Yet one more among those
who emigrated and came
to settle near
When his sweeping, sprinkling and tidying was done, he would set to work illuminating and binding the various books and Tablets. So his days went by, his heart happy in the presence of the Beloved of mankind. He was an excellent soul, righteous, true, worthy of the bounty of being united with his Lord, and free of the world's contagion.
One day he came to me and complained of a chronic ailment. "I have suffered from chills and fever for two years," he said, "The doctors have prescribed a purgative, and quinine. The fever stops a few days; then it returns. They give me more quinine, but still the fever returns. I am weary of this life, and can no longer do my work. Save me!"
"What food would you most enjoy?" I asked him. "What would you eat with great appetite?"
"I don't know," he said.
Jokingly, I named off the different dishes. When I came
to barley soup with whey (
I directed them to prepare this for him, and I left. The next day he presented himself and told me: "I ate a whole bowlful of the soup. Then I laid my head on my pillow and slept peacefully till morning."
In short, from then on he was perfectly well for about two years.
One day a believer came to me and said: "
I was astounded at the workings of fate. I told them:
"Because, two years ago, he had been thoroughly purged
and his system was clear; because he had a hearty appetite
for it, and his ailment was fever and chills, I prescribed
the barley soup. But this time, with the different foods he
has had, with no appetite, and especially with a high fever,
there was no reason to diagnose the previous chronic condition.
How could he have eaten the soup!" They answered,
"It was fate." Things had gone too far;
He was a man short of stature, lofty of station and mind. His heart was pure, his soul luminous. During all those days when he served the Holy Threshold, he was loved by the friends and favored by God. From time to time, a smile on His lips, the Blessed Beauty would speak to him, expressing kindness and grace.