A Prayer for a Tyrant

There was a dervish whose prayers were very acceptable to God.

One day his wanderings took the dervish to Baghdad, and there the tyrannical governor summoned the dervish into his presence.

“Pray a good prayer for me,” the governor commanded.

The dervish prayed, “O God, please take away this man's life!”

The governor shouted, “What kind of prayer is that?”

“It is a prayer for you and for the whole world,” replied the dervish. “Nothing in this world's bazaar lasts forever. I prayed that you be free of life, and so then the world will be free of your tyranny.”

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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.