On a trip to the local supermarket, a Muslim family, who are on holiday to the UK from Hong Kong, took their 5 years old son with them.
As they went out of their car and were about to enter the supermarket, the boy’s eyes became fixtated on a homeless man sitting just outside the entrance in the car park. He went close to the man as the parents looked on to see what their son was looking to do.
He smiled at the man to which the homeless man smiled back at him. The boy kneeled forward to see something and then came rushing back to the parents saying:
Mummy, have you got some coins please, I want to give to the man.
The mother took out some coins and handed to him. The little man rushed back to the homeless man, kneeled over and put the coins in his hand.
The homeless man said thank you and smiled at him. He then looked at the father who was also smiling at the man and said:
You have a really sweet boy.
The father thanked the homeless man and patted his son on the head for the heartwarming deed. He then asked his son why he wanted to give the money. The boy replied:
Because he was an old man and he had his hand out asking for money but he didn’t have any.
I like to give money to old people.
The father then asked him how did it make him feel and again pushed if there was any other reason for helping the poor man. The little champ replied:
I felt happy and also because I want to make Allah happy.
The father hugged his son and told him he did a great job. The boy went around cheerfully in the supermarket knowing his parents are happy with him too.
The father got inspired by his son and thought of buying some loafs of bread for the man. He bought them and went out to give them, but the homeless man had gone from his place.
What he did learn from this experience is the importance of instilling good values into the children from a very young age so that they can continue it for the rest of their lives by the will of Allah.