Paid in full


THIS is not a new story circulating in the Internet, but it is still a heart-warmer.

Hunger pangs forced the poor boy, selling goods door-to-door to pay his way through school, to stop and check his pocket. Only one thin dime left. He decided to ask for something to eat at the next house, but soon lost his nerve upon being greeted by a young woman at the door.

So he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry, so she brought him a large glass of milk.

He drank slowly, and asked, ‘’How much do I owe you?’’
‘’Nothing. Mother taught has never to accept pay for a kindness.’’

The boy left the house not only feeling stronger physically but also in his faith. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later, that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled and finally sent her to the big city for specialists to study
her rare disease. Doctor Faisal Ahmad was called in for consultation.

When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled her eyes.

Immediately he rose and went down the hospital halls to her room. He recognised her at once. From that day on, he gave special attention to her. By the grace of Allah, the battle was won. Doctor Ahmad requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.

She looked and read these words on the side of the bill, “Paid in full with one glass of milk. Signed, Dr. Faisal Ahmad.’’

The Brunei Times/Mutma’inaa
Fri, 23 May 2014


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