Once upon a time there has been a man who named all of his three sons with the name of “Abdullah”, the story goes. Days passed by and as the man laid on his bed dying. Before breathing his last breath, he told his sons: Abdullah inherits (gets his share of the inheritance), Abdullah does not inherit and Abdullah inherits. No sooner that he uttered these words than he died. The three brothers felt so perplexed as to how they might solve this puzzle? So, they decided to seek the advice of the town’s judge.
Indeed. The three sons took their way to the judge. While in their way, they encountered a man looking for something lost. The man stopped them and asked whether they have seen his female camel. He told them that he has lost his female camel and does not know where it is now, asking them whether or not they have seen it in their way.
The first Abdullah asked the man: Is your camel one-eyed? The man answered: Yes, yes it is.
The Second Abdullah asked: Is it limping? The man answered: Yes, yes it is.
The Third Abdullah asked: Does it have its tail cut?
Feeling good and optimist that they have found his camel, the man, answered: Yes, so this means that you have seen it. Tell me where is it?
The three sons said: No. We have not seen it at all.
The man got crazy and was adamant to take all of the three to the Judge, because he thought that they might have eaten it and are not telling him the truth. The brothers made no objection and agreed to go with him to the judge.
In fact, we have been in our way to the judge, anyway, for another issue, they said.
When all four men appeared before the judge, the owner of the lost camel told his story. The judge told the brothers: Your description of the camel indicates that you have indeed seen it. Would you admit it?
The first son said: No Sir, we swear by God that we have not seen it. We have only seen its traces. So, when I have suggested that it was one-eyed, this is because I noticed that the grass in the places where it has gone by was grazed from one side only. This indicates that it can see with one eye only.
The second one said: I suggested that it might be limping, because the traces of its footprints were not equal. Some of them were deeper than the others. This indicates that it suffers from a certain disability in one of its legs.
The third said: I have suggested that its tail was cut off because I have noticed that its excrements were littered in masses. A female camel would usually move its tail to disperse its excrement to the right and to the left. Letting them clustered in such a way indicates that the tail of this particular female camel is most probably cut off.
Then the judge told the man: Go your way. These guys have surely never seen your female camel. Once the man departed, the three brothers narrated their story to the judge, seeking his advice as to how they might solve this puzzle. The judge was extremely astonished, so he decided to sleep on it, pending a potential brilliant idea. So, the three brothers headed to the guest house to spend their day. They felt that some prying eyes were monitoring their movements. After a short while, food was served: It was meat and bread.
The first one said: This meat is a dog meat.
The second one said: This bread has been baked by a pregnant woman in her ninth month of pregnancy.
The third one said: This judge is a bastard (an illegitimate child/ a Haram son).
Their words were soon reported to the judge. So, he summoned them and posed the question: Which one of you have said that the meat was a dog meat?
The first one said: It is me.
The judge asked the cook: Is it really a dog’s meat?
The cook said: There have been no meat left, so we have served this meat and it is indeed the meat of a dog.
The judge asked the first Abdullah: Tell me, how did you find out that it was a dog meat?
He answered: With camel, lamb, or any other meat, the fat usually covers the meat. But with this one, it is the meat which covers the fat.
The judge cried: You are an eligible inheritor. You will inherit from your father’s wealth.
The judge then moved on and asked: Which one of you said that the bread was baked by a pregnant woman in her ninth month of pregnancy? The second Abdullah answered: It is me.
The judge inquired after the matter and found out that it was true that a pregnant woman in her ninth month of pregnancy has baked the bread. So he asked the second Abdullah: Tell me, how did you find out this fact about who has baked the bread?
The second Abdullah answered: I have noticed that the bread was bloated (ballooned) in one side and remained levelled on the other side, so I have been almost certain that the loaves were out of reach of the baker while being baked. A sort of a barrier seems to have impaired the baker from moving the loaves and this barrier was surely her big belly swollen by pregnancy.
The judge said: You too is eligible to the inheritance. You have every right to inherit from your father’s wealth.
The judge then asked: Which one of you said that I was a “bastard” (a son of Haram)?
The third Abdullah answered: It is me.
The judge asked his mother whether or not this claim was true and she admitted it.
The judge asked the third Abdullah: How did you find out that I am an illegitimate child (Haram)?
The third Abdullah said: Had you been a Halal child (a legitimate/good one), you would not have sent your men to spy on us, nor would you have allowed a dog meat or a half-baked bread to be served to us.
The judge cried out: You have not right to any inheritance. The third Abdullah shockingly asked: Why????
The judge said: Only bastards know one another.
Indeed, the first and second Abdullahs asked their mother about the truth and she told them that the third Abdullah was not their legitimate brother. Their father had found him left in a bundle at the gate of the mosque. He picked him up and raised him after having given him the name of Abdullah, just like his other two sons.