Part 15 - How the Christians let themselves be duped by the vizier

    363   Myriads of Christian men gathered round him, little by little, in his abode, 364   (While) he secretly expounded to them the mysteries of Gospel and girdle and...


Part 15 - How the Christians let themselves be duped by the vizier

 

 

363

 

Myriads of Christian men gathered round him, little by little, in his abode,

364

 

(While) he secretly expounded to them the mysteries of Gospel and girdle and prayer.

365

 

Outwardly he was a preacher of (religious) ordinances, but inwardly he was (as) the whistle and snare (of the fowler).

366

 

On this account some Companions (of Mohammed) begged of the Prophet (that he would acquaint them with) the deceitfulness of the ghoul-like soul,

367

 

Saying, “What of hidden selfish interests does it mingle in acts of worship and in pure spiritual devotion?”

368

 

They were not seeking from him excellence of piety; they were inquiring where lay the outward defect.

369

 

Hair by hair, speck by speck, they were recognising the deceitfulness of the fleshly soul as (plainly as the difference of) the rose from parsley.

370

 

Even the hair-splitters (the most scrupulous) of the Companions used to become distraught in spirit at the (Prophet's) admonition to them (the inquirers).

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