This is a beautiful story.
An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentuckywith his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at thekitchen table reading his Quran. His grandson wanted to be just likehim and tried to imitate him in every way he could.
One day the grandson asked, 'Grandpa! I try to read the Quran just likeyou but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soonas I close the book. What good does reading the Qur'an do?'
The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied,'Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket ofwater.'
The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he gotback to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, 'You'll have to movea little faster next time,' and sent him back to the river with the basketto try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was emptybefore he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that itwas impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucketinstead.
The old man said, 'I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water.You're just not trying hard enough,' and he went out the door to watchthe boy try again.
At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show hisgrandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leakout before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket intoriver and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basketwas again empty. Out of breath, he said, 'See Grandpa, it's useless!'
'So you think it is useless?' The old man said, 'Look at the basket.'
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.
'Son, that's what happens when you read the Qur'an. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out.
That is the work of Allah in our lives.'