Muhammad and the Eagle

At the time of prayer, Muhammad took off his shoes.

Then an eagle swooped down and grabbed one of the shoes.

Muhammad shouted at the eagle as it flew away, “O Creature-of-God, why do you act so rudely?”

The eagle then waved the shoe back and forth, and out tumbled a poisonous snake which fell to the ground and was killed.

The eagle then returned the shoe. “I apologize for acting rudely, O Chosen-of-God! I did so out of dire necessity; please forgive me.”

Your rudeness was kindness!' exclaimed Muhammad. “I was thinking only of myself, but God sees all.”

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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.