By Qasim Ali Shah – Well-renowned teacher, inspirational speaker and leader, a success coach and a practical educationist of Pakistan.
A successful tycoon, also an inspiration for me, told me his story. For the benefit of all, I am sharing it here with his permission.
In 1988, I used to work for a trader on a monthly salary of Rs. 1500. My employer was a prosperous merchant from Bhooraywallah. Once, before Eid, an old man came to visit his office near closing time. I took the hint from my employer’s attitude that he was reluctant to meet this old man. Just to pass time, I started a conversation. “Where do you come from?” I asked casually, and the old man gave a detailed answer: “I was a postman in your employer’s hometown, and I am in severe need of help, as my son has been wrongly convicted. Eid is close and we have no money for his bail.” I was earning only Rs. 1500, but the man’s condition melted my heart.
At that moment, my boss called me in his office and asked me to get rid of the old man. My heart was broken to see the old man’s situation. Poor man needed help according to his status, which was nothing as compared to my employer’s high stature. Reluctantly, I followed my boss’s orders and arranged for my boss to leave the building without telling the old man. When I told him that the boss is gone for Iftar, the poor old man was filled with sorrow and disappointment, as he had travelled a long distance, hoping to find a little bit of help.
What I did was that I took the old man for Iftar to my one room apartment in Ichra, Lahore, which I had rented for my family. As soon as we entered, both my toddlers, Junaid and Waleed rushed with wide open arms to greet us. I told them: “Leave your father – look, your grandfather has come to meet us today.” Both kids hugged the old postman with the same zeal and enthusiasm. I told them to arrange for Iftar for their grandfather. When they turned towards the kitchen, I turned around to see the old man, who was in Sajdah on the bare floor, crying and praying to Allah (swt): “Ya Allah, bless this man and his family.”
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