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Story of the Locksmith

Once there lived a metalworker, a locksmith, who was unjustly accused of crimes and was sentenced to a deep, dark prison. After he had been there awhile, his wife who loved him very much went to the King and beseeched him that she might at least give him a prayer rug so he could observe his five prostrations every day. The King considered that a lawful request, so he...

Moon In A Bowl of Water

One night the poet Awhadi of Kerman was sitting on his porch, bent over a vessel. Shams e-Tabrizi happened to pass by. Shams: What are you doing?

Sultan and the Sheikh

Many years ago the sultan of the Ottoman Empire visited one of the great sheikhs of Istanbul. He was deeply impressed with the wisdom and sincerity of the sheikh and began coming regularly to the sheikh's gatherings. After some time the sultan said, I have come to love you and your teachings. If there is ever anything you want or need, please ask me and I will provide it for you if it is in my power...

So Called Dragon Slayer

A so-called dragon hunter went to the mountains to trap a dragon. He searched the mountains and finally discovered the frozen body of a great dragon in a cave high up one of the tallest peaks. The man brought the body to Baghdad. He claimed he slew the dragon single-handed and...
Barber and the White Hairs – Sufi Story By Massud Farzan

Barber and the White Hairs

A bearded man went to a barber shop and said to the master barber: I am bringing home a new wife; I would like you to cut off the white hairs in my beard. The master took the...

Who Is It

A lover knocked at the door of his beloved. Who is it? she replied. The lover replied, It is I. Go away....

The Swearing Arab and God’s Message

One day the Prophet Mohammad was performing the morning prayer in the mosque. An Arab aspirant of Islam was among others praying with the Prophet. Mohammad happened to recite a verse in the Koran about Pharaoh's claim, I am your true God. Upon hearing this the Arab was seized with such wrath that he interrupted his prayer to...

Dervish and the Money

A dervish was praying silently. A wealthy merchant, observing the dervish's devotion and sincerity, was deeply touched by him. The merchant offered the drevish a bag of gold. I know you will use the money for God's sake. Please take it. Just a moment, the dervish replied. I'm not sure if it is lawful for me to take your money. Are you...

In the Hands of God

One day, the caliph Omar met a group of people who were sitting around doing nothing. He asked them who they were. We are of those who put their affairs in the hands of God, and we trust in God, they replied. Indeed you do not! he retorted. You...
Donkey Dies of Exhaustion – Sufi Parable By Paulo Coelho

Donkey Dies of Exhaustion

Nasrudin decided to go in search of some new meditation techniques. He saddled his donkey, went to India, China and Mongolia, talked to the great masters, but found nothing. He heard tell of a wise man in Nepal: he journeyed there, but as he was climbing the mountain to meet him, his donkey died of exhaustion. Nasrudin buried him there and then, and wept sadly. Someone passed by and commented...