While Masrur was suffering the agonies of death, Maqrur was
being tied to a wooden column in a crematorium, which was prepared for him. He
was to be burnt. At first, Maqrur was terrified when he was about to enter the
fire but then unexpectedly, he encountered a strange being standing in front of
He was told, "Do not be afraid! Come on, you will not
feel any pain and you will not die."
Maqrur asked quietly, "Who are you?"
"I came to you bearing glad tidings," came the
"What are those glad tidings? Are you the angel of
Maqrur said, "If I am going to be burnt to death, does
this mean that Allah has accepted my repentance?"
The angel said, "You will not be burnt to death, your
life will end before the fire reaches you."
"I wish I could be burnt in the cause of Allah."
"Do not despair! You are welcomed in the Hereafter. So
grieve no longer."
Suddenly everything was become clear to Maqrur. His senses
returned and he felt the sweat smell of basil. As soon as the face of the angel
of death presented himself, Maqrur's spirit left his body, and his soul
remained alive and contemplated the beautiful face of the angel of death.
The executioner of the crematorium cried out addressing the
commander of the prison, "Sir, the accused has died. Shall we burn
The commander of the prison said, "It seems that he
was afraid, so pour some water upon his face to wake him up then burn him.
After that bury him in the tomb of the prison."
At the same moment, the angel of death finished taking the soul
of Masrur and the movement of his body faded away. One of the maids started to
wail. So the grand vizier ordered her to leave the room as well as all the
attendants. Only the spymaster and the chief of the night watchmen remained.
Being alone in the room with them he said, "People
will say that the great master has died. This is not true, tell them that he has
gone somewhere and will return after a while. Now, you have to bury the corpse
secretly within the tomb of the prison and the master's marble tomb should stay
empty so as to convince people that he is still alive."
Late at night, the spymaster as well as the chief of the
night watchmen carried the corpse in total secrecy and put it near to that of
Maqrur, which had been placed there a few minutes before.
Ironically, Masrur and Maqrur were buried together within the
same tomb and the door was closed.
Nevertheless, the grand vizier announced that the reign of
the great master continued.