Some people believe that a sufi must be without wealth. Actually, this is an incorrect view. To willfully insist upon living in poverty is itself an attachment. The sufi, though, is free from all attachment. The essential point here is that the sufis heart should have no attachment to wealth or worldly possessions. If a sufi is rich one day, then poor the next, he or she remains unaffected by either condition.
The story is told of a darvish who went to visit an honorable and wealthy shaikh. Seeing the shaikh’s affluence, the darvish thought, “How can Sufism and such prosperity go hand-in-hand?” After staying a few days with the shaikh, the darvish decided to leave. The shaikh said, “Let me accompany you on your journey.”
After they had gone a short distance the darvish suddenly noticed that he had forgotten his kashkul. So he asked the shaikh for permission to return and get it. The shaikh replied, “I departed from all my possessions, but you can’t leave behind even your begging bowl. Therefore, we must part company here.”
Thus, the sufi is not attached to either wealth or poverty.
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