The Brother of the
my brother was sitting in his shop one day sewing.
He raised his head
and saw a goddess like the rising
full moon, at a projecting window of the house, looking at the people
As soon as he beheld
the radiant beauty of her
face he felt desire.
He passed that day steeling gazes at the
window wishing her to reappear.
The next day after he began to sew he
became entranced in the reverie of
desire and failed to sew enough to earn a piece of cooper.
On the third day his eyes met hers and a sly
smile crossed her face.
She vanished but soon her slave girl
appeared at his door, "My mistress saluteth thee, and
desireth thee to cut out for
her, with the hand of
skill, a shirt of this silk piece, and to sew it beautifully."
cut out for her the shirt, and finished sewing it that day.
following day the slave girl came to him again, "My mistress saluteth thee, and
saith to thee, How didst thou pass the night? She tasted not
sleep, from her passion
She then placed before him a piece of yellow satin, "My
mistress desireth thee to cut out for her, of this piece, making two pairs of
trousers this day."
"Salute her with abundant salutations, and say to
her, thy slave is submissive to thine
He busied himself cutting and diligently sewing two pairs
Bye and bye the woman looked out at him from the window,
At nightfall he delivered into the hands of the slave
girl the trousers.
On the following day, the master of the house came to
my brother, bringing some linen, and said to him, "Cut out and make this into
shirts for me."
The husband asked, "How much is thy hire for
My brother answered not.
For three days he continued
scarcely eating or drinking anything, in his diligence to accomplish his work,
and when he had finished it, he went to deliver the shirts.
knew not that the wife and husband plotted to enslave him by marrying him to
their slave girl.
Told by the slave girl his mistress would meet him in
the mill he entered the mill and waited until the appointed time of
At midnight the miller appeared, "Verily this bull is
lazy, while there is a
great quantity of wheat, and
the owners of the flour are demanding it.
yoke him in the mill that
he may finish the grinding of the flour".
So he yokes my brother
onto the mill where he turnes the mill stone until morning when the slave girl
reappeares saying, "My mistress is in
distress by this which hath
As the slave girl and my brother leave the house
several onlookers stare.
As my brother returns to his shop the sheykh
appears sealing the marriage contract, "May God prolong thy life! May thy
marriage be blessed!"
Husband and Parrot
There was a merchant with a jealous
disposition who had a wife endowed with
striking beauty who prevented him from leaving his home for fear she would
take up with another.
Business events obliged him to make a
He went to the market in which birds were sold, and bought a
parrot, to act as a spy.
This parrot was intelligent and
remembered whatever she
Returning from the
journey he queried the
parrot regarding the conduct of his wife.
The parrot answered, "Thy wife
has a lover, who visited her every night
during thy absence."
Hearing this he fell into
a violent rage and severely beat his
His wife imagined a female slave had been an
She called them together but they all swore they had not told
their master anything of the matter but finally confessed they had heard the
parrot relate to him all that had passed.
Having established on the
testimony of the slaves the intrigue of the parrot she ordered one of these
slaves to grind with a hand mill under the cage, another to sprinkle
water from above, and a third to move
a mirror from side to side before a
candle when her lover was present.
Upon being questioned the parrot
answered, '0 my master, I could neither see
nor hear anything, on account of
the excessive darkness, and thunder, and lightning, and rain.'
The merchant sat pondering, 'What strange words are these? It is now
summer, when nothing of what thou
hast described ever happens.'
The parrot calling on
Allah claimed truthful speech but the
merchant, being unaware of the plot, became violently enraged, took
the parrot from the cage and threw her down upon the ground killing her.
After some days, one of his female slaves informed him of the
The merchant then greviously mourned the loss of the parrot
wrongly killed and lied in wait slaying his wife and her lover after catching
For this they all three end up burning in
Thousand and One Nights, Persian origin, re-written in
ever heard of someone lighting a lamp and then covering it up to keep it from
No, lamps are mounted in the open where they can be seen.
This illustrates the fact that some day everything shall be brought to
light and made plain to all.
So be careful how you listen; for whoever
has, to him shall be given more; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks
he has shall be taken away from him." -
Aladdin was a street urchin whose lazy ways were the
death of his father and the despair of his mother.
an evil magician gave him a
magic ring and attempted to deceive him into retrieving a magical lamp, but
Aladdin foiled his trick, saved his own skin, and emerged with the lamp to
boot, along with some jewels which he initially thought were fruit.
When his mother polished the lamp, a genie emerged.
asked him for food, which the genie delivered instantly on 12 silver plates on
a large silver platter.
Used to living from hand to mouth, Aladdin sold
the plates one by one as they needed money.
Addressing himself to a Jew
whom he met in the streets, he took him aside, and pulling out the plate, asked
him if he would buy it.
The cunning Jew took the dish, examined it, and
as soon as he found that it was good silver, asked Aladdin at how much he
Thinking Aladdin knew not the full value of what he offered
to sell, the Jew took a piece of gold out of his purse and gave it
Over time Aladdin sold the twelve dishes singly, as necessity
pressed, to the Jew each for a piece of gold.
When all the money was
spent, Aladdin had recourse again to the lamp.
"I am hungry," said
Aladdin. "Bring me something
The genie delivered instantly 12 silver plates on a large
On his way to sell another plate to the Jew Aladdin
passed by a goldsmith shop.
"My lad, I imagine that you have something to
sell to the Jew, whom I often see you visit. Perhaps you do not know that he is
the greatest rogue even among the Jews. I will give you the full worth of what
you have to sell, or I will direct you to other merchants who will not cheat
This offer induced Aladdin to pull his plate from under his vest
and show it to the goldsmith.
"My son, by showing you the value of this
plate, which is of the finest silver we use in our shops, I will let you see
how much the Jew has cheated you."
The goldsmith took a pair of scales,
weighed the dish, and assured him that his plate would fetch by weight sixty
pieces of gold, which he offered to pay down immediately.
thanked him for his fair dealing, and never went back to the Jew.
day Aladdin caught a glimpse of the princess and sent his mother to ask for her
She took the jewel-fruits with her, and when the sultan saw them
all a-glitter, he was inclined to agree, but his vizier, who wanted to give his
own son a chance to compete, suggested a delay.
The king told Aladdin's
mother to come back in three months, but then, two months later, an
announcement was made of the princess's marriage to the vizier's son.
Thereupon, Aladdin called upon his genie to whisk away the wedding bed
- bride, groom and all.
The genie did that for three nights,
returning it each morning, and the frightful trips convinced the groom to
relinquish his hold on the princess.
The sultan demanded a high price
which Aladdin was able to deliver with help from the genie, who carried him to
court amidst great riches and built a grand palace for the princess.
Aladdin prospered, but--alas!-- his elaborate display caught the
attention of the evil magician again.
While Aladdin was away from home,
the magician disguised himself and walked by Aladdin's palace calling, "New
lamps for old," and the princess willingly traded away Aladdin's old lamp.
That night the magician used it
to carry the palace, princess and all to
day Aladdin was taken to the sultan and told to find the princess or lose his
After three days of searching, he accidentally rubbed his magic
ring, calling a genie who took him to Africa to the hideaway.
they devised a plot to poison the magician, then they stole back the lamp and
returned home, where her father celebrated their return with feasting for ten
After this, Aladdin and the princess lived in happiness to the
end of their days.
Tale of the Three
A freeman wrongly
murders his wife,
cuts her into pieces and throws her into
the river Tigris, deceived
by a foul mouth thieving slave.
An old man tugging a fishing net laments
being unable to haul in his net.
Wazir Ja'afar commands his slaves haul
in the net in which is a heavy chest.
Its contents are a carpet, a woman's mantilla and - a dismembered
Caliph Harun al-Rashid commands Wazir Ja'afar to question the
local common folk to find the murderer within three days.
tasked to find the murderer within three days, fails.
Three days grace
the Caliph commands Wazir Ja'afar be decapitated with
thirty-eight members of his
extended family for not unveiling the murderer.
Ja'afar is about to be decapitated a mature and an ancient man both enter the
court shouting and proclaiming murder.
The mature freeman gives details
about the contents of the chest.
He begins spinning a tale about
the woman that was his wife.
she fell ill of
malnutrition and asked
him for an apple.
Not finding apples locally he traveled to bring
three apples to his wife.
But she had grown weaker and now could not
eat the apples.
Three days later he observed a slave with an apple and
A loitering slave claimed
his mistress gave him the apple for
Upon hearing this he flew into a blood rage, cut her
throat, dismembered her, packed the pieces in a chest and threw it in the
When his head clears he finds his son crying in
a corner of the room.
His son tells his father his mother had given him one of apples and he
A slave saw him, knocked him down and stole the
He was ashamed to have lost such a precious apple so never
the deception the man had fallen
into shock for the last five days.
He begs the Caliph to kill him
for the insanely jealous murder of his
The Caliph, being a wise judge educated in the ways of the
Prophet, sees the mature man is
speaking truth and has been the victim of false testimony.
Caliph recognizes the ancient man is a elder member of Wazir Ja'afar extended
family attempting to save his family, chuckles under his breath, and sends the
old man away claiming he is obviously feeble.
The Caliph spares the
freman's life and commands Wazir Ja'afar to find the slave and if he does not
find him in three days, again, Ja'afar will be killed.
Knowing he cannot
fulfil this task Ja'afar awaits his fate for
Biding farewell to his family a rare apple is served which
his daughter relates as a purchase from a neighbor's slave.
Ja'afar remands the slave to the Caliph Harun al-Rashid.
The thieving slave tricked the husband so as not to be found
out as a thief.
The thieving slave had
nothing to lose by
lying and no choice as
a slave is useless
without hands and always put
The slave is summarily decapitated.
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