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Hammer served as the chairman. The other members of the tool belt informed him that he must leave, because he was too noisy.

But Hammer said, ‘If I have to leave this carpenter's shop, then Gimlet must go too. He's insignificant and makes a very small impression.’ (A gimlet is a small tool with a screw point, grooved shank, and a cross handle for boring holes). Little Gimlet arose and said, ‘All right, but Screwdriver must go also. You have to turn him around and around to get anywhere with him.’


Screwdriver turned to the other tools and said, ‘If you wish, I will go, but Plane must leave too. All his work is on the surface; there's no depth to what he does.’ To this Plane replied, ‘Well then, Saw will have to depart too. The changes he proposes always cut too deep.’ Saw complained, ‘Ruler will have to withdraw if I leave, for he's always measuring other folks as though he were the only one who is right.’


Ruler then surveyed the group and said, ‘Sandpaper doesn't belong here either. He's rougher than he ought to be, and is always rubbing people the wrong way.’


In the midst of the discussion, the carpenter walked in. He put on his tool belt and went to the workbench to make a mimbar. He employed the ruler, saw, plane, hammer, gimlet, screwdriver, sandpaper and all the other tools. When the day's work was over, the mimbar was finished.


All the accusations against each of these tools were true, yet the carpenter used every one of them. We are all tools in life’s tool box, individually made by Allah. Each has a purpose, ability and a task to perform despite all our weaknesses. Working together we can achieve much.

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