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Several years ago a
Sheik recounted what happened to him after he had moved to
 London. He often took the bus from his home to the
downtown area. Some weeks after he arrived, he had the occasion to ride the same
bus. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him
a twenty pence ('tuppence') too much change. As he considered what to do, he
thought to himself, you better give the twenty pence back. It would be wrong to
keep it. Then he thought, "Oh, forget it, its only tuppence. Who would worry
about this little amount? Anyway the bus company already gets too much fare;
they will never miss it." Just than the verse of the Qur'an flashed through his
mind like a lightning… "O you who believe! Fear Allah and be
with those who are truthful."
(Qur'an-9:119). When his stop came, the Sheik
paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the twenty pence back to the
driver and said, "Here, you gave me too much change". The driver with a smile,
replied," Aren't you the new Imam in this area? I have been thinking lately
about accepting Islam and going to worship at your Mosque. I just wanted to see
what you would do, if I gave you too much change." When the Sheik stepped off
the bus, his knees became weak and soft, he had to grab the nearest light pole
and held on for support, and looked up to the heavens and cried, "Oh Allah, I
almost sold You and Islam for twenty pence!"


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