Knowing Majnun had come to see her and was living among the beggars, Layla sent her maid with baskets of food to give him.
But another beggar, greedy for food, said, "I'm Majnun!"
He ate the food, and Majnun said nothing.
The beggar grew fat on Layla's gifts, day after day.
Majnun said nothing.
The maid told Layla that Majnun thanked her kindly. "He's starting to get quite fat," she added.
"That doesn't sound like Majnun!" Layla said.
Then the maid told her about the silent one. "He is sad, and never speaks."
"That one is my Majnun!" Layla cried.
Inspired by: Big Tales by Hazrat Inayat Khan, compiled and edited by Mansur Johnson. the Hazrat Inayat Khan Study Database.
Notes: This is a story in Part 1 of the book: Majnun and Leila. You can find out more about the love story of Layla and Majnun at Wikipedia.