THE OLD LADY IN THE JUNGLE
TWO SHAIKHS were traveling on foot through the wilderness and the desert. After some days they
were overwhelmed by thirst and hunger. After days of walking they saw a small hut in the jungle
through which they were passing. When they reached the hut, they found a very old lady inside.
The hut was completely bare. Outside the hut was a rock which had the formation of a bowl. The
old woman was engrossed in ibaadat. The two Shaikhs sat down outside.
When the sun set, she performed Maghrib Salaat inside, then came out holding two pieces of
bread and some dates. She told the two Shaikhs: “Go inside and take your share of the food.”
When they went inside, they found four pieces of bread and some dates. There were no date trees
in that place nor was bread available. They were surprised and wondered from where the bread
and dates had come.
After they had eaten, they saw a cloud over the spot where the bowl was. Rain came from the
cloud and filled the bowl. Not a drop rained out of the bowl. The Shaikh asked: “How long have you
been living in this place?” The old lady said: “Seventy years. This is my bond with Allah Ta’ala.
Every day the cloud appears and fills the bowl and the bread and dates arrive as you have