The Little Persian,
Among the Persians there is a sect called the Sooffees, and
one of the most distinguished saints of this sect was Abdool
It is related that, in early childhood, he was smitten with the desire
of devoting himself to sacred things, and wished to go to Bagdad
to obtain knowledge. His mother gave her consent; and taking
out eighty deenars (a denomination of money used in Persia), she
told him that, as he had a brother, half of that would be all his
She made him promise, solemnly, never to tell a lie, and then
bade him farewell, exclaiming, "Go, my son; I give thee to God.
We shall not meet again till the day of judgment!"
He went on till he came near to Hamadan, when the company
with which he was travelling was plundered by sixty horsemen.
One of the robbers asked him what he had got. "Forty deenars,"
said Abdool Kauder, "are sewed under my garment." The fellow
laughed, thinking that he was joking him. "What have you got?"
said another. He gave the same answer.
When they were dividing the spoil, he was called to an eminence
where their chief stood. "What property have you, my
little fellow?" said he. "I have told two of your people already,"
replied the boy. "I have forty deenars sewed up carefully in my
clothes." The chief desired them to be ripped open, and found the
"And how came you," said he, with surprise, "to declare so
openly what has been so carefully hidden?"
"Because," Abdool Kauder replied, "I will not be false to my
mother, whom I have promised that I will never conceal the
"Child!" said the robber, "hast thou such a sense of duty to
thy mother, at thy years, and am I insensible, at my age, of the
duty I owe to my God? Give me thy hand, innocent boy," he
continued, "that I may swear repentance upon it." He did so;
and his followers were all alike struck with the scene.
"You have been our leader in guilt," said they to their chief,
"be the same in the path of virtue!" and they instantly, at his
order, made restitution of the spoil, and vowed repentance on the
hand of the boy.