A Handful of Dust

God told Gabriel, “Fetch me a handful of Earth's dust.”

“No!” said Earth. She didn't want God to create Adam.

God sent Michael. Earth refused.

Then Seraphiel. Earth refused.

Finally, God sent Azrael.

“I cannot fail to accomplish God's command,” Azrael said to Earth.

They debated back and forth, and when Earth was distracted by their argument, Azrael snatched the handful of dust.

God then appointed Azrael as the Angel of Death.

“But everyone will hate and fear me,” said Azrael.

“I will create fevers and sicknesses,” God replied, “and weapons of war. They will bear the blame, not you.”

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Tiny Tales from the Sufis (Amazon, Author) by Laura Gibbs. Copyright 2020. Licensed CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 and mirrored here with permission.