Category: Sufi stories

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The murid, the ashiq, the siddiq

In a Dergah like this, there was a Sheikh with his murids (disciples). One day, one murid went to the Sheikh and asked, “Oh Sheikh I have three questions: who is the murid (disciple),...

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Mid Ramadan story

Are you fasting??? During the Month of Ramadan, in a place near or far from here, a few young men saw an old woman sitting down eating a peach under a tree in a...

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The Fruit of Paradise

There was once a woman who had heard of the Fruit of Heaven. She coveted it. She asked a certain dervish, whom we shall call Sabar: ‘How can I find this fruit, so that...

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The Merchant in Baghdad

A merchant in Baghdad had some bad luck. A thief robbed his house of all his gold. The authorities caught the thief but he would not reveal where he had hidden the merchant gold. One...

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The ogre and the Sufi

A Sufi master traveling alone through a desolate mountain region was suddenly faced by an ogre–a giant ghoul, who told him that he was going to destroy him. The master said, “Very well, try...

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Trust in Allah but tether your camel

TRUST IN ALLAH BUT TETHER YOUR CAMEL FIRST This saying comes from a small story. A Master was traveling with one of his disciples. The disciple was in charge of taking care of the camel....

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The three masters

When a great Sufi mystic, Hassan, was dying, somebody asked, ‘Hassan, who was your Master?’ He said, ‘Now it is too late to ask. Time is short, I am dying.’ But the inquirer asked,...

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Across the river

Two travelling dervishes reached a river where they met a young woman. Wary of the current, she asked if they could carry her across. One of the dervish hesitated, but the other quickly picked...

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Elephant meat

A dhow was caught in a violent storm while crossing the Indian Ocean. Its mast broken by the fury of the elements, the rudder broken, the dhow drifted in distress. The crew implored Allah. “For...

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“The bundle of misery”

  A man used to call every night to God and he would pray the same prayer. Again and again he would ask, “Do one favor for me, at least one favor — and...