Maqrur was driven to prison, while the chief judge was forced
to have a drink after which he was held upon the shoulders of some men before
leaving the mansion. It was said that he suffered a great pain that caused him
to die and then the whole case was concealed.
The great master sent a special envoy to offer condolences
to the relatives of the judge. Afterwards, a new judge was assigned to replace
Maqrur stayed in his prison completely satisfied. He did
not believe that they were going to burn him. That is why he asked the watchman
many times, "Are you sure that I will be burnt?"
The watchman said, "I have no orders to reply to your questions,
I am your watchman not your friend, we are not supposed to chat together."
Maqrur stayed in prison for three days in which he suffered
from a state of confusion. He was distracted between two opposing feelings;
sometimes he was happy and at other times he was sad.
He believed that if they were really going to burn him,
then Allah, the Almighty accepted his repentance and decreed him to die in His
cause. Maqrur thought that if they were only threatening him then Allah had not
yet accepted his repentance.
Maqrur spent a lot of time praying and invoking His Lord to
let him see a vision that bears glad tidings to relieve him. During the third
night, Maqrur had a strange vision. He saw himself wandering in a green field
that was full of trees, fruit and streams of water. The ground was made of
musk; wherever he trod, his toes had a very pleasant smell. Then he saw a woman
who resembled his former wife whom he had left after his repentance. She walked
in front of him till they reached a garden high upon a hill where there was a
strange palace that was much more luxurious than that of the great master. The woman
pointed to the palace and said to Maqrur, "When will you come to us?"
He asked her, "Who are you?"
She then disappeared before replying to his question and he
woke up from his sleep.
When Maqrur related his vision to the watchman in the morning,
the watchman said to him, "Surely, you will die today."
Maqrur was overwhelmed by the beauty of the vision. After seeing
this dream, Maqrur cared for nothing else.