Part II, Chapter XI = XXXVI: On the Excellence of Hospitality.
f134a f198b 1354 Introduction describing the proverbial hospitality of the Arabs. Why ‘Uqba b. Abí Mu‘ayṭ accepted Islám: his apostasy and doom.
f134b f199a 1355 Yazíd b. Muhallab sets Wakí‘, the defaulter, free simply because Wakí‘ was offered meals at his table.
1356 al-Ma’mún and al-Mu‘taṣim test the hospitality of ‘Alí b. Hishám and find him an ideal host.
f135a 1357 The Caliph al-Mahdí as an unknown guest in the tent of an Arab, and the amusing remarks of the latter at the stranger’s appetite and sup­posititious names.
1358 An Arab host who serves a robber guest daily with the flesh of a freshly slaughtered camel prefers to forgive the robber and bestow the camels upon him, in spite of his hospitality being abused by him.
f135b f199b 1359 The clever artifice of a child, who asked for a drink of water, causes Ma‘n b. Zá’ida to spare the lives of some captives.
1360 The Caliph ‘Alí saddened because no guest appears during a whole week.
1361 Ibráhím the prophet would not invite an unbeliever to his house; Jibrá’íl warns him, and in consequence of his invitation the old man accepts the faith of the prophet.
1362 The remark of Ṭalḥa b. ‘Abdu’llah, better known as Ṭalḥatu’t-Ṭalaḥát, on Málik b. ‘Awf, the chief of the tribe of Qays, that hospitality in its true sense takes into account no distinction whatsoever.
f136a 1363 al-Ḥajjáj was hospitable enough to provide for all his people from his own kitchen, even for the invalids of his army.
1364 Maliksháh the Saljúq’s amusing reception by a villager, who treated him indifferently at first, and to his surprise found that the stranger was the great king himself.
f136a f200a 1365 How the Prophet carried away the sins of the miserly wife of a follower of hís, and taught her the lesson of hospitality.
f136b 1366 The extreme sense of hospitality which the wife of the Shaykh Aḥmad Khidhrawayh possessed; her desire to provide even for the dogs of the neighbourhood.
1367 Explanation given by a servant to his generous master for the delay in serving meals: his conscience would not allow him to deprive the ants which were feeding on the dishes.
1368 An object lesson from two kinds of entertainments: the essence of true hospitality is its informality.
f200b 1369 The immortal saint Khidhr’s remark on the vanity of an old man who claimed to have drained the dregs of the cups of 7,000 holy men: the offer of one cup to a needy person would have gained for him all the blessings he desired during the whole of his life.
f137a 1370 A remarkable manifestation of the Caliph ‘Uthmán’s generosity on the day of the feast to the Prophet: liberation of a slave at each step the Prophet took towards his house.
1371 The old woman who sacrificed her only ewe for the party of the Caliph ‘Alí, who were strangers to her, and the consequent rewards lavished on her by the sons of ‘Alí.
1372 The posthumous generosity of a famous Arab, who appears in dream to a member of a party halting at his grave, and begs them to slaughter his camel; and how his son receives another camel in compensation.
f137b 1373 The famous Ḥátim of Ṭayy finds himself surpassed in generosity by an old woman.
f201a 1374 al-Aṣma‘í relates a personal anecdote about his reception in an Arab family.
f138a 1375 Anecdote of the same: the Arabs dislike the idea of loading the camel of the guest who is parting from them.
1376 The philosophical interpretation of the utterances of the guest of the Caliph ‘Umar.
1377 How an old man sacrifices his last goat for ‘Abdu’llah b. ‘Abbás.
f138b f201b 1378 The reproach of a host to a learned guest for abusing hospitality.
1379 ‘Adhudu’d-Dawla withdraws his forces sent against the hospitable ruler of Kirmán.
1380 ‘Amr ath-Tha‘álibí, the poet, runs away from Damascus on account of his satire on the Caliph Walíd b. ‘Abdu’l Malik, and, seizing an opportunity, attends the meals of the Caliph, and pleads the protection due to a guest.
      The chapter ends with a panegyric.