Qays loved Layla, and she loved him.
But the greatness of Qays' love made him act strangely, and people started calling him "madman" - Majnun.
Majnun's parents begged Layla's family to let them marry.
Layla's parents agreed, provided Majnun wasn't really mad.
When they went to visit Layla's family, her little dog ran out to greet them.
Seeing her dog, Majnun was overcome with emotion. "This is Layla's dog!" he thought. He fell to the ground, kissing the dog's feet. "My love, my love!" he groaned.
"He really is Majnun!" shouted Layla's parents, and they promised her in marriage to another.
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.