Once upon a time, in the vibrant city of Baghdad, during the reign of the wise Caliph Harun al-Rashid, there lived a man named Ja’far ibn Yahya, who served as the Caliph’s vizier. Ja’far was known for his wisdom, integrity, and his loyalty to his friend and companion, the merchant Abul Hasan Ali ibn Khalaf al-Mamun.
One day, Ja’far received an urgent message from the Caliph. The message read, “Ja’far, I have heard of a grave injustice that needs your immediate attention. Three innocent men have been wrongfully executed for a crime they did not commit. Investigate this matter, find the true culprit, and bring justice to the aggrieved families.”
Ja’far, with a heavy heart, set out to uncover the truth behind this tragic incident. He began by visiting the families of the wrongfully executed men to offer his condolences and gather information about the case.
As he delved deeper into the mystery, he learned that the three men had each met a tragic end in quick succession. The first man, named Abul Khasib, had been found dead in a well with a severe head wound. The second, named Abul Khasib’s neighbor, had been killed in his own home, and the third, a merchant named Sinjar, had been discovered lifeless at his shop.
Ja’far was perplexed by the circumstances surrounding these deaths. He realized that there must be a connection between these seemingly unrelated incidents. His first step was to investigate the scene where Abul Khasib was found dead in the well.
As Ja’far examined the well, he noticed something peculiar—a trail of apples leading away from the well. He followed the trail, and it led him to the house of Abul Khasib, the first victim.
Ja’far questioned Abul Khasib’s widow, who was grieving her husband’s death. She told him, “After my husband was found dead, I found these three apples in his possession.” She handed Ja’far the apples, and he noticed that one of them had a strange mark, as if it had been sliced open and then carefully sewn back together.
Determined to unravel the mystery further, Ja’far visited the house of the second victim, Abul Khasib’s neighbor. There, he discovered a similar trail of apples, which led him to the neighbor’s wife.
The neighbor’s wife confessed, “After my husband was killed, I found these three apples in his room.” She handed the apples to Ja’far, and he noticed that one of them also had a peculiar mark, just like the one found in Abul Khasib’s house.
Ja’far’s investigation then led him to Sinjar’s shop, the scene of the third death. Once again, he found a trail of apples, which he followed to Sinjar’s wife.
Sinjar’s wife tearfully said, “After my husband was murdered, I found these three apples at his shop.” As she handed the apples to Ja’far, he realized that one of them bore the same strange mark as the others.
Ja’far’s intuition told him that these apples held the key to solving the mystery. He carefully examined the apple with the mark and discovered that it had been hollowed out and then sealed shut with wax. Curiosity piqued, he decided to open the apple.
Inside the apple, he found a small note, carefully hidden away. The note revealed a shocking secret—the true identity of the murderer and the motive behind the crimes. It turned out that Abul Khasib, the first victim, had been having an affair with Sinjar’s wife. In a fit of jealousy and rage, Sinjar had killed both men. To cover up his crimes, Sinjar had also murdered Abul Khasib’s neighbor, who had witnessed the affair.
With this newfound evidence, Ja’far confronted Sinjar with the truth. Overwhelmed with guilt and fear of the consequences, Sinjar confessed to the murders. Justice was served as Sinjar faced the consequences of his heinous crimes.
Ja’far returned to Caliph Harun al-Rashid with the tale of the three apples and the resolution of the case. The Caliph commended Ja’far for his relentless pursuit of justice and his ability to unravel the mystery that had confounded many. Peace and justice were restored in Baghdad, thanks to the wisdom and determination of Ja’far, the faithful vizier.
And so, the story of the three apples became a legend, a testament to the power of truth, determination, and the pursuit of justice in the city of Baghdad during the reign of Caliph Harun al-Rashid.