Myths & Legends

The bag of sand

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

During the reign of Al-Mansour, a caliph from the dynasty of the Abassids, there was a wise judge in Baghdad named Abdullah the right one (al-Mustakim). For his impartial judgements he was respected by people and caliph alike.

One day the judge saw a woman and her son passing by. They only had a donkey and an empty bag with them. The mother was crying. After the judge stopped them she (...)

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The rabbi and the Moslem

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Once a highly respected rabbi chatted with some Jewish visitors at his house in Jerusalem. An unknown man, a Moslem, knocked at the door. The rabbi invited him to come in and asked, in Arabic, what happened. The Moslem was a shopowner. He told that his shop was visited that day by a Jewish customer. After the Jew had left a golden ring on the desk had disappeared. The Moslem said that only th(...)

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Pilgrimage (1)

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Once, during the times of the caliphates, there was a man in Damascus who wanted to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. He possessed a valuable ring which he did not want to leave unguarded. So he went to a banker and asked him to take care of the ring. The banker took a close look at the ring and saw that it was worth more than all his possessions together. So he decided to trick the pilgrim. When t(...)

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Pilgrimage (2)

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Once, during the reign of caliph Haroun al-Rashid, somebody wanted to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He left a box with money at a banker. However, when the pilgrim came back after one year, the banker refused to give the money back. The man went to the caliph to ask for his judgement. The caliph interrogated the banker:

"What did you receive from the man?"

"I received a bo(...)

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The judge Karakash

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

There used to be a judge known for his impartiality. His name was Karakash. Once he dealt with the following case. When a carpenter repaired a door a stone fell from the roof and broke his leg. He went to Karakesh, who requested the landlord to come. The landlord said that it was not his fault but the builder's. Karakesh then summoned the builder. The builder said that it was also not his fau(...)

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King Suleiman and the locusts

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Suleiman sat on his throne and invited the animals to come in. When the wolf entered, the king said "Peace be upon you," but he did not raise from his throne. When the hyena came in, he also said "Peace to you, please come in," but again he did not rise. He displayed the same disrespectful behaviour when the lion came in.

Then the little locust entered the room. Immediately the king ro(...)

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The courageous woman

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Once it happened during the Intifadah that soldiers beat up a man. Bystanders were shouting, and more and more people ran to the scene. Suddenly a woman with a baby in her arms rushed to the man who was beaten up. She nearly shouted at him: "Why is it always you who makes problems! I am fed up with you! Take this baby of yours! I don't want to ever see you again." She put the baby in the hand(...)

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