"Buried all your gold, sister?" I started to speak, but he motioned for my silence. "The Sacred Text says, 'Surely God does not love the ungrateful who disbelieve.'"
Dara hurried to my defense. "The Qur'an says much. It also asks, 'Do you see the one who repudiates religion? He is the one who rebuffs the orphan and does not encourage feeding the poor. So woe to those who pray without paying attention to their prayers.'"
Aurangzeb's face tightened, for he was a zealot and, like all such followers, believed the Qur'an was his instrument alone. "Take care," he warned, "that you know of what you speak."
Father, aware of the mounting hostility between his sons, cleared his throat. "We all know the Qur'an well enough. If you both wish to recite its verses, you should stand and face Mecca." When neither son responded, Father pretended to swat their words away. (10.127-130)