Once a king had a dream wherein he observed a very large tray containing many varieties, of flowers in many shapes and sires. Suddenly a knife appeared from above and cut these flowers; it destroyed both large and small flowers.
At this point the king awoke and began to ponder upon the meaning of this strange dream. He related it to his Court Mu'abbirs (interpreters) but they all dismissed it as a product of his mind's imagination,
Unconvinced and worried, the king ordered that no cooking would take place in the kingdom until this dream was interpreted!
Coincidentally, a soldier returned home on leave, and asked for food. His mother replied, "Dear, there has been no food cooked for three days. It is the king's command. Police patrols are going around, any sign of cooking smoke and we will be instantly arrested!"
Her son replied, "Well I do not care what great dream the king is supposed to have seen, I am starving, please cook me a meal If the smoke gets noticed and the king summons me, we shall go there and see what happens."
Accordingly, the mother lit her stove and began cooking. Noticing smoke arising from the chimney, the royal spies arrived and arrested the soldier and took him into the king's presence who asked, "Why did you commit this disobedience?"
The soldier replied,"i am starving, anyway please relate your dream." The king descri bed his dream.
"Allow me to eat and a three day grace period... if by then I do not bring an interpretation you may punish me with each." com men ted the soldier and the king readily agreed.
After having eaten, the soldier mounted his horse and roamed from city to city, town-to-town in trying to find an interpretation... but to no avail,
Fatigued, he stopped at a small hamlet to request a drink of water from a young maiden spinning cloth in her porch. The pious, veiled lady brought a pitcher of water and left it by the gateway. Puzzled, the soldier dismounted and drank the water. Then he asked, "Madam you appear to be alone, where is your mother?"
The young lady answered from inside her porch, "My mother has gone to deliver two from one!"
Dumbfounded, the soldier thought, "Oh great! As if one dream to interpret wasn't enough... what does she mean by delivering two from one' Thereafter he asked, "Well, where is your father?"
The young lady replied, "My father has gone to enjoin clay with clay."
Just then the father appeared and the soldier commented, Tour daughter is amazing, 1 asked her two simple questions and she gave such strange replies!"
Father: What did she say?
Soldier: Well, first I asked her for a drink of water and she left some at the gateway.
Father; My daughter is shy and very modest. How could she possibly hand something to a stranger?
Soldier: Secondly, I asked her, "Where is your mother T She replied, "She has gone to deliver two from one!"
Father: Yes, my wifeis a midwife, she was called to deliver a baby, and this is what she me am by delivering two from one!
At this point, the soldier began to think, "Hold on t wc appear to have something very special here."
Soldier: Thereafter, I asked her about you and she replied, "My father has gone to enjoin clay with clay,"
Father: A local has passed away and I had gone to attend his funeral, anyhow who arc you and where have you come from?
The soldier related his whole predicament of interpreting the king's dream within 3 days or to face the death penalty, and the king's command forbidding any cooking in the kingdom.
Addressing his daughter, the father asked, li Dear, did you hear the dream?'
"Yes father heard."
"Well, what do you say?"
"It is :he king's dream. I wish to hear it directly from him before giving the interpretation'
Accordingly, all three left for the kind's palace...
Soldier asked the king, 'Tour Majesty, the girl who is to interpret your dream has arrived, please give a command allowing all your subjects to cook,.. should you find the meaning not to your liking, your majesty is king and may do as he wishes!"
A royal proclamation was given allowing people to cook again, Thereafter, when all had eaten, the young lady arrived and from behind a screen listened to the king's dream and then commented.
"The interpretation of this dream is as follows. The tray refers to earth, whilst its covering is the Heavens, the flowers therein arc people and the knife represents death.. .which travels upon earth; "cutting" some people in young age whilst others in. later life. Some die in childhood, others in their teens, middle and old age. This knife keeps appearing and taking the souls of creation. Herein Allah Ta'ala is warning you that it is not wise for Insaan (mail) to remain ignorant of death, he cause it may appear at any time in life. These are the meanings of the tray, flowers and knife!
The king was overjoyed on hearing this interpretation and showered gifts as a sign of his appreciation. Now dear kids! We all should take heed of the king's dream and be ready for all sorts of situation by keeping our hands clean. Yes, we should wash our hands and also keep our hands clean off sins and misdeeds. If Allah Ta'ala is happy with us the knife of death will cause us no harm but only good, but if it Ls otherwise the knife will treat us terribly,
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