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THUS TOLD PROPHET MUHAMMAD( SAS) A STORY OF A YOUNG BOY

Suhayb reported hat the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him
and grant him peace, said, “Among those before you there was a king who
had a sorcerer. When he was old, he said to the king, ‘I am old, so send
me a lad to whom I can teach sorcery.’ He sent him a lad for him to teach.
When the boy was on the way, he came upon a monk. He sat down to listen
to his words and liked what he heard. Whenever he went to the sorcerer,
he would pass by the monk and sit with him. When he came to the sorcerer,
the sorcerer would beat him. He complained about that to the monk who said,
‘When you are afraid of the sorcerer, say, “My family kept me.” And when
you are afraid of your family, say, “The sorcerer kept me.”‘

“While all this was going on, he came upon a great beast which was barring
the people’s way and said, ‘Today I will find out who is better, the sorcerer
or the monk.’ He took a stone and said, ‘O Allah, if what the monk does
is preferable to You to what the sorcerer does, then turn this beast aside
so that the people can pass.’ He threw it and killed the animal and the
people went on. He went to the monk and told him and the monk said to him,
‘O my boy, today you are better than I am. I see the point that your business
has reached. You will be tested and, when you are tested, do not point
me out.’ The boy used to heal the blind and the lepers and treat people
for all their ailments. A companion of the king who was blind heard this
and brought him many gifts. He said, ‘All that I have gathered for you
here is yours if you heal me.’ He said, ‘I do not heal anyone. It is Allah
Almighty who heals. If you believe in Allah Almighty, I will pray to Allah
to heal you.” So he believed in Allah Almighty and Allah Almighty healed
him. He went to the king and sat with him as he used to do. The king said
to him, ‘Who has returned your sight to you?’ He said, ‘It was my Lord.’
He said, ‘You have a Lord other than me?!’ He said, ‘My Lord and your Lord,
Allah.’ So he seized him and did not stop torturing him until he pointed
out the boy. The boy was brought and the king said to him, ‘O boy, your
sorcery has reached the point where you heal the blind and the lepers,
and you do such-and-such and such-and-such.’ He said, ‘I do not heal anyone.
It is Allah Almighty who heals.’ He seized him and did not stop torturing
him until he pointed out the monk. The monk was brought and told, ‘Renounce
your religion.’ He refused. He called for a saw and placed the saw on the
centre of his head and split it until the two halves fell apart. Then the
companion of the king was brought and told, ‘Renounce your religion!’ He
refused, and the the saw was placed on the centre of his head and split
it until the two halves fell apart. Then the boy was brought and told,
‘Renounce your religion,’ and he refused. He handed him over to a group
of his companions and said, ‘Take him to such-and-such a mountain, and
take him up the mountain. When you reach its summit, if he has not renounced
his religion, throw him off.’ They took him and brought him up the mountain
and he said, ‘O Allah, save me from them in whatever way You will.’ The
mountain shook and they fell. He walked to the king and the king said to
him, ‘What has happened to your companions?’ He said, ‘Allah Almighty saved
me from them.’ He handed him over to a group of his companions and said,
‘Take him and put him in a ship and take him to the middle of the sea.
If he does not recant, then throw him into it.’ They took him and he said,
‘O Allah, save me from them in whatever way You will.’ The ship capsized
and they were drowned. He walked back to the king and the king said to
him, ‘What has happened to your companions?’ He said, ‘Allah Almighty saved
me from them.’ He said to the king, ‘You will not kill me until you do
what I command you.’ He said, ‘What is that?’ He said, ‘You should gather
the people together on one plain and crucify me on a palm trunk. Then take
an arrow from your quiver and put the arrow in the centre of your bow and
say, “In the name of Allah, the Lord of the boy,” and then shoot it. If
you do that, you will kill me.’ So he gathered the people together on one
plain and crucified him on a trunk and then took his arrow from his quiver
and placed the arrow in the middle of the bow and then said, “In the name
of Allah, the Lord of the boy,” and then shot it and the arrow struck his
temple. He put his hand on his temple and then died. The people said, “We
believe in the Lord of the boy.” The king was brought and told, “Do you
not see that, by Allah, your fear has brought about the very thing you
were afraid of! The people have believed.” So he commanded that a trench
be dug with openings onto it and had fires lit in it. He said, ‘Throw into
it, anyone who does not renounce his religion or tell him to jump.’ They
did that until a woman came with one of her children. She hesitated to
jump into it and the child said to her, ‘Mother, be steadfast! You have
the truth.'” [Muslim]

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