the Name of Allah The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, The Lord (The One and Only) of the Worlds, and blessings and peace be upon our Master Muhammad, the Truthful and the Faithful.

Persistence is Power: 

Dear noble brothers, in an authenticated Hadith, Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:  

(A strong believer is better and dearer to Allah than a weak one…)

Strength and power comes from Persistence.

A scholar from Damascus told me once a story that I personally heard from him and did not read it anywhere. A man from Upper Egypt sent his son to Al-Azhar (Islamic famous institute). After several years, his son returned with a license and became the orator of his village. One day, this man was sitting in the Masjid listening to his son's speech, and then he wept dearly. He was 55 years old, and he was illiterate, so people thought that he wept, because he was happy for the knowledge his son had acquired, only he wept because he was sorry for the long years he wasted in his ignorance and darkness. 

He made a decision; he rode his miserable donkey starting his journey from the countryside of Egypt to Masjid Al-Azhar in Cairo. The trip took him one month, because the distance was 1000 kilometers.

When he reached Cairo he asked, "Where is Masjid Al-Aza'ar he did not even know how to pronounce the name of the Masjid correctly)? They told him, "It is called Masjid Al-Azhar", and they guided him to it.  

There, he started to learn how to read and write at the age of 55. Then, he started to learn the Noble Quran, and he kept seeking knowledge until he became the Sheikh of Al-Azhar. He died at the age of 96 as the Sheikh of Al-Azhar.  Hence, persistence is power.

I read once about one of Al-Azhar's scholars who was a knowledge seeker, and he enrolled at Al-Azhar, but he failed in the exam, so he quit the institute. One day, while he was sitting in his house, he saw an ant climbing up the wall, it fell down, so it tried again and again and he counted its 43 trials to succeed, so he was embarrassed at himself, and he went back to the institute, studied hard and became one of Al Azhar's scholars.

Power comes from persistence, Tawheed and knowledge

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