In the Name of God, the Subtle, the Loving
The years have passed, and his long-desired heir has not come. He and his wife have not been able to bear any children, and as his bones age and his hair grays, hope fades. Seeing that her husband has an ardent desire for a child, and she cannot bear him one, his loyal wife encourages him to take on another wife. Immediately, she is with child and bears him the son he has long desired. His joy is overwhelming.
Yet, hardly has the joy been expended when he takes his wife and their newborn son on a journey through the hot sands of the desert. After a long journey, the man stops at a barren valley and leaves his wife and son. Startled, she runs after him: “What are you doing?” He does not answer.
“Why are you leaving us?” He continues on without looking at her.
“There is no food, no water, no life here. Do you leave us to die?” He does not answer.
Then she says, “Did God command you thus?”
Finally, he says, “Yes.”
“Then,” she replies, “He will not lead us astray.” His wife turns away, and the man continues to the place from whence he came.
Soon, the small amount of food and drink that the man left with his family ran out, and the baby began to cry from hunger. Frantic, the mother searched near and far for any sign of food, water, or a coming caravan. There was nothing but barren and hot desert. She lost all hope and went back to watch her child die…
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