During the reign of Abdullah the Third, there was a great drought in Baghdad. The Muslim doctors issued a decree that the prayers of the faithful should be offered up for rain; the drought continued.
The Jews were then permitted to add their prayers; the supplications of both were ineffectual. As famine stared them in the face, those dogs, the Christians, were finally asked to pray. It so happened that immediately torrents of rain followed.
The whole conclave was now as indignant at the cessation of the drought as they were before alarmed at its continuance. Some explanations were necessary to the people, as follows:
"The God of our Prophet was highly gratified by the prayers of the faithful which were as sweet-smelling savors to Him. He refused their requests in order to prolong the pleasure of listening to their prayers; but the prayers of those Christian infidels were an abomination to Him, and He granted their petitions the sooner to be rid of their loathsome importunities."
— Colton — (Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations)
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