How You Should Think Of Me

Harper's Muslims and Christians

A disciple came to Maruf Kharki and said:

“I have been talking to people about you. Jews claim that you are a Jew; Christians revere you as one of their own saints; Muslims insist that you are the greatest of all Muslims.”

Maruf answered:

“This is what humanity says in Baghdad. When I was in Jerusalem, Jews said that I was a Christian, Muslims that I was a Jew, and Christians that I was a Muslim.”

“What must we think of you, then?” the man said.

“Some do not understand me and they revere me. Others do not either, so they revile me. That is what I have come to say. You should think of me as one who has said this.”

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