<center>Dawud al-Ta’i:ra: Taken from the translation of tadhkiratul awlia by A.J Arberry Harun al-Rashid asked Abu Yusof to take him to visit Dawud. Abu Yusof went to Dawud’s house, but was refused admission. He begged Dawud’s mother to intercede. “Admit him,” his mother pleaded. “What business have I with worldlings and evildoers?” Dawud replied, refusing to comply. “I implore you, by the right of my milk, admit him,” his mother said. “O God,” said Dawud, “Thou hast said, ‘Observe the right of thy mother, for My good pleasure is in her good pleasure.’ Otherwise, what business have I with them? He then granted audience. They entered and seated themselves. Dawud began to preach, and Harun wept copiously. When he withdrew, he put down a gold moidore. “This is hallowed,” he said. “Remove it,” Dawud said. “I have no need of it. I sold a house which was mine by hallowed inheritance, and live on the proceeds. I have asked God that when that money is spent He shall take my soul, so that I may not be in need of any man. I am hopeful that God has answered my prayer.” Harun and Abu Yusof then returned to the palace. Abu Yusof went to see the keeper of the purse. “How much is left of Dawud’s money?” he asked. “Two dirhams,” the keeper replied. “He has been spending a silver penny daily.” Abu Yusof calculated. Another day, standing with his back to the prayer-niche, he announced, “Today Dawud has died.” Enquiry was made, and it was found to be so. “How did you know?” they asked. “I calculated from his expenditure that today nothing remained to him,” Abu Yusof explained. “I knew that his prayer would be answered.” inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon !