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Orchards of Love

Orchards of Love

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Hadhrat Shafeeq Balkhi (rahmatullahi alayh) narrates: “In the year 149 Hijri I set
out for Hajj. I halted in Qadisiyyah. While I was viewing the large crowds and
their pomp, my eyes fell on a young man clad in fine garments. He had wrapped a
woollen shawl around him (in the style of the Sufis). He was sitting alone. I
thought he was a pretender. I went near to him with the intention of reprimanding
him. He looked at me and said: ‘O Shafeeq! Abstain from suspicion because some
suspicion is sinful.’ So saying, he went away. I said to myself: ‘Indeed I had
committed evil.’ He had said what was in my heart. He even mentioned my name.
He appears to be a pious man. I resolved to locate him and apologise. Although I
hastily pursued him, he was nowhere in sight. Then I saw him at Waaqisah, I was
trembling and tears were flowing. I delightfully said to myself: ‘This is that same
friend of mine.’ I was determined to seek forgiveness from him for my error of
suspicion. I waited a long time. After he completed his Salaat, I turned towards
him. When he saw me approaching, he said: ‘O Shafeeq! (He recited the
Aayat)-‘Verily, I am Most Forgiving for him who repents.....’ He then departed
and disappeared from my sight. I said to myself: ‘This young man is certainly one
of the Abdaal. He twice revealed what I was thinking.’ When we reached Mina, I
saw the same young man standing at the well with a mug in his hand. The mug
slipped from his hand and fell into the well. He lifted his gaze to the heaven and
supplicated. By Allah! I saw the water rising to the top of the well with the mug.
The young man filled it with water and engaged in Salaat. After Salaat he went to
a sand dune and filled his mug with sand. He drank the contents. He repeated this
act several times. I went up to him and made Salaam to which he responded. I
asked him to give me some of the contents of his mug. he acceded to my request.
I never drank anything sweeter and more delicious than the juice in his mug.
Nothing was more fragrant than it. I stayed a few days at this place without
feeling hungry or thirsty.

The youth said: ‘O Shafeeq! Allah`s zaahiri and baatini bounties are always with
me. Cherish a lofty opinion of your Rabb.’

I then did not see the young man along the road to Makkah. Once at midnight in
Makkah I saw him performing Salaat with profound humility. I heard the sound of
crying. He spent the entire night in this state. In the morning after Fajr Salaat he
made Tawaaf of the Kaabah. Thereafter he came out of the Haram. I followed
him. Suddenly I observed many servants and assistants around him. People
gathered around him to pay their respects. I was surprised at this transformation

Source: http://books.themajlis.net/book/print/165

from a lonely young man to an important personality. When I enquired from
someone, I was told that the young man, was Hadhrat Ja`far Saadiq (rahmatullahi
alayh). I was truly astonished. Undoubtedly, the miracles which I had witnessed
were the effects of such a noble Sayyid.’”

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