Maqrur and Pharaoh"s relative soon became friends.
After a few moments of their acquaintance they were talking and laughing
together. The Egyptian man was so amiable and Cultured. He acquired profound
knowledge about the peoples' conditions and cultures.
Maqrur listened to the man's story with Pharaoh and then he
asked him, "What did Pharaoh say when he heard what you had said?"
The believing man laughed and said, "Pharaoh looked at
me with great anger and he said, 'I show you only that which I see correct, and
I guide you only to the path of right policy.' Are not those the same words of
the tyrants everywhere and at any time?"
Maqrur related to his new friend his story with Masrur. Maqrur
told his friend how Masrur used to call himself the great master and how he
forced his people to worship him just as Pharaoh had done, when he told his
people that he is their superior lord.
The two friends then went on talking and the Egyptian man said
to Maqrur, "The magicians of Pharaoh arrived a few days ago and they live
in palaces near here. I would like so much to introduce you to them. I am sure
you will like their company."
Maqrur asked, "What magicians?"
The Egyptian believer said, "Oh, it seems that you
lived in an era before ours. Well, those magicians were gathered by Pharaoh to
make the magic of Musa of no effect but instead they Prostrated to Musa's God.
As a result of this, Pharaoh killed them, cut their arms and legs and crucified
them. He tore them into pieces, that was the apparent case. However, he did not
know that by this action he sent them to Paradise and he himself to Hell-fire
with his viziers and leaders of the soldiers. He thought himself a
Maqrur thought of his words and he said, "You are
right. All the tyrants in the world were foolish and stubborn. They destroyed
everything thinking they are doing a good thing. I wonder what those tyrants
are doing now in Hell-fire. How can they bear its fire that is never
The Egyptian believer said, "Let us have a look at
them without rejoicing at their misfortune. Look!"