The story of Moses and the Lost Sheep
They say that when Moses (Upon Him Be Peace) was still the shepherd of the Prophet Shu"ayb (Upon Him Be Peace) and had not yet received divine Inspiration, he was one day feeding his sheep. By chance one ewe became Seprated from the others. Moses wanted to bring her back to the flock, but the ewe ran off into the desert; not being able to see the sheep, she ran about the terror and Moses chased her for a distance of two or three farsangs (12-18 KM), until she had no strength left and fell down exhausted and could not get up. Moses came up to her and was moved with compassion. He said "O hapless one, wither are you fleeing? Whom do you fear?" Seeing that she could not walk anymore, he picked her up and put her on his shoulders and brought her back to the flock. Moses put her down and she joined the flock. God (Be He Exalted) called to the angels, saying, "Saw ye with tenderness my servant treated that dumb ewe? Because he took trouble and harmed not the ewe, but rather had mercy on her, (I declare) be My glory that I will raise him up and make him My interlocutor; I will grant him prophet hood and send him a book, and as long as the world exists, his name will be spoken." God bestowed all these token upon him.
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