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The Fisherman

The Fisherman

An Investment Banker was at the Pier of a small coastal fishing village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the boat were a few large yellow fin Tuna. The Investment banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.The Fisherman replied “Only a little while.” The investment banker then asked “Why didn’t you stay longer and catch more fish?” The fishermans reply was that “With this amount I have more than enough for my families needs.” The investment banker then asked,” What do you do with the rest of your time?” The fisherman replied “Well you see, I sleep till late, fish a little,play with my children, take siesta in the afternoon, then stroll into the village markets every evening with my wife and family and spend time with them taking care of their needs, so as you can see, I have a full and busy life.”

The Investment banker scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA graduate and could help you. My advise to you is that you should spend more time fishing. You could then sell your catch and using the proceeds you could buy a bigger boat. This will enable you to hire more people and inevitabally catch more fish. Soon you could have several boats and would be the proud owner of a fleet of boats.

Then instead of selling to the middleman you would sell directly to the processor and possibly even open your own cannery. You would at this point be in full control of the product, the proccessing and also the distribution. You could then move into the city from where you would run your ever growing enterprise.” The fisherman asked ” But how long will this all take?” The investment banker replied ” I would say about 15 to 20 years max.” “But what then?” asked the fisherman. The investment banker laughed and said “thats the best part. when the time is right you would announce and IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich!, you would make millions my friend!”…. “Millions! wow then what?” asked the fisherman.

To this the Investment banker replied, “Then you would retire move to a small coastal village where you could sleep till late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta’s in the afternoon, stroll into the village markets every evening with your wife and family and spend time with them………..

Allah- Hu- Akbar, my dear brothers and sisters, I ask you to sincerely reflect on the reality of the above story. This is how we in todays day and age seem to chase ambitions and goals that along the way,more often than not, cause problems in the family enviroment, in our social circles etc, and all because of our greed to achieve great materialistic gains. By doing this we forget the rememberance of our Almighty Allah and ultimately our goal in life. If we divert the time and energy that we put into trying to gain these mundane worldly things into what we need to really do for our true investment which is the hereafter, then only will we have achieved true success.

May Allah (Subhanuwataala) give us the strength to fulfil our duties, as taught to us by the Holy Quran and through following the Sunnah (Traditions) of our beloved Rasuloolah (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wassalam) Ameen.

Your brother in Islam and servant of Allah

Mohamed Ismail.