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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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...

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The water of Paradise

  Throughout their nomadic life, Harith the Bedouin and his wife Nafisa used to plant their worn tent where they could find some date palms, some withered twigs for their camel, or a pool...