Bayazid on the Hajj

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

It is related that one year the Sufi Master Bayazid set out on the pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj. A few days later he came back. When asked about his sudden return, he gave the following account.

“I was three days walking in the desert when an old man encountered me on the road,” Bayazid recalled.
“‘Where are you going?’ he demanded.
“‘On the pilgrimage,’ I replied.
“‘How much money did you bring for your journey?’
“‘Two hundred dirhams.’
“‘Come, give them to me,’ the man said. ‘I am
a poor man with a family. Circle round me seven times. That
is your pilgrimage.’
“And so I did, and returned home.”

Ya Haqq!

Note: From Attar’s Memorial of the Saints.  Also read the post Bayazid and the Dog for another example of the great blessing of giving in charity.


18 Responses to Bayazid on the Hajj

  1. Shahrzad says:

    I read the story before. I like Bayazid Bastami.. You know, he is from Bastam, near the ancient Bam city. The Bastam and Bam, completely were destroyed in 2003 horrible earthquake in Iran.
    One of Farsi traditional sufi singer, who was famous died in the earthquake. His last name was Bastami too.. ;)

  2. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sister Shahrzad:

    Thank you for the comment :) I know of the Bam earthquake at least. There was a Nimatullahi Sufi khaniqah there that was destroyed, and many darvishes were killed, may Allah have mercy on their souls.

    Alhamdulillah! Our Master, Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, had the khaniqah rebuilt, and also built a school for children in Bam.

    Ya Haqq!

  3. Achelois says:

    I have read this too somewhere but what an awesome thought!

  4. annie says:

    earlier i started thinking how if we follow all those circles we make during salat facing toward Mecca, it’s like everytime we pray we are already part of being there. did that make sense?

    anyhow, it was interesting to read this after having had the thoughts i did earlier.

  5. Hajj Ihram says:

    That is an amazing story. I hope i can go for Hajj one day Inshallah

  6. cyclewala says:

    subhan Allah! Thanks very much for pointing me this way….

  7. artemis2 says:

    beautiful story.

  8. Frieda says:

    I just found out about your blog…and enjoyed reading several of your post…Great spot, I will be back.

  9. MadSufi says:

    Great story. It is similiar to a story told about the scholar, mujahid and Sufi Ibn Mubarak. He gave his Hajj money to a poor family, later he saw someone in a dream saying, ‘Your pilgrimage has been accepted, as have your rites, and your sins have been forgiven.’

  10. ikramuddin says:

    Assalamualaikum Sidi Irving,

    Jazakallah khair for the beautiful post!

    May all our hearts be continually circling around Allah Ta’ala.

  11. majnun says:

    Goes to show the importance of Khidmate khalq.. (service to the creation).

    (just to add maybe the hajj he was going to go on was a Nafil Hajj)

  12. Ayesha Ali says:

    Salam Alaikum,

    I just discovered your blog and it is a breath of sweet air of traditional Islam that is a comfort to me. The Hajj story is beautiful and contains within it the true meaning that we should all be focused on. Shukran.

  13. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Sister Ayesha, welcome, and thank you for the kind words :) You have discovered this blog, and I have made a friend, and so Alhamdulillah!

    Ya Haqq!

  14. Mosesele says:

    Can somebody please help with the writings or sayings of Bayazid(Peace be upon him)

  15. Irving says:

    Salaam Brother Mosesele:

    You wanted help with the sayings of Bayazid, and here is a link to Attar’s Muslim Saints and Mystic, in pdf format, which has an entire section on Abu Yazid, also called Bayazid, beginning on page 119. Inshallah, it is what you need and will be of benefit.

    It is one of the greatest collections of the life and sayings of Sufis saints, and a must read for all those interested in the path of Love and also Muslim history. I will also send you a private email with the information.

    Ya Haqq!

  16. hamid reza says:

    this is bayazid showed the way to all of sufi in the age of 16 i knew him and fell in love in god by him i want to go in his shrine in bastam in shahrud in iran any one willing send me mail
    yass underline co2002 at

  17. Alizeh says:

    What a beautiful message in the story.
    Acts of kindness and selflessness are what our faith is all about.
    All my family is a family of Sufies, and have known of this way all of my life basically.
    I was wondering if anyone has heard of the Nimatullahi Sufi order, under Dr Javad Nurbakhsh?
    I have heard that it does not place any importance to obligatory Islamic tenets like Daily salah, fasting in Ramadhan or even observance of Hijab, amongst other things.

    I’m unsure of someone remains Muslim if one denounces Allah’s Laws? Can someone please help…

  18. Irving says:

    Salaam Brother Alizeh:

    Thank you for the kind comment :) Indeed, loving kindness is the heart of the Sufi path, and what our late Master, Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, attempted to instill in all his darvishes, and which our present Master, Dr. Alireza Nurbakhsh, also instills in us in many ways, both exemplary and subtle, through charitable works and everyday adab, the courtesy and manners of the path.

    The Nimatullahi Sufi Order is completely inclusive. By this I mean that although it originated in Iran, then Persia, as a Shi’ite order, it has evolved to include all branches, not only of Islam, but also of all religions, races, creeds; of all humanity.

    In this way we keep faith with Allah by practicing the loving kindness to all His creatures that He has commanded of His servants, which is the true meaning of submission, of Islam.

    Ya Haqq!

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