The Bedouin and the Qur'an
One year, when Al-Asma‘ee was on his way to perform hajj, a Bedouin carrying a large sword and a long spear confronted him. It was quite obvious that he was a highway robber. He came near Al-Asma‘ee and instead of fleeing or attempting to escape, Al-Asma‘ee drew nearer to him. He extended greetings of peace to the robber. The latter responded and then asked, "Where are you from?"
Al-Asma‘ee replied, "I am a poor man on a journey,"
The robber asked, "Do you have anything with you?"
Al-Asma‘ee answered, "Yes, I have the Qur'an with me."
The robber asked, "And what is the Qur'an?"
Al-Asma‘ee said, "It is the speech of Allah the Almighty, the Glorified,"
The robber asked, "And does Allah have speech?"
Al-Asma‘ee replied, "Yes,"
The robber said, "Then let me hear some of His speech,"
Al-Asma‘ee recited the following verse: "And in the heaven is your provision, and that which you are promised." [Surah Adh-Dhaariyaat 51:22]