The Owner of the Two Gardens Story

It is one of The Quran stories which has many lessons in morals.

The story was about two men in the past, who had a relationship, one of them was a believer and the other  was an unbeliever, and the verses did not mention their names, nor place, nor time. God had afflicted the believing man with a poverty and lack of the number of children, unlike the unbeliever was afflicted with a lot of money, as he had two yielding gardens surrounded with palm trees, and a river ran between them, besides having many children.

The story was mentioned in AL-Kahf Surah. “Set forth to them the parable of two men: for one of them We provided two gardens of grape-vines and surrounded them with date palms; in between the two We placed corn-fields.” (32) “Each of those gardens brought forth its produce, and failed not in the least therein: in the midst of them We caused a river to flow.” (33) “(Abundant) was the produce this man had: he said to his companion, in the course of a mutual argument: “more wealth have I than you, and more honour and power in (my following of) men.” (34)

As a result, the rich man became an admirer and proud of his two gardens and the eternal goodness according to him and his multitude of children. And he was arrogant with the poor believer. And he thought that he was in permanent good and would no longer be a believer on the Day of Resurrection. Even if there was a Day of Resurrection, he would have two better gardens than his in the world. “He went into his garden in a state (of mind) unjust to his soul: He said, “I deem not that this will ever perish” (35) “”Nor do I deem that the Hour (of Judgment) will (ever) come: Even if I am brought back to my Lord, I shall surely find (there) something better in exchange.” (36)

After that, a good argument occurred when the patient poor believer reminded him of God the creator of him, and called him to believe in God and thanked him and rely on him and not on his two gardens. And he warned him of a storm or thunderbolt that would come on them and burn them, or their gardens would be sunken.

“His companion said to him, in the course of the argument with him: “Dost thou deny Him Who created thee out of dust, then out of a sperm-drop, then fashioned thee into a man?” (37) “But (I think) for my part that He is Allah, My Lord, and none shall I associate with my Lord.” “Why didst thou not, as thou wentest into thy garden, say: ‘Allah’s will (be done)! There is no power but with Allah!’ If thou dost see me less than thee in wealth and sons” (39) “It may be that my Lord will give me something better than thy garden, and that He will send on thy garden thunderbolts (by way of reckoning) from heaven, making it (but) slippery sand!” (40) “Or the water of the garden will run off underground so that thou wilt never be able to find it.” (41)

Unfortunately, he refused the words, warning, and guidance of his believer’s owner, and increased his pride in his farms and his dependence on them, and what his believer had warned him about, so God sent a thunderbolt on his farms, and burned them!! It burned grapes, date palms and crops, and destroyed trees, crops and fruits, and nothing was left of the two farms, all of that happened in an hour of the night.

In the morning, the conceited one went to his gardens, as usual, and found that they were vanished at all. Then he fell in his hands, and he felt regret and was certain of the loss, which came upon all that he possessed. He wished that he responded to the advice of his believer, but when? Too late!

 “So his fruits (and enjoyment) were encompassed (with ruin), and he remained twisting and turning his hands over what he had spent on his property, which had (now) tumbled to pieces to its very foundations, and he could only say, “Woe is me! Would I had never ascribed partners to my Lord and Cherisher!” (42) “Nor had he numbers to help him against Allah, nor was he able to deliver himself.” (43)  “There, the (only) protection comes from Allah, the True One. He is the Best to reward, and the Best to give success.” (44)

piography قصة صاحب الجنتين Surah Al-Kahf.