Ahmad the shepherd was very sad. He had lost almost everything he owned during the
terrible years of war. His wife had died and he had also lost his son. When he lost his job in
town, he began to work as a shepherd in the countryside.
One day, as his sheep grazed near the road, he saw a group of people taking a young man to the hospital in town. It was obvious that this young man was even poorer than him. He was shivering in his thin jacket. Ahmad the shepherd immediately took off his own coat, which he had owned for years, and put it on the young man.
As the young man was waiting in the hospital to be examined, he was surprised to hear someone calling him “Dad.” He looked up but he couldn’t recognize the young man standing in front of him. The latter, who had called him dad, was surprised as well.
He apologized, saying, “I’m sorry, sir. I had mistaken your coat for my father’s, whom I haven’t seen for many years. I thought you were my father.”
The sick man asked him who his father was. After talking for a few minutes, he realized that the young man was the lost son of Ahmad the shepherd. He told the young man that he did not make a mistake and that the coat had really belonged to his father. After being examined at the hospital, he returned to the village, accompanied by shepherd Ahmad’s son.
How true is the saying of our beloved Prophet, “Every kindness will be rewarded tenfold.”