Islamic Stories

TaleTown stories on Islam, Islamic belief & practice, Sufi and Muslim culture, retold tales with Islamic quotes from Holy Quran, Islamic philosophy & Sufism

  • Old Man and the Donkey...Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 02.

    Alibaba stole from thieves. Is stealing from thieves wrong?

    Beliefs are dangerous, yet useful. Why?

  • Gold Mohur Coin, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, 1889Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 05

    With slave-girl Marjina, Alibaba plans full Islamic burial rites for Qasim, but how to avoid suspicion?

  • Funeral processionRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 07.

    Alibaba observes Qasim's full mourning rituals. But why wash a dead body if you bury or burn it anyway?

  • (animated stereo) Bedouin (?) camp, Sinai (circa 1920)Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 11

    Captain of the thieves identifies Alibaba’s house & returns to hatch a deadly plan.

    Death comes knocking...

  • Sekapan Piit Feet, Sarawak, BorneoRetold Arabian Nights tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 19

    Alibaba gratefully gifts Marjina her freedom, and sets about disposing the 37 corpses quickly & quietly.

     

  • AntiqueRetold Arabian Nights tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 22

    Impostor Khwaja Hasan comes to Alibaba's party but won't eat their salt.

    Like Marjina, Josh wonders why?

  • Photographers expand horizons in 2010 Army Digital Photography Contest 110311"Subhaan Allah!" Hasan murmured in appreciation, despite his restraint.

    She moved closer to him.

    'Swish, swish,' her sword moved around him, as she hovered over Hasan.

  • Statue de Diderot“Master the Diderot Effect”, Rosh said simply, “Diderot’s story had a lesson. That poverty has its freedoms; opulence has its obstacles.”

    “Hundreds of years before Diderot, Kabir preached the same message. That less is more. Be happy as you are. मन लागो मेरो यार फकीरी में (mann laago mero yaar fakiri mein).”

  • Ankara's Kocatepe MosqueInsightful story: Drink In The Mosque

    Is any place holier than other?

    Funny tale with Urdu Shayari Of Ghalib, Mir, Iqbal, Faraz & Wasi on where to drink alcohol

  • Thousand Lights Mosque..."God has never forsaken me", he answered, "He provides for the insects, for birds, for animals, for trees. He has always provided for me. And, he will continue to provide."

    "God helps those who help themselves", she whispered, "Trust in God, but keep your powder dry."

  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, painted portrait DDC_0590"The institution of the Caliphate was thereafter inactive for almost a century. Then on June 29, 2014, the internationally unrecognized Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) declared a new Caliphate, naming Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the new Caliph."

    "Who's he?" asked Josh.

    "He is nicknamed The Invisible Sheikh," answered Rosh.

  • Hajj 2010 / 1431H"No," said Kabir, "but please give my regards to the Allah of Mecca."

    The friend was puzzled.

    "Is there a different Allah in Mecca?" he asked.

  • Cosmic Consciousness"Subroto asks that if a physical entity like phosphorous can glow on its own, why cannot another physical entity like sound do the same?"

    "Is it because our paradigm of properties of sound with respect to our sound apparatus doesn't allow us to experience this?"

  • Ethiopia - Muslim tomb (next door)Insightful story: This Too Shall Pass

    Shakir taught the Sufi fakir that fate doesn't care whether a person is good or bad.

    Life is about constant change.

  • Muddy PathSpiritual Story: Unsoiled By Muddy Paths

    How do some walk the murky walks of life without being stained?

    Kabir delivers his wife to a lusty grocer to repay debt

  • HutWhat is mine? What is yours? Is it borrowed wealth or real capital?

    What is this world, this life? These possessions, these relationships?

    Insightful Sufi story...

  • ChariotAm I my body or my mind? My consciousness or my memories? Or am I a sum total of all of these?

    Discover some pointers in this old Buddhist story or this Sufi song...

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    Who am I? Where have I come from and where am I going?

    They are questions, which have their common source in the quest for meaning, which has always compelled the human heart. In fact, the answer given to these questions decides the direction which people seek to give to their lives.