The Shepherd and Ibraheem Adham

Ibrabeem bin Adham relates, once I passed by a shepherd and asked him, “Do you have any water or milk?” The shepherd raised himself and replied, “Yes, which would you like?” I said, “Water”. He turned and walked up the hill. I followed. We reached a plateau, where several boulders had settled. He gently struck it with his staff and moved back, The boulder, cracked and water gushed forth.

I drank to my fill and also took the opportunity to fill my cistern. This amazed me. The shepherd watched and then said, “Do not be astonished. When a servant becomes Obedient to his Lord everything becomes subservient to him”.


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