The woodcutter and the king of the mice

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This story is one of the Favourite story from Cambodia,it tells about a woodcutter and the king of mice.

A woodcutter is a poor man,he lived with his wife in a small house. One day,he went to the forest to cut some trees. As he started to cut down the banyan tree, the king of the mice appeared and ask a woodcutter to let the tree standing,and the mice promise to give a woodcutter a piece of gold everyday.

A woodcutter agreed with the mice,he let the tree standing,and cut the other trees on the forest. every evening the king of the mice took out a piece of gold from under the roots of the tree and gave it to the woodcutter. The woodcutter took the pieces of gold home and showed them to his wife.

She wondered where her husband was getting that much gold. woodcutter tries to reassure her that it’s all halal, he explained to his wife that the gold he could from mice that gave him every night. He tells that the mice was found in the woods when he wanted to cut down a tree, but he was not so cut it in exchange will get gold every day. And his wife replied, “You are fool, you have been deceived by the rat, if you cut the tree where the mice live for sure you will get all the gold.”

The woodcutter immediately went to the woods to cut down a tree where the mice lived. after he arrived there, he cut it with a spirit, but there was no gold there.
mice was aware that he had been deceived by woodcutter, he took all the gold that has been given to the woodcutter. Now,woodcutter haven’t got anything because his greed.

Value: Do not be too greedy with the treasure, because it’s all just a loan from Allah. to have a lot of money we have to work hard, not just expecting something quick and easy like a woodcutter.

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Posted by : Mar’atus Sholeha



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