After witnessing a shortage of milk, a king told the citizens of his kingdom to dig a well. Once the well was dug, the king made an announcement to his people saying that one person from each household has to bring a glass of milk during the night and pour it into the well so the well should be full of milk by the morning and could be distributed equally to all the people. After receiving the order, everyone went home. One man prepared to take the milk during the night. He thought that since everyone will bring milk, he could just hide a glass of water and pour inside the pond. Because it will be dark at night, no one will notice. So he quickly went and poured the water in the pond and came back. In the morning, the king came to visit the pond and to his surprise the pond was only filled with water! What has happened is that everyone was thinking like the other man that “I don’t have to put the milk, someone else will do it.”
So you know how mosques are often doing fundraising. This story was shared with me in a mosque when the mosque’s administrators were attempting to raise some funds-and of course, to try to get people to donate money is like trying to melt a rock . One of the gentleman very nicely said that even when you don’t have money, you need to fearlessly put your name forward. By putting your name forward, you are volunteering yourself to allow God to select you as the means through which money will get to the mosque. You are merely a vehicle. The money is bound to get there-the question is through who.
On a side note, don’t forget to visit 30mosques.com-a fantastic project.