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Champion of Fools.

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Once a king gave a very strange order that all the Fools from across the country be gathered in his court and the biggest fool amongst all would be awarded a prize. Driven by the greed for prize, hundreds of Fools gathered in the court of king. The king got different competition of foolishness organised among them. The one who won in the final round was declared to be 'the biggest fool '. The king took off his own valuable and precious royal necklace and handed them over to the winner. Having received high privilege and a lot of valuables as a prize, the biggest fool returned home happily. Sometime later, the king fell severely ill and was confined to his bed. Having heard about king's sever illness, the biggest fool also visited the sick king with the intention to see him. Though king was on bed rest, the biggest fool was allowed to meet the king.

The biggest fool humbly asked : 'How are you' ? King replied : What can be the condition of that poor man who is leaving for a journey from where there is no return?

Surprised, the fool humbly asked : 'So, will you not return from there ? The king answered helplessly, 'Yes this is true '. The fool humbly asked another question : 'So, you must have built a huge place and gardens. Royal maids and slaves for your service will already be waiting for you there ! Upon this, the king broke into tears and hardly answered, 'No ! I have not sent anything there.' The fool humbly asked : 'How is this possible ? You are a wise and sane person. You must have made some preparation.'

Sighing, king said : 'No, No ! I have not made any preparation regarding it.' After this short meeting, when the fool was about to leave, he turned back, took off his necklace and put it around king's neck saying : 'Now you deserve this more than me.'

When an honorable teacher completed this motivational 'fictional story', now students were waiting to seek the pieces of advice.

After a while, teacher got up and drew five lines on the board and wrote numbers ahead of each row : 1.... 2..... 3... 4.... 5.....

Student's interest was worth-watching. The honourable teacher started speaking, in the light of Holy Quran and blessed Hadees, human life can be divided briefly into five stages:

1) Aalam-e-Arwah (the world of spirits) : The place where our Creator made us testify that Allah Almighty is our 'Rab'. It is mentioned in Surah Al-Araaf,.... 'Am I not your Lord?, They all said, Why not? (Part 9, surah Al-Araaf, Ayah 172)

2) World : The place where we are born and we will depart after spending an appointed lifespan.

3) Alam-e-Barzakh : Barzak is the period between a person's death and the Day of Resurrection.

4) Day of Resurrection : When we will be raised from our graves and our good and bad deeds will be taken into account in the plain of Resurrection.

5) After the plains of Resurrection, we will be sent to Paradise or Hell.

Thereafter, the honourable teacher explained : 'We have already passed through our first stage and are going through the second stage on this earth whereas three stages are yet to go. This is also a point to ponder that only the world is Darul Amal (a place for practice) out of five stages. Impact of this stage exerts on other three stages 'Barzakh,' 'Plains of Day of Resurrection' and 'Entering into Paradise or Hell.

Dear Islamic brothers and sisters! Now ponder over ! Are we also overpowered by negligence like the king ? Do we not only focus on attaining just worldly benefits and refraining from worldly losses ? In fact there is a world of difference between the world and the Hereafter. Example of the world and the Hereafter is like an ocean and a tiny droplet of water.

The Holy Prophet Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam has said : 'By Allah ! Dunya is so insignificant compared to the Hereafter like anyone dips his this finger in the sea and he sees what amount of water has stuck to that finger. (Muslim, pp.1529, Hadees 2858)