Sunday, 3 January 2010

A Nice Story

hello respectable colleagues,
I have a short story that I want to share with you.
I hope that it can appeal to you.

The Shipwreck

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island....
He prayed feverishly for Allah to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements and to store his few possessions.0

But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger.0

"Allah, how could you do this to me!" he cried.0

0Comment; Plenty of people use such statement --- think again you should never question Allah nor object to his willing)

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

­­­­­­"How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.0

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going badly. 0
But we shouldn't lose heart, because Allah is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain

and suffering.0

Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground--it just may be a smoke signal that summons The Grace of Allah.

Pass this on. You never know who may be in need of this today.


  1. Wounderful Reham. Really Thnx so much 4 this great post. we must believe strongly in the fact that every thing from Allah is good 4 us, and we must always say (Alhamdolellah). Thnx hny.

  2. Thank you Mona for your compliment.It's you who are wonderful.

  3. Both of you are wonderful! Thanks...This story touched my heart very much...I'll tell you something very recent which reinforces the same idea. After I had the accident on the 23rd of December, I was greatly shocked and exclaimed, "Ya Allah...why me and why at this particular time in which i need both hands to continue writing and studying before I go back to Egypt?"...I really needed every single minute to prepare my course before i go2egypt. I felt with severe depression and frustration during the 1st 3-4 days in which i couldnt even rise from bed or stand without my wife's support. After that I went to my GP in the health centre who saw the x-rays which came from the hospital accroding to which a broken bone was diagnosed and which needed 8 weeks to heal...after 1 week, i could study (though still using 1 arm)gradually getting myself back into the mode of studying as i can't spend 1 day without studying at all...after all, it's a PhD! I spent much time reading rather than writing...u can't imagine how much these detailed reading opened new horizsons for me in my research inspiring me to work with all of you in this community as part of my research work...according the sickness note, i was, more than ever, totally free to study as automatically, holiday from work for 8 weeks was issued4me and so no time was lost in anything other thn supervisors considered my case and postponed any meetings with me till i feel better...i can even report this with documents to my sponsor (the egyptian cultural bureau in London) to consider this...most important of all, the weather as u might hear or see in the news is severe in England snowing most of the, being in a holiday saved me much troube if i'm obliged2go out4work as normal. i turn on the radiator (gas heating unit in the house) to provide me with warmth and study. i always think tht if i were given choice and if i went back in time, i would choose the accident (no matter how painful it was, and no matter the unpleased disabling consequences i'm still suffering from are)...Ya ALLAH...ALHAMDULLELAH...LAKA AL-HAMD WAL-SHOKR KAMA YANBAGHI LEJALALI WAJHEKA WA 3AZEEMI SOLTANIK! Mahmoud

  4. Thank you Dr. Mahmoud.
    In fact, I'm pleased that my idea could reach your hearts.You are right, each of us has a similar incident in his life. So, man should be PATIENT until the end.

    At first, I thought that this Blog is wasting our time. But now, I know how it can be useful.

  5. Hello Reham!
    Thanks for your comment...Please keep in mind that if you're practising language for REAL communication purposes, no time is wasted. Also, the things which seem to you unimportant or irrelevant today, might be the most relevant tomorrow. This is a very important lesson I've learned here in England throughout my study. 2 years ago when i was studying basic courses in educational research i was thinking of this as a waste of time since I already studied this in the special diploma courses and the master degree in Egypt. But later on, I discovered that these courses opened my mind to novice ideas related to educational research and provided me with approaches, terms, readings that I've never heard of before. What I want to say is that always one should exert effort and open dialogue with others through which learning can occur, whether directly or indirectly. I'm glad that you've reached this conclusion so quickly! Best regards. Mahmoud

  6. Really I'm so happy with reading your comments and experiences here.

    Thank u both dr. Mahmoud and Reham.

  7. In fact, I'm doing my best in order to practice the language as much as I can and to make the best use of anything to improve my ability to communicate. But I think that I'm still very poor. Sometimes I think that I do not Know anything about the English language. Really I'm suffering from this problem.

    Anyway Thanks for your advice and I will keep it in my mind Insha'a Allah.

    Also a special thanks to Mona.