- Religion and Philosophy
Sulaiman (King Solomon) and A Little Ant
Lesson From A Little Ant
Sulaiman was one of God's messengers who has ability to talk with animals. Some Islamic historian told that one day Sulaiman asked a little ant about how much food God gave it for a year. The little ant replied that God provided a wheat for a year (Other historians told that God provided a date palm for an ant's food).
He decided to keep that ant and put it inside a glass. He provided a wheat for its food for a year. Sulaiman (King solomon) was very rich king at that time. He had almost everything. Even some historians told that he said one day that his wealth was enough to feed all creatures in this world. God gave him punishment for this mistake.
The following year Sulaiman visited the ant. He saw the ant only ate a half of the wheat. "Why don't you eat it all?" asked Sulaiman.
"Sulaiman, I know you're so rich, but you're just human. On the nature I believe that God will always provide me a wheat or even more, He will never forget all His creatures, but in this place I am not sure you'll be able to provide me food again next year. You're just a human. You may forget me."
It is a great story. What the ant said was true. No one will always care about you, but God. This story is similar to a story about White Monkey Anoman in Rama and Sinta (Sita) story. When his mother would back to paradise and left him alone in this planet, she said to Anoman, "Now your mother is the nature, and your father is the wind. They will bring you up and guide you." Then she left Anoman alone. In this case, the last God's messenger also preached that we should learn and find the way how to get happiness in this word and in the hereafter.
The lessons I get from this story is that I am the one who responsible for my life, not other creatures. And, I must be sure that my Creator always cares about His creature.