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It is said about Sufi Saint Junaid that while teaching his students at a congregation he was bitten by a scorpion. When the students wanted to kill the scorpion, the Saint forbade them, saying: “Do not kill the scorpion, which has followed only its inherent nature. As human beings, let us follow our own compassionate human nature and spare the life of the scorpion.”’
“There is an anecdote about a Sufi Saint Zubayr, who is reported to have become restless when he saw a tiny ant crawling in his room. His compassionate self did not rest till he had picked up the ant and put it in a box for its safety.”
(Source: K. Hussain, A Testament of Faith: One Family of God)

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