Masrur winked to the lasher who immediately raised his lash
and whipped the back of Maqrur. The lash whistled and fell upon his clothes
tearing them to pieces. It left its bloodied mark upon his back.
Maqrur suffered anguish all through his body but he tried
as much as he could to tolerate it and said to himself, "Praise be to Allah.
Who knows that such torture may atone for my past sins."
The spymaster bent towards Masrur and whispered something
in his ear. Thus, Masrur signaled to the lasher to stop whipping him.
The spymaster turned to Maqrur and said to him, "The
great master does not ask you about your previous life; it does not matter to
him. He asks about your present crime. If you really want to save your life
then you should talk. Do not you want to save your life?"
Maqrur said, "Yes indeed, I have committed too many
sins. What are you asking about exactly?"
Masrur said, "Your most violent one!"
Maqrur said, "I have been remiss in worshipping Allah.
I have lived my whole life as a sinful disobedient slave and it was only ten
years since I have returned to Allah, the Almighty. How shall I know whether He
accepted my repentance or not? On the Day of Resurrection and Reckoning
everything will be known, but knowledge on such a Day will be useless, if Allah
does not accept my repentance. Sir, these are my sins and my fears as
Masrur said, "You admit that there is a God other than
our gods and say that we will be raised after death. Do not you say that?"
Matjrur replied, "Yes, certainly!"
Masrur said, "If we perish and turn into dust shall we
be raised again?"
Maqrur smiled and said, "Do not you know that Allah
the Omnipotent can easily revive the dead? We were actually dead and Allah gave
us life, then He will cause us to die then bring us to life again. Do you doubt
such facts! Where were you, great master before? Were not you dead and Allah,
the Almighty revived you?"
Masrur disrupted his speech and said, "Stop talking,
the accusation is evident. What does the chief judge decide?"
The chief judge said, "The accused is innocent. What
he said is verily true." At Masrur shouted furiously, "The chief
judge has gone mad, both of them are to be burnt, or wait