The Sufi and the Sultan

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

When the Sufi Master Shaqiq-e Balkhi was on the pilgrimage to Mecca, he had reached Baghdad when the Sultan, Harun al-Rashid, sent for him.

“Counsel me,” Harun commanded.

“Then attend,” Shaqiq proceeded. “Almighty God has set you in the place of Abu Bakr the Trusty, and requires trustiness from you as from him. He has set you in the place of Omar the Discriminator, and requires from you as from him discrimination between truth and falsehood. He has set you in the place of Othman of the Two Lights, and requires of you as from him modesty and nobility. He has set you in the place of Ali the Well-Approved, and requires from you as from him knowledge and justice.”

-From the Memorial of the Saints by Attar

Alhamdulillah!  Those who lead nations are slaves of God and servants to their people, and if they fear God’s judgement, they rule with trustworthiness, discrimination, modesty, nobility, knowledge and justice. If such leaders become tyrants and corrupt, better for them if they had never been born.

Ya Haqq!

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3 Responses to The Sufi and the Sultan

  1. Suroor says:

    How true! Thank you Irving!

  2. Salaam dear brother Irving,

    Thank you very much for share these beautiful and informative stories with us!

    Ya Haqq!

  3. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams, one and all…

    Truth indeed.

    Ya Haqq!

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