Jesus (a.s.) & His Travelling Companion

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

It is said that, once, a man accompanied Jesus (a.s.), son of Mary (a.s.).  He said, “I will be with you and will accompany you.”  So, they set off and came to the bank of a river and sat down to breakfast; and they had three loaves.  They ate two loaves, and a third loaf was left over.

Then, Jesus (a.s.) rose up and went to the river and drank, after which he returned, but did not find the loaf; so, he asked the man, “Who took the loaf?”

He replied, “I do not know.”

Then he set off with his companion and saw a gazelle with two of her young.  Jesus (a.s.) called one of them and it came to him; then he cut its throat and roasted part of it, and he and that man ate.  Then he said to the young gazelle, “Rise, by the Permission of God.” When it rose and went away, he said to the man, “I ask you by Him Who has Shown you this sign, who took the loaf?”

Again, he replied, “I do not know.”

Afterwards they came to a wadi with water in it and Jesus (a.s.) took the man’s hand and they walked on the water.  When they had crossed, Jesus (a.s.) said to him, “I ask you by Him Who has Shown you this sign, who took the loaf?”

He still replied, “I do not know.”

Then, they came to a desert and sat down, and Jesus (a.s.) began to collect earth and a heap of sand, after which he said, “Become gold, by the Permission of God.”  It became gold, and he divided it into three parts and said, “A third is for me, a third for you, and a third for him who took the loaf.”

Then, he said, “I am the one who took the loaf.”

Jesus (a.s.) said, “It is all yours.”  Jesus (a.s.) then left he thief.

While still with his gold, two men came to him in the desert and wished to take it from him and kill him.  He said to them, “It is among us in thirds; so, send one of you to the village to buy food for us to eat.”

One of them went to the village.  On the way, he who was sent said to himself, “Why should I divide this wealth with these men?  I shall put poison in this food and kill them and take the wealth myself.”  So, he poisoned the food.

The two men left behind had a conversation; they thought, “Why should we give this man a third of the wealth?  When he returns, we shall kill him, and divide the wealth between us.”

And so it was, that when the man returned with the food, they killed him and ate the food.  They were poisoned and died; and that wealth remained in the desert with those three men lying dead beside it.  Then Jesus (a.s.) passed them in that condition and said to his companions, “This is the world; so beware of it.”


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