Moses and Khidr

Moses was traveling with Khidr, his teacher. “Obey,” Khidr told Moses, “and be silent.”

They saw a child drowning in a river. “Save him!” shouted Moses.

“Be silent,” Khidr said, “and obey.”

They saw a ship sinking in a lake. “Save them!” shouted Moses.

“You are not being silent,” said Khidr. “You are not obeying.”

Only later did Khidr explain. “The boy who drowned would have led the world into cataclysmic war if he had lived. The boat was full of pirates who were ready to attack a ship of pilgrims. God is behind it all; be silent, and obey.”


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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.