Some sort of relief took place after the chief judge
altered his words and returned to his usual carefulness. The chief judge tried
to take his cup of wine without shivering but he failed.
The guests went on ridiculing the notion of being
resurrected after death.
Listening to their dialogue, Masrur felt great disdain. In
spite of the fact that they were mocking the notion of resurrection, judgment
and reckoning, he said, "You gentlemen, you are talking like young boys.
What did you do then to prevent danger?"
The grand vizier said, "What danger?"
Masrur ignored the question of the grand vizier and addressed
the spymaster asking him, "What did the man say?"
The spymaster replied, "That we will be raised again
from death to stand in front of only One God to reckon our deeds."
Masrur smiled and said, "That means that the man denies
our gods, thus, there is a clear conspiracy."
The attendants reclined in their chairs. They were stricken
by his words that were dropped upon them like a thunderbolt.
Very quickly, compared to the rest of the attendants, the chief
of the night watchmen said, "My master, this idea occurred to me before.
We attentively observed Maqrur for successive days and we noticed that he has
no relations with anybody. In spite of this we are still observing him. The man
lives in a hut that is too weak to resist even the wind. Thusly, the door is
open most of the time. We easily watch him from that door. The actual problem
that we faced was our inability to know how people think. Consequently, we will
not be able to delve deep within Maqrur's mind. We will loose nothing if we
Masrur said, "O! You want to wait till he sets the
whole system of the empire on fire. This system is the one that had chosen you
to be the protectors and defenders against its enemies. Is not it the system
that feeds you, shelters you and provides you with great authority to protect
it? You are waiting till Maqrur himself takes his own steps first, after that
you will start to move. This means that your steps will become subordinate to
his. This is a great fault and total negligence on your part. Your steps should
be the first and you should be the ones who initiate action."