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Published on February 18th, 2019 | by Eaalim Institute | Views: 228

The Story of A Father and A Crow | illustrated | Nouman Ali Khan | Nasheed Version


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My teacher told me a story one time of a man who was walking with his son in [the] park

and they’re walking together and

The son looked at a crow [and] [a] tree

And he said baba, what’s that? It’s like two year old kid

Baba said it’s a crow

he said

Baba, What’s that?

It’s a crow

Okay, baba. What’s that?

It’s a crow [oh]

Crow what’s that? It’s a crow it went on for 30 minutes. He asked me 30 times he counted

That kept a score and you put it in his little journal my son today

We were walking in the park asked me about a crow thirty times. It was the cutest thing in the world

Thirty years go by the son is not 2 the son is 32

Son fall father calls him son can I come over?

Dad it’s not a good time right now, son just bear with me. I just need that 10 to 15 minutes

That’s all I need just go for a drive. [I] need to talk to you about something um

whatever, you know what okay fine, so

He comes over gets in the car and [go] over drive over to a park

What’s this about dad can you tell me quickly I got things to do. Let’s take a walk with me. Son. It’s okay

Take a walk

See your crow in a tree

The Dad says son. What’s that?

Seriously father. It’s a crow



What’s that?

Is this a game ?

I have things to do okay. It’s a crow it’s a you can’t see. I just got you new glasses last month

How is this? Why is this happening to me? Dad why are you so difficult? I don’t understand what the problem is

Just tell me what you really want

I’m busy, okay

The Dad pulls out his journal

This, son

This is something that happened 30 years ago. We were walking down this part

You saw a crow

And you asked me 30 times and I gave you a smile every time

You couldn’t handle twice

What are we giving our parents?

I’m not even bringing Allah into the picture

The fact that Allah mentioned himself and then mentioned parents is

You think about that?

What have they done for us and what have we done [for] them?

What have we done for them?

how many parents Li-like their children are in ICU’s and

They stand there and hover over this little glass box with a baby inside

24 hours a day 7 [days] a week standing in a hospital not even sitting down standing in a hospital

like eating off feeding off of like vending machines and

That same kid grows up and doesn’t have the time to call

That same kid

You know how many mother’s almost died giving birth?

Almost died giving birth and now it’s so difficult to respond to her call

Or to just give her a just a couple of minutes a day

Just let her feel a little important

Now how unfair that is that you were the most important thing to them and [you’re] they are so insignificant to you

How unfair that is?

You know they carry that pain with them every day that I am nothing to my my children

I mean nothing’s that worthless to them

You know they have no time [for] me

When something is worth something to you it gets your time

Most of you at this age [you] want to just get away from your parents?

You just want to be with your friends you want to be all on your own you just don’t want to be with your parents

you know

That’s you you develop this crooked habit now, and it will only get worse over time

[our] parents

have very very very

strong emotions

They’re very protective of us

For them you won’t know this until you become a parent for them. It doesn’t matter when you turn 60. You’re still their baby

They still they still remember changing your diaper?

They still remember feeding you milk they still remember burping you and cleaning up after you you know peed in the backseat

They still remember that you don’t remember that they remember that?

My son won’t remember that

I gotta go I gotta go then all of a sudden. He stops complaining and like oh

Time to Roll down the windows

you know

They start I buy what toy are we gonna get for either like oh, okay? This has not been a good day for the car

But what he’s graduating college, and one day one day is getting married and one day. He has his own kids. He is not gonna remember that

But guess we’ll never forget

I’ll never forget

I’ll never forget carrying him into a bathroom cleaning him up changing his clothes

Babba put the Spider-Man pajamas on

He won’t remember. He won’t remember any of that. I will I will and that same kid. He’s talking back to me one [day]

When he’s telling me dad, I just don’t understand you okay. I don’t have time [right] now

He does it’s Gonna Hurt man

That’s Gonna hurt

That’s what you do to your parents. That’s what I do to my parents

They were our life

They were they give up their life for us our parents give up careers for us our parents gave up vacations for us our parents

Gave up friends for us. You know that?

I know that now. I didn’t know that then

They had an entire life planned until you came along, and then you became their plan you became everything and


have the nerve

One thing doesn’t go your way you hear one thing you don’t want to hear you snap back

It says we’re not even talking about Islam, right?

We’re just talking about decency man. Just decency what what have they done for you and what you give them back is so unfair

It is so unfair

My dad’s so annoying my mom so this there so they are always mad. They’re never happy. They are this, they are that. What are you? What about you?

[I’m] telling [you]. I can’t say this enough times if you don’t earn your parents doas nothing. Nothing good will come of your life

Nothing. Good will come of your life. If they’re not happy

if you haven’t done everything you can to [make] them happy

And never give that you haven’t in all honesty sometimes parents can be unfair it’s they’re human beings they can be unfair too

But if you have never you unless you have given them reason to be upset

If you’ve never given them a reason to be upset then that’s between them and allah

But if you have given them a reason you have to ask yourself
It’s bad. It’s really really bad

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