Ali and his Servant

The prophet Muhammad had whispered to Ali's servant that Ali would die by the servant's own hand.

The servant begged Ali to slay him instead. “Let me not commit this terrible sin!” said the servant, weeping.

But Ali replied, “I won't attempt to evade what is fated for me by God.”

“Let it fall to someone else!” pleaded the servant. “Slay me now, and then another may carry out God's will.”

Again Ali refused. “God's word is written, and the ink of the Pen of Fate is dry. The deed is not yours, but God's doing: it is all One.”

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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.