Bahlool And Graveyards

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Bahlool liked to visit the graveyards. “People here are good friends“, he used to say, “They do not backbite.

Once, he sat in a corner of a graveyard and with a long heavy stick started probing some of the old skulls which lay scattered about. Abbasid Caliph Haroon Al-Rashid passed by, and saw him said: O Bahlool, what are you doing?

Oh nothing very important, said Bahlool. I am just trying to find out whether the skulls belong to Caliphs or paupers. They are all the same.
And what is the stick for, Abbasid Caliph Haroon Al-Rashid asked.

Well, I am measuring the earth, Bahlool replied.

Measuring the earth? What are your findings? Abbasid Caliph Haroon Al-Rashid joked !!

It is equal and the same, O Caliph !! Bahlool retorted. Three arm lengths for me, in spite of my poverty and three arm lengths for you, in spite your pomp and wealth.

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