The Educated Young Man

There was a young man who went overseas to study for quite some time. When he returned, he asked his parents to find him a religious scholar or any expert who could answer his 3 questions. Finally, his parents were able to find a Muslim scholar.

Young man: Who are you? Can you answer my questions?

Scholar: I am one of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala )’s slaves and inshaAllah (God willing), I will be able to answer your questions.

Young man: Are you sure? A lot of Professors and experts were not able to answer my questions.

Scholar: I will try my best, with the help of Allah(SubHana Wa Ta`ala ).

Young man:I have 3 questions:
1. Does God exist? If so, show me His shape.
2. What is takdir (fate)?
3. If shaitan (Devil) was created from the fire, why at the end will he be thrown into hell that was also created from fire. It certainly will not hurt him at all, since Shaitan (Devil) and the hell were created from fire. Did God not think of it this far?

Suddenly, the Scholar slapped the young man’s face very hard.

Young man (feeling pain): Why do you get angry at me?

Scholar: I am not angry. The slap is my answer to your three questions.

Young man: I really don’t understand.

Scholar: How do you feel after I slapped you?

Young man: Of course, I felt the pain.

Scholar: So do you believe that pain exists?

Young man: Yes.

Scholar: Show me the shape of the pain!

Young man: I cannot.

Scholar: That is my first answer. All of us feel God’s existence without being able to see His shape.

Scholar: Last night, did you dream that you will be slapped by me?

Young man: No.

Scholar: Did you ever think that you will get a slap from me, today?

Young man: No.

Scholar: That is takdir (fate).

Scholar: My hand that I used to slap you, what is it created from?

Young man: It is created from skin.

Scholar: How about your face, what is it created from?

Young man: Skin.

Scholar: How do you feel after I slapped you?

Young man: In pain.

Scholar: Even though Shaitan (Devil) and also the hell were created from the fire, if Allah wants, inshAllah (God willing) the hell will become a very painful place for Shaitan (Devil).


  • P A Raheem

    Asslaamoalaikum. Very interesting answers. I really feel that the answers given by common sense some times give better understanding then references.

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  • Abdul Abdulraheem

    Salamun Alaykum,
    I am a Nigerian, from Kwara state, Ilorin, the mode of our greeting is kneeling and we found out that it is SHIRK but our parents will not UNDERSTAND and our TAWHID is generally weak, please help us.
    there is a person that is preaching this but they don’t respect him, in fact the persecute him PLEASE HELP US

  • P A Raheem

    Indian history records about a Muslim holiy man(Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi) was jailed by the Muslim emperor Jahangir as he addressed him with Asslamoalaikum instead Kurdish (to bow down from the waist and raise the hand upto forehead three times.) .

    The shaikh preferred to go to jail.

    Any act which suggest worship and is towards anyone else then Allah is not allowed. I am of the opinion that any act for respect other then Sujud may/may not be considered worship. The intention justifies the act other then the act of sujud. Allah know the best

  • Michelle Fatimah

    SubhanAllah!!! This is something really nice! Exemplary act of answering without intending to harm but just showed realistic part of the answers…

  • ovi

    The young man was imam abu hanifa ra

  • raveena

    mashalah very gd

  • Rabia

    SubhanAllah!!!Unexpected answers..

  • Alaina Kiani

    I found this very interesting SubhanAllah it was also kind of funny ???

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