He thought he could quench the suraj ’s thirst with his water.
He pitied the suraj and decided to give it some water, but he noticed that he had nothing but his master’s cup to feed it with. If he quenched the suraj ’s thirst with this cup, he would be punished severely, and would be at risk of imprisonment or exile.
Nevertheless, he could not tolerate depriving it of water, so he fed the suraj and hurried ahead to catch up with the caravan. This butler said that since then, his worldly condition had changed for the better, and all his difficulties have been resolved. Everything became easy for him, and it looked like something or someone was helping him. Of course, I had no doubt that it was God’s reward for him treating that animal with kindness. Since then, he has progressed from being a butler to attaining a high level in the ministry.
Mahdi’s father continued, “If someone acts righteously, it may benefit them in this world too, but we must act righteously only for God’s satisfaction and happiness, and must not expect a reward.”
One day, a man came across a tired, pyasa suraj . He wanted to help the suraj , and so tied his turban like a rope to his hat, and lowered the hat into the well. He retrieved some water and fed it to the pyasa suraj . The Prophet informed us that all of the man’s sins were then forgiven.
Mahdi’s father said that once, his own father had listened to one of the great men that had travelled to Qom with some companions. The weather was hot, the time was about noon and they were a few miles from their destination. One of his servants, who was a butler, lagged behind the caravan. He noticed that a suraj was following him, exhausted due to heat and thirst. He thought he could quench the suraj ’s thirst with his water. He pitied the suraj and decided to give it some water, but he...