Thief of Bagdad
- [While blind and reduced to begging]
Oh ye whom Allah gave the gift of sight,
To fill your eyes with beauty and delight,
Spare me a thought to whom your wondrous world is but a city of eternal night.
Alms for the love of Allah.
- Mortals are weak and frail. If their stomach speaks, they forget their brains. If their brain speaks, they forget their hearts. And if their hearts speak, hahahahaha, if their hearts speak, they forget everything!
- [King Ahmad goes among his people incognito and chances upon a story-teller.]
- Story-teller: It is told, though Allah is wiser or more merciful, there was in the past of the ages, a king among kings, a master of arms and of armies, of vassals and auxiliaries. And this master of time and people was an oppressor to both, and the earth was as pitch in the faces of his subjects and his slaves, and they groaned together in secret.
- Ahmad [to a listener]: What's he saying?
- Listener [suspicious]: Why...I don't know.
- Ahmad: Is it the king he's talking about?
- Listener: Don't ask questions. There are spies everywhere. You must be careful in Bagdad.
- Story-teller [continuing]: And they groaned together in secret and were slain in the marketplace. But a wise man among the sated of Bagdad comforted them with a prophecy, saying, in the fullness of years, a liberator shall come upon you. And this shall be the sign of him: He shall be the lowest of the low and you shall look for him in the clouds. And the people cry, we shall look for him in the clouds indeed, for if the great are powerless to save us from this tyrant, how can one of no account avail? And the reader of the Milky Way replied, have faith, trust in Allah, for there, one day in the blue, you shall see a boy, the lowest of the low, mounted upon a cloud. But the cloud shall be as strong as the hills beneath the snow and, from the ranges of the sky, he shall destroy this tyrant with the arrow of justice.
- Another listener: What is the name of the tyrant?
- Various others in the audience: Ahmad. Ahmad. Ahmad.
- Abu: Does the world have a roof?
- Genie: Of course! Supported by seven pillars, and the seven pillars are set on the shoulders of a genie whose strength is beyond thought, and the genie stands on an eagle, and the eagle on a bull, and the bull on a fish, and the fish swims in the sea of eternity.