It is an interesting story from the life of Sufi prophet Shahadat. He always liked to stay away from the crowd and for that, he used to roam from one place to another. But, his devotees and admirers always used to find him and follow him wherever he went.
One day the prophet went to a remote place. There he was at peace. But, just after a few days people found him and surrounded him asking for the solution to their problems. People were fighting with each other to tell their problem first.
The prophet did not like it so he began to walk away from there. The crowd stopped him and apologised to him. The prophet said, “I will stay only if you people will listen to me calmly and do whatever I tell you.” The crowd agreed.
Prophet asked for pen and paper. He gave small chits of paper to everyone and asked to write their problem on it. Everyone wrote their problems on the chits and put it in front of the prophet.
Prophet collected all the chits and filled it in a bag. Then he asked everyone to collect a random chit and said, “Exchange your current problems with the problem written on the chit. That is the only possible solution to get rid of the problems you are facing at present.”
Everyone from the crowd picked up a random chit and read it. While reading the problems in the life of others they realized that their own problems are much less worse and easy to solve than the problems in the life of others. Being scared of the problem they picked up as an exchange to their current problems, everyone asked for their own chit.
The prophet laughed at them and said, “Now if you people wish, I can pray to god to give you the problem you picked up willingly. This is how all your current problems will be solved. Accept the problem of others and your problem will be solved.” The crowd denied doing that. The prophet laughed and advised, “Then learn to face your problems rather than complaining about it and solve it on your own!”
Often when you see someone without hands, you stop complaining about not having a watch. When we see the problems of others, we realize ours are very small compared to theirs.
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