Robbers Turn Good CitizensHazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gillani (God be pleased with him) had to undertake a journey, when he was yet a young hoy. His pious mother stitched up forty gold coins in his shirt.
She advised her son to speak the truth always. He joined a caravan and set off on his journey. When the caravan entered a forest a gang of robbers fell on the travellers and deprived them of all their valuables.
While they were busy robbing everyone, a robber happened to pass by the young boy. He said, “Boy, do you have anything on you?” “Yes” came the prompt reply, “I have forty gold coins.” The robber asked the young boy to show the money which he readily did. The robber took the boy to the leader of the gang.
Like all other robbers the leader was nor a little surprised. He said, “Why did you not deny having money?” Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gillani (God be pleaseci with him) told the robbers' Chief that his mother had advised him to speak the.truth always.
This had a deep effect on the Chief. He said, “Alas! I do not obey the commands of God while this little boy so faithfully follows the advice of his mother”.
Remorse became a guideline to show him the right path. He made up his mind to give up his bad ways of earning livelihood. He disbanded the gang and advised all the members to live an honest life.
Thus the example set by Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gillani (God be pleased with him) reformed all the robbers. He grew up to be a great religious leader and a pious saint. He is held in great esteem by millions of his followers and devotees. He is popularly known as Ghaus-ul-Azam Gillani.
There is blessing in truth