It is a law of nature that whatever action we take in this world, there is always a reaction. If we do well, we stand to gain a good reward. If we do badly, we should expect a bad outcome ultimately. "As you sow, so shall you reap" is a popular saying.

The holy books have also guided on this subject, they say: "If you do good, you do good to yourselves. Likewise, if you do evil, you do evil to yourselves."

One of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad was very fond of this verse. He used to recite it loudly and repeatedly wherever he went. A woman who had heard him once wanted to prove him wrong and thus making him unpopular among his people. She thought up a plot against him. She prepared some sweets mixed with poison and sent them to him as a present. When he received them, he went out of the city taking sweets with him.

On the way, he met two men who were returning home from a long journey. They appeared tired and hungry, so he thought of doing them a good turn. He offered them the sweets. Of course, he was not aware that they were secretly mixed with poison. No sooner had the two travelers taken the sweets, they collapsed and died.

When the news of their death reached Medina, the city where the Prophet Muhammad resided, the man was arrested. He was brought in front of the Prophet Muhammad and he related what had actually happened.

The woman, who had mixed poison with the sweets, was also brought to the court of the Prophet Muhammad. She was stunned to see the two dead bodies of the travelers there. They in, in fact, turned out to be her two sons who had gone away on a journey.

She admitted her evil intention before the Prophet Muhammad and all the people present. Alas, the poison she had mixed in the sweets to kill the companion of the Prophet Muhammad had instead killed her own two sons.

Lesson to learn from this story - What a splendid example of a tragic reaction to a bad action; it shows how one reaps what he sows. "Do as you would be done by" are the words of wisdom from the learned and wise men of the past. They teach us to do good to others in the same way as we like others to do good to us.