THE CALIPH HARUN AL-RASHID AND THE THREE SLAVE-GIRLS



The Caliph Harun al-Rashid once slept with three slave-girls, a Meccan, a Medinite and an Irakite.  The Medinah girl put her hand to his yard and handled it, whereupon it rose and the Meccan sprang up and drew it to herself.  Quoth the other, “What is this unjust aggression?  A tradition was related to me by Málik [FN#117] after Al-Zuhri, after Abdallah ibn Sálim, after Sa’íd bin Zayd, that the Apostle of Allah (whom Allah bless and keep!) said:  ‘Whoso enquickeneth a dead land, it is his.’  And the Meccan answered, “It is related to us by Sufyán, from Abu Zanád, from Al-A’araj, from Abu Horayrah, that the Apostle of Allah said: ‘The quarry is his who catcheth it, not his who starteth it.’”  But the Irak girl pushed them both away and taking it to herself, said, “This is mine, till your contention be decided.”  And they tell a tale of




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