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True Stories Website > Honesty is Better than Greed

Honesty is Better than Greed:


One day when Sultan Ibrahim Aadham Balkhi (may Allah the Almighty be pleased with him) was hunting in a thick forest, he saw an old fort. There he saw a large pile of bricks. As he pulled the bricks off the pile, he found some treasure. "I will give it to some poor man," he thought and ran out. Soon he met a poor man collecting twigs. "Come with me," he said, "I will show you a treasure that will keep you in comfort and happiness for the rest of your life."

The old woodcutter looked up slowly, and quietly replied, "O good sir! Take the treasure yourself, you have more need of it than I. I have known about the treasure since my childhood."

When he heard this, Sultan Ibrahim felt very ashamed and full of wonder at the honesty of this poor man. "This woodcutter deserves to be king instead of me, for I am only the slave of greed," he thought.

The Sultan thought a lot about this and other such things and later gave up his empire so that he, too, should lead a simple life.


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