A thankful princess


Story by Anonymous

O! The lonely nights whisper across the seas singing along the wind to wake up the sands in the desert welcoming an untold story that has never been said before. In the land of Basra lived a beautiful Princess. Her face lighted in the darkness…like the reflection of the moon. She was blessed with more beauty in her heart. For her heart was as gentle as a rose petal. The most dearest thing to her was her imaan. When her mother passed the knowledge of the Qur’an and the Sunnah to her, she did her very best to safeguard her imaan.

She never let her wishes come in the way of her being closer to Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. Every day she would preach the women in her Kingdom about Islam. Her wisdom was excellent and she was well mannered. During the day she would busy herself in worship and carrying her duties in the kingdom by helping people. At night, she would pray Tahajjud and make lots of Du’a to Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala asking Him for a righteous husband.

One day her father, the King called Noor (The Princess) to his Chamber. He gave her a beautiful bracelet as a gift. It was very unique bracelet carefully carved with the finest emeralds, rubies and diamonds. The Princess accepted the gift and thanked Allah Subhana Wa ta’ala. However she didn’t thank him. The King became very upset and furious about this. He waited for her words of gratitude but the Princess never said anything else.
Next day, a handsome young man named Zaid approached the King asking for the hand of his daughter in marriage. The King asked him as to who he was and what his profession was. Zaid calmly replied in a respectful manner that he is no prince. He is the humble slave of Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. He earns his living with whatever Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala has provided him with. The King listened curiously and something came to his mind. When his daughter didn’t thank him, he knew that although she had sound Islamic knowledge like her mother. She still had a lot to learn and act upon her understanding of the religion. The King felt that if he were to give her daughter in marriage to this young man who is not a prince would teach her a lesson. She would then become more humble and strive to learn more about the deen. The King immediately called for his daughter, Noor and asked for her consent about the marriage proposal. Princess Noor appeared before Zaid for the first time and said she will marry someone who would answer her two questions. Zaid said he would answer them with Allah’s help.
The Princess asked, “How can one person live his life as La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammad-ur-Rasul Allah”?
Zaid asked her for the second question. The Princess smiled and asked, “What is the distance between a person’s life and death?”
Zaid said, “Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem. I praise Allah The Most High, The Most Merciful. May Allah’s peace and blessings upon Allah’s Messenger (Sall Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam). The answer to your question is when a person lives his life according to the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Then his life will be upon “La Ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammad-ur-Rasul Allah”. As for your second question, “The answer is that the distance between a person’s life and death is from the Adhan till the Prayer. When a person is born, we say the Adhan in his ears and when he dies, we pray the Janazah prayer.
The Princess feels shy and takes her leave. The King becomes very happy with the answers of Zaid and agrees to wed the princess with Zaid. Zaid requests the King for an Islamic wedding and the King agrees.
After the marriage ceremony, Zaid takes the Princess outside. The Princess awaits for a carriage but instead finds a horse that Zaid brings in front of her. Noor doesn’t say anything but gets confused. Zaid and Noor ride the horse together. It was indeed a long journey for Noor away from the palace for the first time. She enjoys Zaid’s company and his random jokes make her laugh. They both stop next to a pond and make wudhu. Zaid leads Princess Noor in Salat. Upon dawn, they reach their new home. A small house appears before Princess Noor. She becomes speechless as she was not accustomed to living in a small house. She felt her room was larger than the house in front of her. Despite of everything, Noor never says a word to her husband. He makes her rest and walks out of the house. Noor tries to go to sleep but the straw bed makes her feel very uncomfortable. However because of the tiresome journey, she falls asleep.
The next day, Noor wakes up and cooks food for herself and Zaid. There were two slices of bread and a she fries some eggs. Noor was not used to eating this kind of food. The food in the palace has every variety. Still she doesn’t say a word. Zaid and Noor thank Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala for the food. After this, Zaid decides to go on a journey to earn some money. He gives Noor few coins and leaves right away. After a few days, an old woman appears at the door of Noor’s new home. The old woman asks for some food. Noor immediately brings the food that she had in her home and gives it to the old woman. The old woman then asks for her money and Noor gives her everything she has with happiness. The old woman thanks Noor and leaves.

Noor then thinks about the old woman and how she thanked her. Then Noor remembers her father to whom she didn’t thank. Noor begins to cry and sends a letter to Zaid saying she would visit her father for a few days. Zaid asks her to send his salams to her father.

Noor then arrives at the Palace and meets her father. She asks for his pardon and tells him that she has always been thankful to him but never said it to him. The King becomes very happy and forgives her. Noor then comes home finding Zaid sleeping on the bed. She doesn’t wake him up and prepares a meal for him. Then she tells him about her journey to the palace. Noor thanks Zaid as well for taking care of her and for the hard work he does every day.
Zaid tells her a beautiful Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (Sal Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam):

“He does not thank Allah who does not thank people.” (Bukhari in Al-Adab al-Mufrad, 1/310).

A year passes by and Zaid calls for a carriage for the first time and takes Noor outside. After a day, they reach a beautiful house. Zaid tells her that it is their home. Noor becomes surprised to see such a lovely home and that it belongs to Zaid. Zaid tells her that for one year he kept her in hardships with her father’s knowledge in order to test how much her Islamic knowledge had benefitted her. Zaid tells her, in that one year no matter what happened, Noor never complained to him and always thanked him for everything. Zaid also tells her that the old woman whom she treated her with kindness was his mother. “From this day on, you will not have to do anything or any hard work!”, exclaims Zaid. He kisses her forehead and they live happily together.