Three pious sons left home, went out on their own and prospered. A Few years later, getting back together, they discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly Mother.
The first said, “I built a big house for our Ammi Jaan.”
The second said, “I sent her a Mercedes with a female driver.”
The third smiled and said, “I’ve got you both beat. You remember how Ammi Jaan enjoyed reading the Qur’ān? And you know she can’t see very well any more. I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Qur’ān. It took Imāms in the Masjids twelve years to teach him. He’s one of a kind. All ammi has to do is just name the chapter and verse, and the parrot recites it.”
Few weeks later, their ammi sent out her letters of thanks:
“Ejaz,” she wrote to one son, The house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house.”
“Muneer,” she wrote to another, “I am too old to travel any more. My eyesight isn’t what it used to be. I stay most of the time at home, so I rarely use the Mercedes. And the driver is so rude!”
“Dearest Zayid” she wrote to her third son, You have the good sense to know what your Ammi Jaan likes. That chicken was delicious!”