Islahi Khutbat – Discourses on Islamic Way Of Life – Vol 4 – Mufti Taqi Usmani
There is an event of exciting laughter, yet it contains useful morals for one endowed with intelligence.
An elderly saint of ours who is also a famous physician told us this story of a Bania who was a druggist and his son also used to help him in the business at the shop. One day the Bania was going somewhere. He asked his son to look after the business. He instructed the son as to the prices of the various drugs. The son agreed to look after the business in his father’s absence.
A little later a customer came to the shop and purchased two bottles of some syrup at the rate of one hundred Rupees per bottle. When the father returned after some time he asked his son about the sales. The son told his father about the sales including the two bottles of the syrup which he had sold for one hundred Rupees each. On hearing this the father was greatly shocked at the action of his son who had sold the two bottles of the syrup for one hundred instead of two thousand Rupees each. He scolded the son at his folly. The son too seriously felt the loss of his father and began to weep owing to the fault and besought his father to pardon him.
When the father saw that his son was very much shocked at his folly, he consoled and comforted him thus “My son, it is not necessary to worry so much, because even the amount of Rs. 100/= for which you have sold the bottle of the syrup contians an element of profit. If you had worked wisely you could have sold the bottles for Rs two thousands, each. Anyway, we are not in loss at all.
Thus we see that if a businessman does not make a profit he thinks that he is in loss. If the absence of profit is regarded as loss in the worldly business, the same principle should apply to transactions concerning Deen. That is why Imam Ghazzali RAH has said that if we spend the available moments in activities which do not bring any profit, then this really means loss. If you had so desired, you could have earned a huge profit for the Hereafter.
Mould your life on this pattern and see the result !