Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
It is related that Shaykh Ibrahim Khawwas went to a certain village to visit a devout and reverend man who lived there. “When I entered his house, I saw that it was clean, like a saint’s place of worship. In its two corners, two niches had been made; the old man was seated in one of them, and in the other niche an old woman was sitting, clean and bright; both had become weak through much devotion. They showed great joy at my coming, and I stayed with them for three days. When I was about to depart, I asked the old man, ‘What relation is this old woman to you?’
“He answered, ‘She is my wife.’ I said, ‘During these three days, your interactions with one another has been very much like strangers.’ ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘It has been so for five and sixty years.’ I asked him the cause of this. He replied, ‘When we were young, we fell in love. On the wedding night, she said to me, “You know what happiness God has bestowed upon us in bringing us together and taking all fear away from our hearts. Let us therefore tonight refrain from sensual passion and trample on our desires and worship God in thanksgiving for this happiness.” I said, “It is well.” The next night she bade me do the same. On the third night I said, “Now we have given thanks for two night for your sake; tonight let us worship God for my sake.” Five and sixty years have passed since then, and we have never touched one another, but spend all our lives in giving thanks for our happiness.’”
Excerpt adapted from the Kashf al-Mahjub, the Unveiling of the Veiled (also called the Revelation of the Mystery), the oldest Persian treatise on Sufism, by Shaykh Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali ibn Uthman al-Jullabi al-Hujwiri.