’Amatul Jalil

’Amatul Jalil

She was a great ‘abid and zahid. Once, several pious persons were discussing the characteristics of a wali. Eventually they all decided to go and ask ’Amatul Jalîl. When they posed this question to her, she replied: “No minute of a wali passes without his being occupied with anything other than that which is connected to Allah. If anyone shows him something else to do (and he does it), he is an imposter.”

Lesson: How great she must have been for other male sufis to go and ask her such questions. What a good means of recognition she showed them! O women! You should also have an urge for this. Give preference to the remembrance of Allah over all your other pre-occupations.