Better a cucumber breakfast than a donkey prayer!

1.
Once a merchant, upon entering the mosque for the Subh prayer (prescribed morning prayer), saw a person sitting on the threshold of the mosque eating cucumbers.

Minerat of MaghribIt was the weekly market day and as he performed his prayer, the merchant considered how much he would offer for a donkey that he wished to buy. When he came out of the mosque he saw the same person still sitting on the threshold eating cucumbers.

The merchant thought to himself, "He would do better if, instead of eating cucumbers, he would perform the Morning prayer,' whereupon the Shaykh with the gift of divine intuition piercing the heart and mind of the merchant cried out: 'Better a cucumber breakfast than a donkey prayer!'

The merchant wasn't aware of the saying of Mustafa, upon him be holy benediction, where he said, "Beaware of the sagacity of the faithful because he sees through the Light of faith", as is the case and proof here as the Shaykh by holy perception read the mind of the merchant.

The person in the true tale is the great malamati saint of Maghrib Sidi Ali Sanhaji Dawar (d. 1535), may God sanctify his station.

2.
Woe to those who pray,
but void of mindfulness in their prayers.
Who do actions only to be seen,
yet refuse acts of small kindness.
- The Quran, Chapter of Small Kindness

3.
I see only bricks and a house of stone;
What do they profit me?
'Tis Thou that I want.

- Sufi woman saint, Rabia of Bashra, as she told of her journey to Mecca. May God raise us to her saintly station's proximity.


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