Mohammad was a well known, honest and rich businessman living in a beautiful city called Al-Adibiyah. He lived a comfortable life with his loving wife and children.
One day, a band of invading Mongols attacked the city from the western seas. Anyone they caught was slaughtered. Everything they knew use for was pillaged. Anything they did not know use for was burnt.
Mohammad, his family, and some of his friends survived and escaped in the cover of night to a neighboring village, Al-Ayn. People in Al-Ayn was furious over the attack. They spent day and night discussing how disgusting the affairs of the Mongol were.
Mohmmad’s companions found shelter on the other side of the river al-Ayn. They were not allowed into the city. We don’t have enough supplies- the village elders said.
In their own discussions, they said to themselves- if we let Mohammad and his friends stay, they will never think about going back. They will share our bread. We are already fighting over what we have. We want more than what we have. If we let him in, we’ll have to manage with less.
So Mohammad’s family and friend stayed on the outskirts of the village for the next year. That winter, the Mongols moved in and killed everyone in the village of al-Ayn. Mohammad’s family was not spared this time.
This is not a true story. But it could be.