Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
It is related that after the death of the great Sufi Master al-Shibli, a friend saw him in a dream. The friend asked him what God had done with him, to which al-Shibli replied, “God placed me before Him and asked if I knew why He had forgiven my sins. I said that it might be because of the good works I had done, the prayers I had performed, my fasting and pilgrimage, my having associated with pious people and my journeying in search of knowledge. God replied, “O Shibli, these were not the reasons. Do you remember when you were walking in the lanes of Baghdad and you found a small cat made weak by the cold and ice, and out of pity you took it and put in inside a fur you were wearing so as to protect it from the pains of the cold? Because of the mercy you showed that cat, I have had mercy on you.”
– Excerpt adapted from Sufis and Saints’ Bodies: Mysticism, Corporeality & Sacred Power in Islam by Scott Kugle.
Alhamdulillah, that souls resonate with each other beyond all material or bodily boundaries, and any soul is like all souls combined, for beyond the illusion of material separateness all souls resonate in an interconnected web of unity. For Sufis, this is a spiritual reality that is denied by human reason but affirmed by intuition and confirmed by scriptural revelation. “Whoever kills a person, it is like one who has killed the whole of humankind. And whoever saves the life of one person is like one who has saved the lives of all humankind.” (Q 5:32)
O Allah, have mercy on us as we have mercy on the least of Your creation!