In a distant land, it is said that a king sentenced three innocent souls to death. They were taken to a place where a massive wooden scaffold stood, adorned with a towering minaret constructed of stones and a colossal, sturdy wheel hung from thick ropes.
The wheel was fastened with robust chains, and when pulled, it would hoist a hefty stone to a great height before releasing it, crushing anything beneath it.
Among the condemned were a sage, a lawyer, and a philosopher.
First, the “sage” was laid on the spot designated for the falling stone. When asked for his final wish, he calmly stated, “I have unwavering faith in Allah. He alone holds the power over life and death. Say nothing more.”
As the lever was pulled, the stone plummeted with force, but to everyone’s astonishment, the sage remained unharmed. It was his profound faith that spared his life, and the rope was swiftly pulled back up.
Next was the turn of the “lawyer.” He too was placed on the scaffold. When asked for his last desire, he declared, “I am an advocate of truth and justice. Here, as elsewhere, justice will prevail.”
Again, the lever was pulled, and the stone descended. Yet, like the sage before him, the lawyer emerged untouched. The rope was pulled once more, and he was returned to safety.
Finally, it was the “philosopher’s” turn. He lay on the scaffold, awaiting his fate. When asked for his final wish, he uttered, “Neither Allah saved the sage, nor justice the lawyer.”
Upon close inspection, it was observed that a knot on the rope hindered the wheel’s movement, preventing the stone from falling entirely. This unnoticed detail had spared the previous two lives.
Hearing the philosopher’s words, the onlookers were in awe. They untangled the knot, and the stone plummeted with full force, ending the philosopher’s life.
This tale reminds us that even with profound knowledge, sometimes it is wisdom to remain silent. In our quest for truth and justice, we must not overlook the smallest of details. In the end, it is the combination of faith, justice, and wisdom that truly guides us through life’s trials.