~ 116. Abu Ali and the Old Woman ~

There was an old woman who wanted to make an offering to Abu Ali Daqqaq. "Please accept this piece of gold from me," she said.
But Abu Ali replied, "I can accept gifts from God only; I cannot accept this piece of gold from you."
At that, the old woman laughed. "You must be squint-eyed or something! Is that why you are seeing double? God is one with each of us: we are in God and with God. There is nothing else to see. All gifts come from God."
Then Abu Ali understood and he accepted the piece of gold.

Inspired by: The Conference of the Birds by Farid Ud-Din Attar, translated by S. C. Nott
Notes: This is in section 42: Shaikh Bu Ali Dakkah. More about Abu Ali Daqqaq.

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