One day, Ahmad and Mohammed were playing in the garden. They were bored and didn’t know what to do. As they looked around, they spied a few millipedes [thousand legs] crawling about. Ahmad and Mohammed thought it would be such fun to play with them.
Mohammed went into the house and came back with a bucket. They carefully collected the millipedes and put them into the bucket. The millipedes curled up into circles sensing danger.
Ahmad and Mohammed were kept busy and were fascinated by their new ‘toys’. They took the bucket of millipedes into Mohammed’s house and played a little longer. When they got bored, they went up the road to Ahmad’s house, leaving behind the bucket of millipedes.
A little later Mohammed’s maid came looking for the two boys. She was angry because they had left a bucket full of millipedes in the house. These millipedes had now uncurled themselves and were crawling all over the place.
Ahmad’s mother scolded them and told them to collect all the little creatures and put them back in the garden where they belonged.
They were not to entertain themselves by troubling and frightening little creatures because Allah Ta’ala becomes displeased with those who trouble and frighten his creatures.
This story brings back some special memories of my beloved son Late Hafez Ahmad, who passed away at the tender age of 17. May Allah (SWT) fill his qabr with noor and grant him the highest stages in Jannah, Aameen.