Not a word is said even in sport
Without an intelligent man taking advice thereby.
But if a hundred chapters of wisdom are read to a fool
All strike his ear merely as sport.
A man had by his sins forfeited the divine favour but the lamp of grace nevertheless so shone upon his
path that it guided him into the circle of religious men and, by the blessing of his association with
dervishes, as well as by the example of their righteousness, the depravities of his character were
transmuted into virtues and he refrained from lust and passion. But the tongues of the malevolent were
lengthened with reference to his character, alleging that it was the same as it had ever been and that
his abstinence and piety were spurious.
By apology and penitence one may be saved from the wrath of God
But cannot be saved from the tongues of men.
He could no longer bear the reviling tongues and complained to the pir of the Tariqat. The sheikh
wept and said: ‘How wilt thou be able to be sufficiently grateful for this divine favour that thou art
better than the people imagine?’
A murid said to his pir: ‘What am I to do? I am troubled by the people, many of whom pay me visits.
By their coming and going they encroach upon my precious time.’ He replied: ‘Lend something to
every one of them who is poor and ask something from every one who is rich and they will come
round thee no more.’
A pious man came to the door of a college from a khaniqah.
He broke the covenant of the company of those of the Tariqa.
I asked him what the difference between a scholar and a dervish
He replied: ‘The former saves his blanket from the waves
Whilst the latter strives to save the drowning man.’
A pious man saw a wrestler full of wrath and foaming at the mouth. He asked:
‘What is the matter with this fellow?’ A bystander said: ‘Someone has insulted him.’ He remarked:
‘This base wretch is able to lift a ton of stones and has not the power to bear one word.’
Although able to tear up an elephant’s front
He is not a man who possessed no humanity.
A man’s nature is of earth.
If he is not humble he is not a man.
Two sons of amirs were in Egypt, the one acquiring science, the other accumulating wealth, till the
former became the ullemma of the period and the other the prince of Egypt; whereon the rich man
looked with contempt upon the faqih and said: ‘I have reached the sultanate whilst thou hast remained
in poverty as before.’ He replied: ‘O brother, I am bound to be grateful to the most high Creator for
having obtained the inheritance of prophets whilst thou hast attained the inheritance of Pharaoh and of
Haman, namely the kingdom of Egypt.’
I am that ant which is trodden under foot
Not that wasp, the pain of whose sting causes lament.
How shall I give due thanks for the blessing
That I do not possess the strength of injuring mankind?