The Dissembler

  This following Arabic fable is found in al-Qazwini’s classic Wonderous Creatures It is said that once a pious man heard about a community that worshipped a tree instead of Allah. He picked up an axe and went off, intent on chopping the tree down. Satan met him on the road in the form of an old man and said to him: “Where are you going, and what do you want.” The man replied: “I want to cut down the tree that people are worshipping instead of Allah.” Satan said: “What does this have to do with you? You left … Continue reading The Dissembler