The People of the Ditch (4): The Boy and the Beast
The lie of the scholar/monk to the boy falls under the three types of acceptable lies, a situation of war. A beast blocked the path of the people. The boy said: “O Allah, if the monk is dearer to you, then kill the beast.” He threw the stone, hit the beast, and it died. (The people came to celebrate him as a great hero.) Notice the natural inclination of the boy–to help the people.