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Sunday, October 09, 2011

The Consequences Of Greed

There was a large pond in which there lived many fish. There was also a crab living in this pond. All the fish respected the crab very much and would always ask him for advice before doing anything.

It so happend once that because of the intense heat and no rain, the pond was starting to dry up. The fish were very worried and decided to see the crab for a solution, the crab was however just as worried as them and could offer no solution.

A crane then came flying by and spoke to the crab saying, "I have heard that some fishermen are coming here tommorrow with a net to catch all the fish."

This made the crab even more worried and when he informed the fish about it, they all started to cry. There is a lake nearby here and if you want, I could take all of you there one-by-one.

Thie fish agredd to the idea and the crane started to take them all in turn. However, instead of taking them to the lake, he took them to a quiet spot and ate them all.

When eventually he came for the crab, the crab had already understood what he had done. The crab therefore grabbed hold of the crane's beak and as hard as he tried, the crane could not break free. He finally died like that.

The lesson we learn here is that the consequences of greed and deceiving others lead to a situation like the crane found himself in. Geedy and cunning people always find themselves in trouble.

We must therefore be thankful to Allaah for whatever He gives us and never look at what others have. When someone is greedy for what others have, he soon involves himself in deception or some other evil to get what he wants.

For example, When some elder is giving out sweets or chocolate, we must never hide ours away and collect more or lie to them saying we did not receive any.


Doing such things is very wrong and although it seems small, it is a very serious sin in the sight of Allaah. Another evil of this is that it leads to more lies and deceiving, which eventually becomes a habit which one cannot stop. May Allaah save us all from this. Aameen.


  1. assalamu alaikum.

    very good lesson in this story sister.inspiring as well.
    jazakallah khair.

  2. Assalamualaikum

    Thanks for dropped your comment in my blog.
    Btw, nice blog :)

    May Him bless and assist us on His way.
    "Be a better Muslims." (Shout it loud) :)

  3. Assalamu alaikum warahmatulahi wabarakatuhu,

    Forgive me for late response.

    @truth - Walaikum asalam, im a brother, barakAllah feek.

    @syeQ Ibra - Walaikum asalam, Aameen.