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    The Lion, Mice, Snake & Honeycomb

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    Imam Ghazali tells a story of a man walking in the jungle. A roaring lion ran towards him and the man ran as fast as he could to escape from it. He noticed a well in front of him and he jumped inside hoping to escape from the lion.

    As he was falling inside the well, he grabbed onto the rope and saved himself. The man was so relieved but when he looked down he saw a big snake at the bottom of the well. It had its jaws wide open ready to swallow him up.

    The man then looked up and saw two mice nibbling at the rope. A black mouse and a white were both chewing into the rope. The scary lion was still prowling outside the well.

    The man's heart was pounding as he wondered how he could escape from this. Then he noticed a honeycomb in front of him which had delicious honey dripping from it. He stuck his finger into the honey and put it inside his mouth. It was delicious and for a moment he forgot about the lion, the snake and the two mice chewing at the rope.

    Imam Ghazali explained that the lion is like the angel of death which is always looming above us. The snake was like his grave which all humans will face. The black mouse and white mouse were like the day and night which is always nibbling at our life (the rope). The honey was like this dunya and with its sweetness makes us forget the purpose of our life and the reality of death.

    Last edited by Insaanah; 11-16-2012 at 11:04 PM. Reason: Removed link as story is widely available on many sites, though no name of the book it's derived from is given on the sites.
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    Re: The Lion, Mice, Snake & Honeycomb

    JazakAllah khayr for sharing
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    Allah made everyone different thats what makes them special,so no matter what ppl say just remember you're SPECIAL!!
    "You are with the one you love"
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    Re: The Lion, Mice, Snake & Honeycomb

    i dont understand the purpose of the story.

    i get the analogy of life.

    but it does not show the purpose of life within the analogy.



    i mean most people dont even fear death for themselves.

    and most honey is accompanied by bee's.

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    Re: The Lion, Mice, Snake & Honeycomb

    very heart touching and good explanation with reference to these exampkes . ma-shaa-Allah
    May ALlah bless all of us with hidayat
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    Re: The Lion, Mice, Snake & Honeycomb

    Assalamu Alaikum

    Quote Originally Posted by M.I.A. View Post
    i dont understand the purpose of the story.

    i get the analogy of life.

    but it does not show the purpose of life within the analogy.



    i mean most people dont even fear death for themselves.

    and most honey is accompanied by bee's.
    This is the version I've read:

    Once upon a time there was a man in the jungle enjoying a nice day watching the equatorial lush green foliage and the exotic animal life. Suddenly, the man heard the movement of a lion behind him and so ran for his life. But the man couldn’t escape and came face to face with the lion. As he was thinking quickly of another way to escape, he saw a deep well to his right. His options were narrowed between drowning in the well and being chewed by the hungry lion.

    The man decided to jump into the well, hoisting himself with a rope tied to the top of the well for drawing water. As he reached the bottom of the well, the man saw a huge man-eating snake taking a nap at the bottom; the man pulled himself up in the middle of the well, suspended between a hungry lion on the top and a sleeping snake at the bottom.

    Meanwhile, the man noticed that two mice, one black and one white, were chewing the rope he was hanging on, making it thinner and thinner. The man began to swing with the rope hitting the sides of the walls of the well periodically. Suddenly he felt something sticky on his shoulder. As he examined what it was, he found that it was honey. Upon looking around the well he noticed a bee colony on the wall of the well.

    The man forgot the dangerous situation he was involved in and started licking the honey to his satisfaction. He suddenly remembered where he was and jumped out of bed. The man was dreaming all along. The man went to a Sheikh to interpret his dream. The Sheikh laughed and asked him: “You do not understand this dream?" The man replied "Yes sir, I do not."

    The Sheikh said "The lion that was chasing you is the Angel of Death. The well which housed the snake is your grave. The rope in the well that you were hanging on is your lifetime ticking away. The rodents chewing your rope, the black and the white mice are the day and the night. The man asks "The honey, Sir, What is the honey?" The Sheikh replied “The honey is the life of this world and its temptations which made you forget that there was death behind you and a grave ahead of you. You end up in the grave while savoring the taste of the honey until you find yourself standing trial for your deeds in a Court of Law of the most Just kind.

    The above narration was just intended to remind us that we are also busy licking the honey (lost in the temptations of this world) while our life time is ticking away. Some day (sooner or later) we will also face the Angel of Death and will be carried to our grave!

    Say: "Verily, the death from which you flee will surely meet you, then you will be sent back to (Allah), the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen, and He will tell you what you used to do." {Surat Al-Jumu`ah, Verse 8}
    Basically, time is chasing us, the angel of death is behind us, and we are busy playing around in this dunyaa rather than preparing to meet our Lord.
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    D e a t h

    is the easiest
    of all things after it
    ; ;

    the hardest
    of all things before it

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    Re: The Lion, Mice, Snake & Honeycomb

    Well its nice to have known that I met the lion in good conduct and with manners.


    :|

    While he wrote tomorrow for himself.


    The jungle book it ain't.

    Car story time..

    I went to the petrol station and the man behind the counter recommended me to listen to a ?shiek? Named Tariq jameel..

    So I did and he was sat in front of people telling them about what this world costs and how people live and die.

    And its a different perspective of it although true just the same.

    I wouldn't want any part of it but mana from heaven is something I have no knowledge of.


    ...it's actually the petrol station and not any sort of wierd analogy.
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