Friday, June 6, 2008

The Wasp and the Baby Bird, a true Sufi story




Many times in my life I have found sad little birds and have stopped to leave little bread crumbs or seed for them, in hopes their lives will be made a little easier by my gesture. However, sometimes, I've found the condition of the poor bird is such that I haven't known how to help the creature. Here is a story, a true one, of an incredible little insect that did all he possibly could to help a baby bird:
This is from an amazing blog you'll want to check out that I found at: http://mysticsaint.blogspot.com/

Sidi was about thirteen years old and it was harvest time in the village where he went to visit his relatives. everywhere people were harvesting the grains, chafing the wheat etc.at one point a wasp came to his attention. it was picking up a single wheat grain each time in its mouth and flew back. after a while it came back again to pick another grain and flew.

When Sidi saw it happening for the third time, it came to him, "there's a story behind what this wasp was doing". so he decided to catch this wasp without doing it any harm.with all the enthusiasms of a teenage boy, thanks to a little box and very thin thread he caught the wasp. then tied the thin thread to one of its leg and let it go.interestingly, without delay it came back and picked up another grain in its mouth and flew away. now following the thread curious Sidi tracked the wasp as it started its return journey. after it flew about two hundred yards, it hovered close to ground and made a sound. from distance there Sidi saw a little nest on the ground, then heard the voice of a bird and it was opening its beak.
going down, the wasp dropped the grain into the opened beak of the bird. Sidi went close to the nest and took this bird in his hand only to find that this bird had no legs and it was blind.Sidi told afterwards that the whole chain of events was a great surprise to him and left a significant impact in his heart.
Sidi mentions that this story gives us a way and gives to all people a certain understanding how Love and Mercy should be expressed. this story is a teaching from Allah about deep love and true mercy that each human being aspires to. This story also tells the depth of love go beyond the human being and are also experienced amongst other creatures of Allah, like birds and insects.Behold! Allah is not ashamed to propound the parable of a gnat or even of something more simpler. (Qur’an 2:26)
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2 comments:

Kate said...

I love this story - I think it's wonderful.

MysticSaint said...

thanks so much dear one for sharing this story.

peace and blessings to you!

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