Jesus (a.s.) & the Swine

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The poet, Shaykh Sa’adi ash-Shirazi (q.s.) said, “When Jesus was in school, he used to tell the boys what their fathers were doing; and he would say to a boy, ‘Go home, for your people have been eating such and such and have prepared such and such for you and they are eating such and such.’  So, the boy would go home to his people and would cry until they gave him that thing.

Then they would ask him, ‘Who told you about this?’

And he would say, ‘Jesus.’

So, they shut away their boys from him and said, ‘Do not play with this magician.’  So, they gathered them in a house, and Jesus came looking for them.  Then they said, ‘They are not here.’

He asked them, ‘Then what is in this house?’

They replied, ‘Swine.’

He said, ‘Let them be swine.’  So, when they opened the door for them, they were swine.  That spread among the people, and the Children of Israel were troubled about it.  So, when his mother was afraid concerning him, she put him on an ass of hers and went in flight to Egypt.”


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