An Imam was preparing his Friday sermon. His 4-year-old son was continuously pestering him with questions. The Imam realized that he would not get anything done at this rate.
He hatched on a plan to occupy his son. Taking a picture of a map of the world from a magazine, he cut it into pieces and handed them to his son. He told him to paste the pieces together with tape and he’d get $10 if he did it right.
Imagine his surprise when his son brought the picture back after 5 minutes, complete and correct. ‘Son, how did you do it? How do you know all the countries and seas?’ he asked. ‘What do you mean, Dad?’ the son replies, ‘I put together the picture of a person.’ The Imam looked at the reverse of the map and sure enough, there was a completed person!
The boy put together the world by putting a person in order. This is the way of attracting favourable political, economic and social situations: get ourselves in order by treading the path of Islam and the world will change in our favour.
Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change themselves. [Qur’aan]