Hadhrat Abu Turaab Bakhshi (Rahmatullahi Alayh) was among the very senior Auliyah of Khurasaan. Once in the Ka’bah, he fell asleep in Sajdah. In his dream he saw a wonderful group of the most beautiful Damsels of Jannat. These damsels had no attraction for him. Hadhrat Abu Turaab said: “My absorption in Allah’s Remembrance makes me independent of these damsels. I have no care for you, The Damsels said: “Yes, so it is. However, our compatriots (in Jannat) mock at us for your refusal to accept us.”

Then Ridhwaan (the guardian Angel of Jannat) said to the Damsels: “It is not possible for you to gain acceptance by this noble one. Depart and appear tomorrow on the Day of Qiyaamah. When in Jannat, the matter shall be resolved.”

Hadhrat Abu Turaab responded: “I Ridhwaan! Inform them that if tomorrow on the Day of Qiyaamat I am admitted to Jannat, then they may come to render service.”

Hadhrat Abu Jalaa’ (Rahmatullah Alayh) said: “I have seen three hundred Auliya. Abu Turaab Bakhshi was of the loftiest status. Once when I met him in Makkah, I saw that he was healthy and in good spirits. I asked him: “Where do you have your meals? He said: “Sometimes in Baghdad, sometimes in Basrah and sometimes here.”

Whenever Hadhrat Abu Turaab would see any of his mureeds committing a displeasing act, he would resort to Taubah and increase his own mujaahadah (struggle against the nafs). He would comment: “This poor soul has become involved in calamity on account of my evil.”

A Voice Calls Out

Hadhrat Abu Turaab once said, “Desire (i.e. worldly desire) never overwhelmed me except once. Once I was journeying through the wilderness when I developed an intense desire for bread and egg. Suddenly I lost the road and I emerged where a caravan had halted. There was an uproar in a group of people. They were clamouring about something. As their eyes fell on me, they shouted: “You are the one who had stolen our things.” They flogged me 200 lashes. Then there appeared an old man from the caravan. When he approached me, he recognized me. He created a rumpus and shouted: “He is Shaikhul Mashaaikh of Tareeqat. What villainy have you people committed on the Sayyid of the Siddiqeen of Tareeqat?”

The people came forward full of remorse and regret and profusely apologized. I said to them: “O Brothers! I take an oath and say that never has there been a happier time for me than this day. For years I wanted to understand the villainy of my nafs. Today I have seen it.” Then the Buzrug took me to his home. He presented to me warm bread and eggs. As I desired to stretch my hand to the food, I heard a Voice saying: “O Abu Turaab! Eat after having received 200 lashes, and remember that the fulfillment of any desire will be only after being flogged two hundred lashes.”

(Allah Ta’laa submits His selected Auliya to severe trials. Severe ‘punishments’ are imposed on them for even such desires which are valid and permissible as far as the masses are concerned.)

A Journey through the wilderness

Once on a journey through the wilderness with a group of his mureeds, thirst overcame them. The mureeds complained to Hadhrat Abu Turaab about their excessive thirst. Hadhrat Abu Turaab drew a line in the sand and suddenly a stream of cold water began flowing. All the mureeds drank of the water and made wudhu.

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