Travels In Arabia By  John Lewis Burckhardt

























































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Every Third Or Fourth Day He Asked For Money:

"It is not you who give it," he said; "it is God who sends it to me." Finding there was no polite mode of getting rid of him, I told him plainly, that I no longer wanted his services; language to which a Mekka delyl is not accustomed.

After three days, however, he returned, as if nothing had happened, and asked me for a dollar. "God does not move me to give you any thing," I replied; "if he judged it right, he would soften my heart, and cause me to give you my whole purse." "Pull my beard," he exclaimed, "if God does not send you ten times more hereafter than what I beg at present." "Pull out every hair of mine," I replied, "if I give you one para, until I am convinced that God will consider it a meritorious act." On hearing this he jumped up, and walked away, saying, "We fly for refuge to God, from the hearts of the proud and the hands of the avaricious." These people never speak ten words without pronouncing the name of God or Mohammed; they are constantly seen with the rosary in their hands, and mumble prayers even during conversation. This character of the metowafs is so applicable to the people of Mekka in general, that at Cairo they use the following proverb, to repress the importunity of an insolent beggar: "Thou art like the Mekkawy, thou sayest 'Give me,' and 'I am thy master.'"

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