According to a parable, when Prophet Abraham was cast into a fire by the tyrant king Nimrod, the spectacle was met with horror by a small bird. It spread its wings and soared to a nearby river, where it filled its beak with water. The bird carried these meagre drops to where the fire was lit before going back for more. The water it fetched was of course, not enough to quell the raging flames.
An arrogant crow mocked the bird’s scurrying efforts and haughtily told him:
‘How can you hope to douse the fire with such little water. Surely you realise that there is nothing you can do?’
The bird remained unperturbed and calmly replied:
‘When I meet with God, He will not ask me whether I was able to put out the fire, He will only inquire whether I did my part to see that it was extinguished.’