The mother of Sayyiduna Imam Shaafi’i رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was a pious lady and a worshipper. People would entrust their belongings to her.
One day, two people came and entrusted a box to her and left. After a few days, one of them came and asked for the box. The mother of Imam Shaafi’i رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه gave him the box.
After a few days, the second person came and also asked for the box. The mother of Sayyiduna Imam Shaafi’i رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه told him that his companion had come and got the box. He replied, ‘Didn’t we tell you, ‘Do not give the box until both of us come.’’ Having heard this, the mother of Sayyiduna Imam Shaafi’i رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه got worried.
In the meantime, Imam Shaafi’i رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه came back home from Madrasah. At that time, he was six years old. Seeing his mother worried, he asked for the reason. His mother told him the reason for her worry. Having heard the reason he رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه said, ‘Don’t worry about it - I will reply to the person.’
He رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه said to the person, ‘If you want to get the box, come with your companion so that the box is returned to both of you.’ Having heard this reply, the person was very astonished and returned speechlessly. (Sachi Hikayaat, vol. 2, pp. 406, with reference toTazkira-tul-Awliya, pp. 192)
Dear children! From this parable of Imam Shaafi’i رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه, we have learnt that if parents are worried about something, children should help them remove their worry. اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه, your parents will be pleased with you and if your parents are pleased with you, Allah Almighty will also be pleased with you.
From this parable, we have also learnt that we should not lose hope when we face any difficulty. We should face difficulty with great courage. By the grace of Allah Almighty, even a big trouble can be removed in a short period of time.
May Allah Almighty make us obedient to our parents and make us the one who removes their worries for the sake of Imam Shaafi’i رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه!