WHEREVER YOU MAY BE, DEATH WILL REACH YOU, EVEN IF YOU MAY BE IN FORTRESSES BUILT UP HIGH AND STRONG

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A servant used to serve some people. So at sometime, when his employer was pregnant and was getting her labour pains, he saw a dream and therein someone said to him: Your master shall give birth to a daughter- and this daughter will commit fornication for about a hundred times- and then after, you will marry her, and she will die from a spider bite!
And (of course) he does not want to marry such a fornicator. So what happened?

Time passed, and when his mistress gave birth, it was said to him, get a knife so that we can cut the umbilical cord; so he went…( and caught the opportunity) and instead, he stabbed the stomach of the baby girl and then fled to a far land. He stayed there for twenty years and started therein trading and became amongst the rich and the famous.

Then he returned back to his land, knowing that the baby girl had died and the whole thing has been forgotten. So he returned and sought to get married. Thus he requested from an old woman, that she finds for him the most beautiful young woman in the land. And she replied: I know this young woman and she is the most beautiful in this land.

So she proposed him this woman, and he got married to her, and loved her greatly and became attached to her and so did she. After some years, she asked him about who he was, and where he came from? And he informed her of his story and what happened.

She was amazed. She replied him, I am that girl you stabbed. He says: You are the girl? She says: Yes. So he said: well then, there has to be a confirmation of that. She showed him the scar of the knife, and he realised it. So he said to her, and have you fornicated a hundred times? She replied: something like that happened, but I don’t know the exact number.

And as it happened that he had become attached to her, and love her greatly, he did not seek to separate from her. So he informed her all that had happened and also saw that your death would be through a spider. Because of his love for her, he built for her on the suburbs of the city a great palace with complete security so that he can protect her from that.

And they lived for the period they were destined to, until one day when they were sitting together, when he showed her a spider on the ceiling and said “By Allah I see a spider on the ceiling.

So she got up and said to him( belittling the spider) this is the one you say will be the reason for my death ( while knowing how weak and frail the spider is). Indeed, I will kill it before it kills me. So the man for his love, got up and took off the spider from the ceiling; wanting to kill it, but she got up and said: By Allah, there is no one who will kill it except me.

And so she stepped on it. And it happened that when she crushed it, some of the poison of the spider entered between her toenail and her flesh. So this resulted into a wound, slowly and slowly it grew, it continued until eventually caused her death.

Ganiyu Oyebanjo
Senior Special Assistant On Religious Matters to Kosofe Local Government Chairman.

Chairmanship Aspirant Kosofe Local Government

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