I am speaking of a tale from our Grandsheikh Abdullah concerning this dunya and its value in
    front of Awliya, saints.  The story happened in the time of Abdul Qadir  Jilani, a great saint
    from a royal family.  Once a learned man intended to visit him, and traveled from Baghdad
    with two silver piasters tied in his belt, thinking he perhaps might be in need for it.  On
    reaching the palace of Sheikh Abdul Qadir he saw a big hall with rich carpets and couches.  
    People were sitting at a feast in pairs.  For each were one lamb and three turkeys.  There was
    too much glory and pomp.  The scholar was surprised, and in his heart thought: “This is a
    famous sheikh.  How can he live a king’s life?  A sheikh must be an ascetic.”  The sheikh
    called him” “Oh scholar, come here.  Don’t think that way because all the world to us is not
    as valuable as those two piasters tied in your belt are to you.  When we are giving freely, not
    afraid, we are holding the world in our hands like a man picking up a dirty thing he holds it
    with the tips of his fingernails and then drops it in the first suitable place.  We are giving where
    there is need, not hoarding treasures.”

    When something comes to you, use it for yourself and for others, don’t put the treasures of
    this world in your heart.  You must not be like others.  Love is for Allah Almighty, not for this
    life.  You may earn from this world as much as you can; it is free for earning, but you must
    know that you must leave it one day.  The best way is to keep it in the hands, not in the heart.
    Depthless sorrow is for the one who dies and yet he loves the world’s treasures.  No worry if
    you are keeping the whole world in your hand, but not in your heart.

    Once a kind died who had so many treasures.  When his son came to the throne, his first
    order to the chief wazir was: “Open my father’s treasures and give them away, all of them.”  
    The wazir was too much surprised: “How can we give to everyone, each will only get such a
    little bit?  Better for us is to say to every one to bring a piece of silver the weight of a barley
    grain.  Then we will have a second treasure.”  He replied: “Oh my wazir, this is not a good
    mentality. It is enough that my father guarded those treasures throughout his life.  I am not
    going to be their guardian. I am giving for the sake of Allah Almighty.”   Some people dreamt
    of the dead king, and they saw his body had turned into earth, but his eyes were rolling in their
    place.  Asking the new king for the meaning, he told them: “His eyes are looking for his
    treasure.  He has no rest in his tomb, he is longing still for what he left in this world.”

    I heard in London that many people, especially ladies, are keeping their jewels in bank vaults.  
    It is impossible to wear so much; a powerful horse is needed to carry them.  From time to
    time, the people visit and try on one after another on their necks, and arms, polishing and then
    leaving.  What is the benefit of those jewels if you cannot carry them with you?  I am saying.  
    “Oh people, all jewels in the banks belong to me, but I can’t carry them, so I am leaving them
    there also.”  I am better off than they are, because if they are stolen, I am not sorry.  If it is
    stolen from them they would surely cry and beat themselves.  Everyone who says ‘This is for
    me’, and thinks to protect it, on losing it, he will be sorry.  If he is not thinking: ‘This is for
    me’, then he will not be sorry, even if the whole world goes away.  Everything you own from
    this world will be sorrow for you.  As much as having nothing, you are free.  No sorrow for
    the heart, if it is thinking: ‘the whole world is not for me; the owner is our Lord.  He gives as
    He likes and takes as He likes’.


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Sheikh Nazim