Download PDF: The Company of a Fool (Story Selected from the Masnavi of Rumi)

Once, Hazrat Isa – peace be upon him – was seen walking fast towards a mountain.  A man called him from a distance and asked, “O Allah’s Messenger!  Where are you going at the moment and what’s bothering you?  I do not even see any enemy following you.”

Hazrat ‘Isa – peace be upon him – replied, “I am running away from a fool, do not disturb.”

He then said, “Are you not the very Messiah by whose blessings, even the blind and deaf get cured?”  He replied, “Yes, I am the one.”

He said, “Are you not the very king appointed by Allah Almighty that if you recite Allah’s words, even the dead come to life?”  He said, “Yes, I am the one.”

He then said, “Are you not the one who can make a statue of a bird from clay and then blow on it, and it begins to fly into space?”  He replied, “Yes, I am the one.”

He asked in surprise, “If Allah Almighty has granted you so much power then what do you fear?”

Hazrat ‘Isa – peace be upon him – replied, “I swear by the Lord that when I recited His greatest Name on the deaf and blind they got cured, when I recited it on the mountains, even they moved, the dead came to life but I recited the same on the fools a million times and it did have an impact on them.”

He asked, “Why is that so?  Isn’t foolishness also a kind of ailment?”

He replied, “Yes, but it’s only cure is Allah’s wrath.”

 

Moral:

  • Loneliness is better the company of a fool