Community Tales

Community tales are a set of stories written by members of community and covers a wide range of areas, from poetry to protecting the environment to preventing the spread of COVID-19, to addressing the healing of nature to deal with viral and infectious diseases to uniting neighborhoods together for change, and refining the public’s health. These stories represent the amazing efforts that are being undertaken in the every corner of the earth to expand communities and make a better world.

A TALE FROM THE PAST!

Story by: Belqase Masnadjam, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

This story is about Baba Taher who was a Persian Sufi poet. He moved from Malaier to Hamedan in his early youth, aiming to hit to mountain where he could be all alone.

Once on his way to the mountain in a winter night he saw a caravansary filled with young theologians reciting their holy book. He was watching them with admiration. Filled with joy and excitement he asked them ” what made them able to read? “

To make fun of this illiterate village boy they said that they broke the ice of the nearby pool and stayed in icy water till morning, and that made them able to read.

He thought to himself, why shouldn’t I do the same? So, he broke the ice of the pool and entered the icy water.  He stayed till morning. The next day when he opened his eyes, he found himself in the pool. He stepped out of the water and looked at a parchment by the pool. He looked at the words and started to read it loudly at once.

A WORSHIPPER!

Story by: Belqase Masnadjam, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

The story starts after the couple met each other in the market. There was an immediate spark between them, and they fell in love with each other. The tale below is one of the many tales referred to Majnoon on his search for Lily.

Majnoon heard Lily’s father forced an arranged marriage with the son of the chief of the tribe. Feeling pain and agony for losing his beloved Lily, he followed the convoy. Unaware of his condition he passed by a hermit worshiping God. Being interrupted, the pious man started yelling at Majnoon and blamed him for disconnection between him and God.

Screaming in rage, he stormed out at him, can’t you see I was worshiping God? I’ve been praying here for 30 years and you disrupted my prayer. Majnoon who just found himself where he was; answered the man, because of my deep love for Lily I didn’t see you praying here, how did you notice me when you are worshiping the Lord, the mighty God?

 Astonished by his answer, the worshipper fell on his knees wondering how deep was his love and affection for God. Indeed, there was so much to learn.

Love without barrier

Story by: Belqase Masnadjam, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

The story of Yousef the prophet, known to have the wildest beauty that no woman could resist him. He was taken as a slave and was on his way to be sold in the marketplace. The rich and wealthy men and women from upper class were rushing to the market to own this noble slave.

Among this wealthy crowd a decrepit woman leaning on a stick making her way towards the marketplace where Yousef was. She’s been stopped by the guards and was questioned, where are you heading to, they asked? She simply said I am going to purchase Yousef. The guards burst into laugh. How are you going to pay to buy him, said one of the guards?  She unwrapped the item in her hand and said, this is a spindle which I make a living with and I’m going to offer this (spindle) for Yousef.

Do you see this crowd, all these beautiful rich man and woman, one of the guards said? They all want him, what is your chance, he continued?  

I know my chance for having Yousef is slim, but I still try. This crowd may offer a small portion of their wealth to own him, but I offer all I have. I am not after the beauty of his face I am after the beauty of his heart.

Yusuf’s indescribable beauty caused him to be locked up in the prison, but when God granted him knowledge it caused him to rank in society. The virtue of knowledge against the physical beauty.

What is ‘Law Of Attraction’ and How To Raise Your Frequency?

Story by: Jivica Soltan, Canberra, Australia 

‘’Say you are listening to the radio in your car and do not like the music that you are hearing, what do you do? You change the channel of course! What many people fail to realize is that we can take charge of our lives in the exact same way. Do not like the life that you see before you? Then change your frequency. Change the channel of your life.’’

The key to using the Law Of Attraction usefully is knowing how to raise your emotional frequency.

The Energy

The law of relatively states E = MC^2, meaning everything in this universe, including us, is made up of energy. Our thoughts consist of nothing but the energy vibration. ‘’It is this energy that the universe is constantly reacting to, striving to align itself with the energies that we are projecting and expanding on it, to provide us with more of the same. This is our ‘frequency’.’’

The way that the Law Of Attraction works is to match our ‘frequency’ to give us more of the same, that it is critical we work to raise our frequencies. When we fill ourselves with negative emotions such as sadness, fear, anger, or general pessimism, we emit low frequency and the universe can only respond on this, promoting greater negativity in our lives.

On the other hand, when we attempt to raise our frequency with thoughts and actions of love and positivity, the more joyful and loving our lives become.

Stop pulling your Frequency down

‘’The problem isn’t trying to raise your frequency. After all, when we are being true to ourselves, our frequency and energies are always striving to be at their highest and most positive. However, it is when we let the stresses and worries of daily life affect us that our emotional frequency is dragged down.’’

Here are just some methods to release the frequency and let it rise: have deep breath, listen to your thoughts, do something that you lave and passionate about, meditate, read spiritual scriptures such as Quran, Bible, etc.

‘’As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.’’ – Rumi

The Desire

Story by Admin

Science now confirms that everything in the universe is connected. This is not new to us, as it mentioned in the Quran and other religious books for millennials.

Every object, animal, human being, and dark matters are made of particles or substances with incredible energy.

If you break a single atom in the lab, it releases powerful energy that can destroy an entire city.

However, as mighty as this power is, no other creature except human being is able to tap and unleash it.

But what is stopping us?

Many of us have burning desires but never take any actions to fulfil them. We let our doubts and fear control our behaviour.

But remember this: you would not have the desire unless you were capable of its achievement. Whatever it is that you desire with all your heart understand once and for all that it can and should be yours.

Don’t settle for rest unless you achieve what your desire or your whole existence is in vain.

“Act as though it is impossible to fail.”  Dorothea Brande

Hatim Ta'ie,

Story by: Belqase Masnadjam, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

Hatim al-Tai was a famous Arab prince and a poet who belonged to the Ta’i tribe of Arabia. Many stories unfolded about his generosity and munificence.

The generous Hatim had just passed away and his mother was grieving for his death. He was a hope and support for poor and unfortunate people. Now that he’s gone who is going to take his place, his grieving mother thought.

Her younger son who saw his mother in great sorrow told her ‘ mom don’t worry I’ll continue his way and look after the needy. The mother looked at him and said nothing like she knew something. The next day Hatim ‘s brother sat in Hatim’s place and as a custom set by Hatim, he met needy people and gave each of them a gold coin.  In the evening, satisfied with his work, he wrapped up his work and hit towards home.

His mother welcomed him and asked for his day. He proudly announced that he had a great day. Nothing major, just a minor issue with an old woman who came to me twice and asked for more. I warned her do not try that again. Didn’t you know who she was, she asked. No mom, she had a cover on her face, he answered. I was that old lady and you frowned the second time I came to you, but when I approached Hatim over seventy times in the past, he gave me a gold coin each time with a smile. You know my dear son no one can replace him.

Solomon and Belqase, the queen of Sheba

Story by: Belqase Masnadjam, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

The Hod Hod (hoopoe), the messenger bird of the King Solomon just flew in panting, brought an important news for the king. He reported that there is a rich land called Sheba who are gone to a stray path and worship the sun. The land is ruled by a powerful and beautiful Queen called Belqais (Makeda).

Stunned by the news King Solomon wrote a letter addressed to the Queen Belqase, it read: ‘’In the name of God the Gracious, the Merciful; from Solomon the messenger of God to Queen Belqase the ruler of Sheba. Greetings to her with the follower of the righteous guidance. I invite you to hear the divine call, to accept and worship one God only.   

Hod Hod took the letter to Sheba and delivered it to Queen. Belqais that was a seeker of truth and wisdom welcomed Solomon’s letter and decided to go and see the great king. While they’re on the way, the Solomon ordered to his subordinates to bring the throne of Queen Belqais to his palace. Then he ordered to build a corridor from the entrance of his palace all the way to his throne using transparent glasses on the floor where water was running beneath.

When Queen Belqais arrived and entered the palace she upraised her Royal dress to avoid getting wet, but to her surprise she was walking on the water without getting wet. Solomon who was watching her smiled and explained about transparent glasses that are built on top of the running water.

The king pointed out to a throne facing her and asked her if she recognise it. Startled in disbelieve she confirmed that it’s indeed her own throne. She accepted his call to accept and worship one God alone and took his hand as her lawful husband.

THE LADY AND THE JINNY OF THE LAMP!

Story by: Erfan Jafari, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

A lady was walking in the woods one day, when suddenly her foot hit a solid object. She looked down, it was an old oil lamp. She remembered the story of the Aladdin and the Jinny, so quickly started to wipe up the lamp with her sleeve. As she was wiping the lamp, in her astonishment the smoke came out and turned into a Jinny.

The lady became very happy and demanded to have three wishes as a reward for freeing Jinny.  But Jinny said things have changed and you can have only one wish. She thought for a moment and said I want you to make peace in the middle east, and she handed over a map. Jinny looked at the map and told her these countries have been fighting for thousands of years even though I’m good at fixing things but this one is out of my reach, please make another wish.

She thought again for a moment and said I’ve not been able to find my ideal man so far. Someone who is kind, generous, calm, handsome, wealthy, honest, lawful, supportive, helpful around the house, doing the chores, someone who doesn’t just lay down on the coach and watch football all the time. The Jinny made a quick search and then said; will you give me that damn map again? Erfan 

CYRUS' DECREE AFTER THE CONQUEST OF BABYLON!

Story by: Erfan Jafari, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

I am Cyrus, king of Achaemenid Empire, king of Anshan, king of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the four corners of the world, the king of the kings.

I’ve ordered not to impose discomfort to the people, their discomfort is my discomfort and their happiness is my happiness. Let everyone stay on their beliefs, respect women, help the needy, everyone is free to speak their dialect, all the chains are broken under my kingdom and all slaves are free.  

We’ll overcome injustice and cruelty, and celebrate life under a united nation. 

Long live my heavenly land.

The wolf and 3 lambs!

Story by: Belqase Masnadjam, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

Once upon a time there was a mother sheep called ‘Boz Boze Ghandy’ with her 3 baby lambs called ‘Shangoul’, ‘Mangoul’ and ‘Habbeye Angour’.

One day she was going out to visit a friend. So she called the children and warned them of a wolf recently seen around that area and told them not to open the door to anyone but her. To recognize her in her return they should check her hands and if they are white it’ll be the mother and they can open the door. The baby lambs nodded and said goodbye to their mother unaware of the wolf’s stealthy listening.

When she left the house, the wolf put some flour on his hands to make them look white then he knocked on the door. The children who were playing suddenly stopped and rushed to the door to open it but remember their mother’s instruction. So, they asked the caller, who’s this? The wolf said it’s me, your mom, they said show us your hands, the wolf showed his hands. They saw two white hands and thought it’s their mother, so they opened the door. The bad wolf jumped inside and terrified the baby lambs. The baby lambs horrified and ran randomly trying not to get away from the ferocious wolf that was now chasing after them.

Suddenly the door was opened, and the lambs’ mother rushed inside the house frightening and panting, not believing her eyes. She feverishly ran towards the wolf and knocked him down with her horn. The wolf screamed in pain agony not knowing what happened looking at the lambs’ mother direction. He watched she’s charging again towards him, panicky he got up and ran out of the door as fast as he could and never came back again. 

The scared children were safe again. They just learned a big lesson, to always be cautious.

The companion of the cave - part I

Story by: Belqase Masnadjam, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

At the time of King Decius, a pagan who oppressed the believers, there were six young warriors who were believed in God. They were from royal families close to King. They decided to conceal their faith to avoid the persecution that was to be sacrificed for the idols.  

Despite their love for the town and their families they decided to leave the town. They made their way towards the outback to find a place to practice their religion freely. 

On their way, they met a Sheppard who was resting his sheep on the grass. They told him that they fled from the pagan king, and searching for a place to worship God freely. The shepherd opened to them and revealed his real desire to get away and be with believers. So, they invited the shepherd to join them on their quest. 
The shepherd excitedly followed them. On the way, he noticed his dog is following them. They had to take the dog with them since the dog was a far distance from the herd.
The journey was tough, and the path was unknown. Desperately searched for some direction that may help them. In their despair and agony, they noticed a strong ray of light above the mountain. 
They excitedly followed the ray till got on the top of the mountain. There was a cave nearby. They entered the cave and found it to be a safe place to rest for a while. Tired of the long journey, they sat on the floor and then decided to have a short nap. To be continued…

The companion of Cave - part II

Story by: Belqase Masnadjam, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

They went to sleep in daylight when they woke up it was in the late afternoon, asking one another how long they’re sleeping, one said a couple of hours another said probably half a day. One of them suggested going to the town to get something to eat. The others agreed and asked him to take caution.

He approached one of the nearby shops and purchased a few loaves of bread. He reached out to his pocket and grabbed a gold coin to pay for the loaves of bread. When he handed in the coin to the shop owner, the owner almost jumped off his chair. Hit with surprise, looking at the valuable coin and the owner of the coin, he snatched the coin and said, where did you get this coin from?

Astonished by the shop owner’s reaction towards the money, he thought maybe in this part of the land they don’t use this money. So, he explained that this money is common in the place he is from. How it can be? The shop owner exclaimed. This money belongs to 300 years ago at the kingdom of king Decius. Our land roles under a worthy faithful king now, the shop owner put in.

Confused and a bit joyful, he returned to the cave and told the story to others.  After the story was told to others, they decided to find out what is happening. They hit towards the town to meet with their family and friends and to ask them what revolutions have happened? 

Walked to the town they found out the story is true; the King Decius tyrant era ended over 300 years ago, and no one of their families and friends is not alive anymore. They approached by the new kings’ soldiers and escorted to the palace.

After talking to them, the king ordered their story to be written and to be told so for the all the believers today and for the future generations to see the willing of God overwhelms all things and being and protects whoever he wills.

Moses and Wisdom Of God

Story by: Erfan Jafari, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

One day Moses said to God, you create Beautiful beings from all kinds and then annihilate them, please tell the wisdom behind this. God answered we gave you the knowledge and wisdom to lead your people and teach them about things they do not know. Your question arises from the knowledge, not ignorance, and I will answer you by giving you a simple task.
 
Then God ordered Moses to grow and harvest some wheat from a provided land. Moses followed the order. After sometimes, when the wheat was all grown and ready to harvest, Moses cropped it all. Then God asked him why did you crop the wheat? Moses responded because the wheat should be plucked from the husk. Then the wheat seeds can be restored and use when it is needed.
God asked him where did you get this knowledge from? Moses replied, ” I have my knowledge from you. You gave me the wisdom and knowledge about things around me.
How come you have this ability to separate the waste from the whole thing to get the pure seeds, but I don’t? God responded the mankind is not at the same level of faith and commitments. So, they need to be distinguished from each other. Every man has been given the secret of the divine that is hidden within. This hidden treasure is inside every human heart, and it is up to them how to use it. 
Oh, you, the mankind, reveal the divine being that is trusted to you, so you can shine like a bright star.
 

The Crazy Man?

Story by: Erfan Jafari, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

There was a mad man in our town who was always chased by children. But he was never upset by children cruelty, even when they were throwing stones at him and mocking him. 
 
One day, I watched him and was curious to find why he is so kind to the kids even when they hurt him? So, I asked him to come to our home and stay for a moment. I asked him why he is so kind and patient with kids and does not chase them away when they insult him?  
He replied with a smile; everyone thinks I am crazy because I behave differently with others. At the same time, it is fascinating for kids that they can be around an adult who does not punish them for their insolence. You may think they insult me, but they are comfortable with me and feel happy when they are around me. 
 
I asked him; what are the best and worse experience he has in his life. My father’s smile at his death bed was a cherishable moment, and people’s sob and sorrow in his funeral was the worst thing I can remember”, he answered. 
His response and attitude towards life made me ponder over my perception of events around me. He is a free spirit, not worrying about what happens next. For him next is now and he lives in it.    

The story of Nimrod - part1

Story by: Belqase Masnadjam, Tehran, Iran

Translated by: Kourosh Jafari, Tehran, Iran

The ship was cutting through the roaring waves trying to survive, but the ocean seemed too strong to be defeated. It finally gave in and started to sink. The water flooded the ship and spread all around the deck. People were running in panic and fear while the storm was getting stronger and menace.

The wealthy passengers with all valuable belonging now let go with their treasures and tried to survive.

After the storm calmed down, the ship was nowhere to be seen. The broken pieces of the ship with the rest of the goods and materials were floating on the calm water.

However, in the surprise and astonishment, the rescuers found a small figure unconscious on the shore, it was a kid, still alive.

The rescuers rushed towards him and took care of his welfare.

He grew up as a young and strong man. People considered him a miracle and treated him with kindness and respect. He developed wisdom and knowledge, and he had an urge to lead people. So, he became the governor of the city and soon after the king of Babylon.

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