Layla needed her maid to find Majnun among the beggars, so she devised a test.
"Take this knife and tell them: Layla is ill, and Majnun's blood is the only medicine that can cure her."
Seeing the knife, Majnun didn't hesitate. "Blood means nothing; I would give my life for her."
But when he went to cut himself, not even a drop of blood came out. He had starved himself so long that he was only skin and bone.
Finally, he was able to draw forth a single drop.
"That's all I have left," he said. "It is for her."
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.
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