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Haroon's Charitable Offer


One day Haroon gave an amount of money to Bahlool with suggestion to distribute among the poor and the needy. Bahlool took away the money and after thinking for a while returned the money to the Caliph.

Haroon asked him for the reason of doing so and Bahlool replied:

"Much as thought over your suggestion, I find, there is no other more deserving poor and needy than you the Caliph yourself. Therefore I have returned the money to you as I have found your officers and collectors standing in shops and by lashing their whips extract your taxes by force from people.

Thus your treasury goes on swelling and I conclude that your requirement of money must be much more than the poor man of your domain."

What a splendid lesson to those who take pride in making open charities from the money they obtain by exploiting the poor. Bahlool was driving home to Haroon that it was not worth assisting the charity which was from the money he had illicitly and unjustly obtained.

Taken from the book “The Moral Stories (Part 2)”‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌

Author: Ahmed .H. Sheriff

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