Majnun among the Beggars

Knowing Majnun had come to see her and was living among the beggars, Layla sent her maid with baskets of food to give him.

But another beggar, greedy for food, said, “I’m Majnun!” He ate the food, and Majnun said nothing.

The beggar grew fat on Layla’s gifts, day after day. Majnun said nothing.

The maid told Layla that Majnun thanked her kindly. “He’s starting to get quite fat,” she added.

“That doesn’t sound like Majnun!” Layla said.

Then the maid told her about the silent one. “He is sad, and never speaks.”

“That one is my Majnun!” Layla cried.

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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.