There was a man who served his parents very well until they passed away. After their death, he saw someone in a dream telling him,
"Because you served your parents well, you will be rewarded."
The person then told him to go to a certain rock, under which he will find a hundred gold coins. He asked the person whether there will be any Barakah in the coins.
When the person told him that there would not be any, he said that he would then not take the coins.
When he told his wife about the dream the next morning, she said, "It is better for you not to take it. However, just go and have a look to see if it is there." "Not at all," he said, "If I am not taking it, Ishall not go see."
The following night he again saw the person telling him that if he did not want the hundred coins, he should go and collect ten gold coins from under the rock.
He again asked if there would be Barakah in the coins, but the person again said that there will be no Barakah in the coins. He therefore paid no attention to the instruction.
When he again told his wife, he said, "You missed out on a hundred coins, now go and grab the ten." "No," he said, "If there is no Barakah in it, I would rather not have it."
On the third night, he saw the person again, telling him he should collect one coin from under the rock. This time the person said that the coin will have Barakah.
Consequently, he collected the coin, with which he bought a fish. As his wife was cutting the fish, she found a valuable gem in the fish's stomach.
When he sold the gem in the marketplace, he received enough money to last him a lifetime. This is what is called Barakah.
The word Barakah cannot be found in the english dictionary, because of which Western people do not know what Barakah is. It is for this reason that they are never at ease.
AlhamduLillaah, it is in the lives of the people of Imaan. Allaah says:
"If the people of the lands have Imaan and fear Allaah, We will open up to them the Barakah of the skies and the earth."
Looking after our parents is Fardh (obligatory) for us because they looked after us when we were young. Because they underwent many hardships to make life easy for us, it is only right that we serve them when they are old.
Another lesson we learn from the story is that we must be patient and never rush to do things. When the man did not rush to get the hundred coins, Allaah gave him something much better.
The third lesson we learn is that we must always make du'aa for Barakah, we can have all the money in the world but it will not benefit us much and we will still never have peace of mind.
If we have Barakah in our wealth, it may be a little bit, but Allaah will grant us peace of mind with it.