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Unformatted text preview: s person who came to me was fanatical about his problem. He said to me, "I think you have a lecture tomorrow in such-and-such a city." The city was about 200 km from Riyadh. "Yes", I replied. He said, "I will come to see you there and meet up with you 415 Do not burden yourself with what you cannot do 62 after your lecture." I was stunned at his eagerness. As I left after delivering the lecture, he came after me in a hurry, barefoot, with a small piece of paper in his hand. I stood by his side and said, "Go ahead. May Allah reward you for your eagerness, but what do you need?" He said, "Dear Shaykh, I have a brother who only has primary education certificate, and I would like you to find him a job." I said, "Is that it?" He said, "Yes, that's it." The man seemed really keen and his appearance made me pity him. It seemed as though his brother was going through a rough period. However, I knew that if I promised him anything, I would not have been able to keep it. We are living in times where one with a bachelor's degree cannot find work, let alone someone with a primary education certificate. I knew the limits of what I could do. It was an embarrassing moment for me, and I wished that I really could do something to help this grieving person's need. However, I literally was able to do nothing, so I said to him, "Dear brother, by Allah, I want to help you. Your brother is my brother. I feel for him as you do. However, I am not able to help you at all. I hope you can graciously excuse me." He said, "Dear Shaykh, please, at least try." I said, "I am sorry, I cannot." He then gave me the piece of paper in his hand and said, "Okay, dear Shaykh, just take this piece of paper with our phone numbers. If you ever find a job, please give us a ring." I realised
416 Do not burden yourself with what you cannot do 62 that he still wished to have hope in me. I knew that if I took the numbers, h...
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- Spring '12