Sheikh Saadi

Story 11 – The Manners Of Kings – Gulistaan-e-Sa.Adii

A dervish, whose prayers met with answers, made his appearance, and Hejaj Yusuf, calling him, said: ‘Utter a good prayer for me’, whereon the dervish exclaimed: ‘O God, take his life.’ He replied: ‘For God’s sake, what prayer is this?’ the dervish rejoined: ‘It is a good prayer for thee and for all Musalmans.’

O tyrant, who oppressest thy subjects,

How long wilt thou persevere in this?

Of what use is authority to thee?

to die is better for thee than to oppress men.

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