This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...blasphemous, for, God hath said thus in the Qoran:--,,,,$? f $'jf&j jlUj AJJ( jj£ i j " and you remember the Great God, He will remember you." little attentive here, and listen to the particulars of this unhappy one. To this adventure of mine lend your ears a little and hearken, The sky has upsetf me, listen! Whatever hardships have befallen me, I am describing them. Do you listen from end to end. O friends! the county of YamanJ is my birth-place, and the land of nativity of my ancestors. The father of this wretched one was a prince of traders,§ a great merchant, named Khwaja Ahmad. At that time no banker or merchant was equal to him. In most cities factories and agents for the buying and selling (of goods) were established, and several lakhs of Rupees in cash, and articles of various countries were to be found in his house. At his house two children were born: one is this beggar, who, dressed in a mendicant's robe and necklace of thread, is present (before you) spiritual guides, and speaking; the other is a sister, whom my father, in his life-time, had given in marriage to a merchant's son of another country. She was living in her father-in-law's house. In short, in whose house there was so much wealth and one son, what limit is there to his fondness and love? I, the beggar, was brought up with great endearment under the shadow of my parents, and began to learn reading, writing, the skill and arts of soldiery, also the ledgers, account books and diaries of trading. Till fourteen years (my days) passed away in great pleasure and carelessness. No anxiety of the world entered into my mind. All of a sudden, in the very same year my parents died by the decree of God. A strange kind of grief it was, which I am unable to...
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