The Modest Shaykh


بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

A student was bragging to others about his shaykh.  He said, “My shaykh is truly an upright, virtuous, and holy person — no one can match him.  In fact, he fasts every single day except on the days it is forbidden to fast.”

“No,” replied one of the bystanders, “that surely cannot be true.  In fact, I have seen your shaykh eating on weekdays, many times.”

“Well,” the student replied, “I can assure you that he was only doing so out of modesty.”

“Out of modesty?” asked the other. “How do you mean?”

“Well,” the student explained, “he is so modest that he eats in front in others so that they will not know he is fasting!”



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