Khosrau and the old lady
Buzrjamhar, the wise man of Persia, related the story of Khosrau the king and the old lady. The latter possessed a chicken and a small hut, which was situated on a small plot of land that neighbored the palace of Khosrau. One day, she had to travel to another village, and before departing she prayed, “O’ my Lord, I entrust my chicken to you.” During her absence, Khosrau usurped her property in order to expand the gardens of his palace. His army slaughtered the chicken and destroyed the cottage. When she returned and discovered the deplorable act, she turned her gaze to the sky and said, “O’ my Lord, I was absent and where were you?” Then Allah granted revenge for her. It came to pass that the son of Khosrau attacked his father with a knife and killed him.
Would that we were all like the worthier of Adam’s sons, who said to the other:
If you do stretch your hand against me to kill me, I shall never stretch my hand against you to kill you… (Qur’an 5: 28)
The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:
“Be the slave of Allah, the murdered, and not the slave of Allah, the murderer.”
The Muslim has a mission and a message that are more important than revenge, malice, and hate.