All the people worshipped idols, the stars, the sun, and the moon. They also worshipped Namrud, the King. Thus, our Prophet Ibrahim (AS) thought of a way to guide them to worship Allah, the One and Only.
Spring came, so flowers opened, and the river was full of water.
People rejoiced at spring; they celebrated the arrival of spring, fertility, and growth.
At that time people went outside the city to hold their celebrations. They ate, danced, and played. Then they returned to the city to give gifts to their gods and fortune-tellers.
When people got ready to go outside the city, our Prophet Ibrahim (AS) did not go with them, so they asked him: "Ibrahim (AS), why do you not go with us?"
"I'm ill," replied our Prophet Ibrahim (AS).
Our Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was sad for his people, for they did not know the right path.
Our Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was different from his people, for his clothes were clean, and he cut his nails and hair.
All the people, including Namrud and the fortune-tellers, went outside the city to celebrate spring.
Our Prophet Ibrahim (AS) stayed in the city. He took an axe and went to the great temple. There were many idols in the temple. Some of them were small; some were big
There was a very big idol. People called the idol Mardukh, the God of Gods.
The temple was completely empty when our Prophet Ibrahim (AS) entered it. There was nothing inside it except idols and the bad smell of blood and meat.
Our Prophet Ibrahim (AS) looked at idols, and then he asked himself: "Why do my people worship idols that do not help them?"
The idols were motionless at their places. They did not move or speak or do anything.
Our Prophet Ibrahim (AS) asked the idols angrily: "Why don't you eat?"
There was no answer except his words that echoed in the empty temple.
Our Prophet Ibrahim (AS) wanted to destroy the idols to show the people that their idols were mere stones.
So he drew his axe and began destroying the faces of the idol gods, and then he broke the idols into pieces.
When he reached the biggest of the gods, he did not destroy it. He only hung his axe on its shoulder and left the temple.
He looked at the sky and saw white pigeons flying peacefully in the sky.
When the spring celebrations had ended, the people of Babylon came back to the city.
The dark night had covered the city, so it was time for the people to give their gods gifts.
They went to the Great Temple in a long procession carrying torches, and gifts.
The fortune-tellers led the procession.
The fortune-tellers and the people were astonished to see their gods destroyed.
The gods had been broken into pieces. All the gods had become ruins except the biggest one.
The biggest of the gods had been motionless in its place for many years. However, it now carried an axe on one of its shoulders.
No one walked towards the biggest of the gods to ask it what had happened.
The biggest of the gods was also silent as usual, for it was a mere stone.
Noise broke out when the fortune-tellers asked each other: "Who has destroyed our sacred gods?"
One of them answered: "I always hear a young man called Ibrahim (AS) mock the gods. He says that they are useless. So I think that he has broken them." Accordingly, the fortune-tellers were very angry with Ibrahim (AS).
The Merchant and the Parrot
There (once) was a merchant. And he had a parrot, imprisoned in a cage -- a beautiful parrot. (Now) when the merchant prepared for a journey (and) was about to travel to India. He spoke to each male and female slave (and asked), out of generosity, "What shall I bring (back) for you? Answer quickly!" Each one asked him for something wished, (and) that good man gave (his) promise to all.
(Then) he said to the parrot, "What present from the journey do you want, so that I may bring it to you from the region of India." The parrot answered him, "When you see the parrots there, explain my situation (and) say, "'The parrot so-and-so, who is yearning to see you, is in my prison by the decree of the heavens. "She sends you greetings of peace and wants justice, and desires a remedy and the path of right guidance.
"She said, 'Is it proper that I, in (such a state of) yearning, should give (up my) life here (and) die in separation? "'Is it right that I (should be) in (such) strict bondage, while you (are) sometimes on the green grass (and) sometimes on the trees? "'Is the faithfulness of (true) friends like this, (that) I (am) in prison and you (are) in the rose garden?' "O great ones, bring (to mind) the memory of this weeping bird, (by drinking) a dawn cup among the grassy meadows!"
Prophet Musa (AS)’s Requesthttps://www.al-islam.org/anecdotes-reflection-part-1-sayyid-ali-akbar-sadaaqat/3sincerity#5-prophet-musa’s-request
Prophet Musa (AS) once requested to God: “O’ Lord! It is my wish to see that creature of Yours who has purified himself for your worship and who is unpolluted in his obedience towards You.” He was addressed, “O’ Musa (AS)! Go near the shores of such-and-such sea in order that I may showyou what you desire to see.” Prophet Musa (AS) proceeded till he reached near the sea. Looking around, he observed that on a branch of a tree that drooped over the water, sat a bird, engrossed in the dhikr of Allah.
When Musa (AS) questioned the bird about itself, the bird said: “From the time Allah has created me, I have been on this branch, engaged in His worship and dhikr. From every dhikr of mine, there branch out a thousand other dhikr, and the pleasure which I derive from the dhikr of Allah, provides me with nourishment."
“Do you crave anything from this world?” asked Musa (AS). “Yes. I yearn to taste one drop of water from this sea,” replied the bird. Musa (AS) exclaimed, “But there does not exist a great distance between your beak and the water! Why don’t you dip your beak into it and drink it?” The bird answered, “Out of fear lest the enjoyment derived from the water should make me heedless of the pleasure of the dhikr of my Lord."
Hearing this, Prophet Musa (AS) clasped his head in intense astonishment.