THE IBAADAT OF A SAYYID

THE CONSEQUENCE OF ABUSING AMAANAT
A Saalih (pious) Aalim narrating his experience, said: “There were two Buzrugs in the City of
Maseesah. The two had pledged to refrain from eating anything prepared by the people. I asked
them for permission to accompany them. They said that I could accompany them on condition
that I too made the same pledge. I agreed.
I went with them. We came to a mountain where there was a cave. They instructed me to
remain inside the cave and to engage in ibaadat while they climbed the mountain. I lived in the
cave for many days. Daily they would bring food for me. One day it occurred to me that I was
wasting my time in the cave. How long will I have to live in the cave? I should go to the City of
Tartus, earn my living and teach the Qur’aan Shareef. I then left the cave and settled in Tartus.
One year later, I one day suddenly saw one of the two Buzrugs standing next to me. He said:
‘You have violated your pledge. If you had not done so, you would also have been bestowed
with the gifts we have received.’ I asked: ‘What have you received?’ He said: ‘We received
three things: (1) With one step we can traverse from east to west. (2) We walk on the surface of
water (3) We can become invisible at will.’
As he said this, he disappeared from my sight. I called and pleaded in the Name of Allah
Ta’ala that he should become visible. Again he appeared, and I asked: ‘Can I repeat the
performance (i.e. live in the cave)?’ He said: ‘An Amaanat (Trust) is not assigned to a man who
commits khiyaanat (violates his pledge).’ He promptly disappeared.”

THE IBAADAT OF A SAYYID

There was a Sayyid who was living in a hut near to the sea. His condition was indeed wonderful.
During the fifteen years he lived in the hut, he did not even take a rest. He was perpetually
engrossed in ibaadat. Once he had made wudhu only one time in 12 days. With one Wudhu he
had performed Salaat for 12 days. He would not eat anything for several days on end, and when
he would eat, it would be something very dry, like stale dry bread.
Once, after returning from the city where he had gone to perform Eidul Fitr Salaat, he found
a man performing Salaat in his hut. Standing outside, he thought: “He must be a musaafir. What
shall I feed him?” The Sayyid did not have any food to serve to the stranger. As he was thinking,
the stranger from inside the hut said: “Don’t worry about food. Only bring some water.” The
Sayyid brought water, and when he entered he saw the stranger had placed warm bread and
almond halwa (a sweetdish). The bread appeared to have been just taken from an oven. The
Sayyid was astonished. Understanding my astonishment, the stranger said: “There is no need for
surprise. There are such servants of Allah, who obtain whatever they desire.’ Both sat down to
eat. After meals, the stranger suddenly disappeared. O Reader! There is no need to wonder at the Sayyid who had not slept for 15 years and who
would perform the Salaat of many days with a single wudhu. Allah’s Qudrat (Power) is great
and wonderful. The Thikrullaah and the Divine Love of the Auliya sustain even their physical
bodies just as Tasbeeh sustain the Malaaikah. The dominance of Roohaaniyat (spirituality)
imbues the Auliya with these abilities. Their souls gain greater power and domination over their
physical bodies. Tasbeeh, Muraaqabah, Muhasabah and Divine Love sustain the Arwaah
(Souls) and bodies of the Devotees of Allah who have annihilated their nafs and their very being
in the Flames of His Love. Time and space have no relevance in the spiritual and celestial
spheres. Therefore, O Reader! Wonder not with doubt in the Divine Mysteries which are
unfathomable to your heart mired in crass materialism. But wonder with admiration and awe
and yearn for Divine Proximity, and say: ‘I love the Saaliheen although I am not of them.
Perhaps my Rabb will bestow to me rectitude.’