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Sand and Stone

A story tells that two friends were walking through the dessert, at a specific point of the journey, they had an argument, and one of them slapped the other one in the face. The one, who got slapped, was hurt but without anything to say he wrote in the sand: "Today, my best friend slapped me in the face."

They kept on walking until they found an oasis where they decided to take a bath. The one who got slapped and hurt started drowning and the other friend saved him. When he recovered from the fright, he wrote on a stone: "Today my best friend saved my life."

The friend who saved and slapped his best friend asked him, "Why after I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, and now you write on a stone?"

The other friend, smiling, replied: "When a friend hurts us, we should write it down in the sand, where the winds of forgiveness get in charge of erasing it away, and when something great happens, we should engrave it in the stone of the memory of the heart, where no wind can erase it."

Learn to write in the sand.

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."



The Islamic Bulletin
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December 2001
Ramadan 1422
Note from the Editor
Letters to the Editor
Islamic World News
Many in Hawaii
Turning to Islam
Surviving Our Enemy
Women in Islam
The Miracles of Zamzam
Islam is the Fastest Growing Religion
Dawah - Our Obligation
Wisdom in Islam
Stories of the Sahabah
Events Foretold
in the Quran
Math in the Quran
Letter From Mecca by Malik El-Shabazz
Why I Embraced Islam
Eating Together
The Miracle
of the Ant
Sand and Stone
Ramadan Soup
Kid's Corner
Imagine When
You Die
Eid Stamp & Poster