Abi Heya Al-Numairi - A Late Night Intruder
Arabian Knights - Volume 2

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Kaan Ya Makaan, Fee Qadeem Al-Zamaan…
There was a Place, in Times of Old…

Where lived a poet named Abi Heya Al-Numairi. He was a quiet man who spent most of his days writing poetry praising the famous, the rich and the powerful. Yet one night, he himself became famous...in a manner of speaking...somewhat...locally at least.

Abi Heya was the owner of a sword that many of his neighbors joked had more in common with a dull, wooden pole than a sharp, deadly sword. Abi Heya however was inordinately proud of the sword, so proud in fact that he gave it a fearsome sounding name, Luab Al-Munya. That's why when he heard a strange sound in his house late at night, he snatched up his sword, unsheathed it, and boldly went to investigate - which was something he normally wouldn't have done.

It wasn't until he was standing by the door to the room where the strange sounds were coming from, that he realized just how much danger he could be in. Gathering all the scant courage he possessed, Abi Heya called out in a loud and trembling voice, "O' you who have underestimated us! O' you who acts so bold! You have made a terrible mistake tonight!"

In the ensuing silence, Abi Heya stood still as a statue, listening and hoping that his words would be enough to frighten the intruder away. When the stealthy sounds resumed, Abi Heya took a deep, steadying breath and called out, "There is little to be stolen here! There is just a sharp sword named Luab Al-Munya that you have no doubt heard of. It is famous and merciless! But fear not, come out and I will forgive you. If you stay there, I will punish you!"

After a few moments of excruciating silence, Abi Heya decided to threaten his bold intruder with the wrath of his entire tribe, "If I tell them to, the tribe of Qais will fill the land with horses and warriors to destroy you! By God, they are numerous and skilled! And you could never run far enough away from them! You would be found and pulled down by the great tide of their warriors!"

Again there was dead silence, followed by the soft sound of someone moving around stealthily. Abi Heya was so afraid of his intruder that he felt as if his heart would beat right out of his chest. Who could be so unmoved by the threat of a sharp sword and a multitude of warriors? How fearsome was this man? Why was he here? What did he want? Was he here to rob or to murder?!

Just as Abi Heya was starting to truly panic, a strong wind blew through the house, throwing the door open before Abi Heya and revealing the steel-nerved intruder to his startled eyes: a stray dog. Just then, Abi Heya's neighbors arrived. They asked in anxious voices what the matter was and why Abi Heya had been shouting threats and was brandishing his sword.

Embarrassed at the amount of panic and fear he had shown - over a dog, no less - Abi Heya decided to try and bluff his way out of his unfortunate situation. Puffing out his chest, Abi Heya waved his hand grandly at the dog and said to it, "Thank God for transforming you into a dog, and saving me the trouble of fighting you."

With smiles, snickers and sly sideways glances, Abi Heya's neighbors shook their heads and dispersed, leaving him and the dog to gaze sheepishly at one another.

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Notes:
  1. Names, Translations and Aliases:
    • Abi Heya Al-Numairi: الشاعر أبي حيَّة النُّميري.

Sources:
  1. Ibrahim, M., Al-Mowla, M., Al-Bajawi, A. (2011 AD, 1432 H). قصص العرب [Stories of the Arabs]. Beirut: Al-Maktaba Al-Assrya. Volume4. Page 269.

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