Compassion and Forgiveness

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One day a prostitute passed by a street dog. The animal was panting under the hot sun, thirsty and helpless. The prostitute immediately took off her show and filled it with water from the nearest well for the dog. Then she went on her way.

The next day she ran into a Sufi who was a man of great wisdom. As soon as he saw her, he kissed her hands. She was shocked. But he told her, “her kindness toward the dog had been so genuine that all her sins had been pardoned there and then by Allah.”


—Manuscript from The Forty rules of Love by Elif Shafak


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