Historical Tales and Anecdotes of the Time of the Early Khalifahs/The witty Arab

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TT? L-MANSUR was preaching one day at Damas-*-^ cus, and said, " O ye people ! it is incumbent upon you to give praise to the Most High, that He has given me to reign over you. For verily since I began to reign over you He has taken away the plague which had come amongst you." But a certain Arab cried out to him, "Of a truth Allah is too merciful to give us both thee and the plague at one time!"