Stories From Masnavi

The Visions seen by the Saint Daquqi

The Visions seen by the Saint Daquqi

The Visions seen by the Saint Daquqi To illustrate the exalted state of identification of the will with the Divine will just described, the poet tells the story of the visions and mighty works of the holy Daquqi. Daquqi was journeying in pious fervor, and in hope to see the splendour of “The F... »

​The Courtier who quarreled with his Friend for saving his Life

​The Courtier who quarreled with his Friend for saving his Life

​The Courtier who quarreled with his Friend for saving his Life. A king was enraged against one of his courtiers, and drew his sword to slay him. The bystanders were all afraid to interfere, with the exception of one who boldly threw himself at the king’s feet and begged him to spare the offen... »

The King and his Three Sons

The King and his Three Sons

The King and his Three Sons A certain king had three sons, who were the light of his eyes, and, as it were, a fountain whence the palm tree of his heart drank the water of bliss. One day he called his sons before him and commanded them to travel through his realm, and to inspect the behavior of the ... »

The Hindu Slave who loved his Master’s Daughter

The Hindu Slave who loved his Master’s Daughter

The Hindu Slave who loved his Master’s Daughter A certain man had a Hindu slave, whom he had brought up along with his children, one of whom was a daughter. When the time came for giving the girl in marriage many suitors presented themselves, and offered large marriage portions to gain her all... »

The Gluttonous Sufi

The Gluttonous Sufi

The Gluttonous Sufi In a certain convent there lived a Sufi whose conduct gave just offence to the brethren. They brought him before their Shaikh and thus accused him, “This Sufi has three very bad qualities; he babbles exceedingly like a bell, at his meals he eats more than twenty men and whe... »

Bayazid and his impious sayings when beside himself

Bayazid and his impious sayings when beside himself

Bayazid and his impious sayings when beside himself The holy saint Bayazid before his death predicted the birth of the saint Abul-Hasan Khirqani, and specified all the peculiar qualities which would be seen in him. And after his death it came to pass as he had predicted, and Abul-Hasan, hearing what... »

The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass

The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass

The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass As an instance of false and insincere repentance, a story is next told, which is also found in the fifth chapter of the Anwar i Suhaili. A lion had been wounded in fight with a male elephant, and was unable to hunt game for himself. In this strait he called a fox who w... »

Ali’s Forbearance

Ali’s Forbearance

Ali’s Forbearance Ali, the “Lion of God,” was once engaged in conflict with a Magician chief, and in the midst of the struggle the Magician spat in his face. ‘Ali, instead of taking vengeance on him, at once dropped his sword, to the Magician’s great astonishment. On his inquiring the reason o... »