The Mercy of Allah (Classic Reprint)

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CHAPTER I ENTITLED " al-rafsat," OR THE KICK I IN the days of Abd-er-Rahman, who was among the wisest, and most glorious of the Commanders of the Faithful, there resided in the City of Bagdad an elderly merchant of such enormous wealth that his lightest expressions of opinion caused the markets of the Euphrates to fluctuate in the most alarming manner. This merchant, whose name was Mahmoud, had a brother in the middle ranks of Society, a surgeon by profession, and by name El-Hakim. To this brother he had frequently expressed a fixed determination to leave him no wealth of any kind. " It is my opinion," he would say, " that a man's first duty is to his own children, and though I have no children myself, I must observe the general rule." He was fond of dilating upon this subject whenever he came across his relative, and would discover from time to time new and still better reasons for the resolution he had arrived at.

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CONTENTS; CHAP; I " al-rafsat," OR THE KICK; II al-durar, OR THE PEARLS; III al-tawajin, or THE PIPKINS ; IV al-kantara, OR THE BRIDGE V · milh; OR " SALT "; VI al-wukala, OR " THE LAWYERS"; VII ghana mat, OR THE SHEEP; VIII al-bustan, OR THE ORCHARD ; IX CAMELS AND DATES; X al-hisan, OR THE HORSE ; XI al-wali, OR THE HOLY ONE; XII THE NEW QUARTER OF THE CITY; XIII THE MONEY MADE OF PAPER; XIV THE PEACE OF THE SOUL

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.

Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the difficult to read text.

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First published in 1922, The Mercy of Allah describes the civilization of the Arabs through the extraordinary tales a wealthy grandfather relates to his beloved grandchildren.

These richly textured stories show how this prosperous Arab deceived his own countrymen to gain great fortunes, while also demonstrating the richness of Arab culture through the ages. The cultural standards described are still quite common in the Middle East. Mahmoud's saga points out the contrasts between Western and Eastern attitudes toward trade, banking, and human relations.

And, of course, we see the central roles that religion and family play in everyday Arab life.

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