Checked & Annotated
Abu Hibban & Abu Khuzaimah Ansaari
How Do The Sūfīs Behave With Other People?
I bought a shop from one of the Sūfi Shaīkh’s disciples (the Sūfi Shaīkh who was mentioned previously) but on a condition that he must act as a guarantor and guarantee that the person who rents it now, should not be late in paying the rent, and so he agreed to that condition.
After a while, the person who was renting the shop stopped paying the rent. So I complained about it to the guarantor (the first owner who I bought it from) but he refused to compensate me and argued that renter had no money to pay even though in reality he was taking the rent money from the renter. After a few days the guarantor went for Hajj with his Sūfi teacher. I became shocked by this incident and then realised that he lied to me.
I told other close disciples of the Sūfi Shaīkh about this incident and how the guarantor cheated me. So they said to me, ‘What can we possibly do about this?’
Whereas the reality is that if these people were truly honest and fair they would have helped me get my rights (i.e. the rent money) returned back to me from this fraudulent individual. I went several times to the guarantor’s house and to his textile business to find him. Whilst I was doing this, a person who used to sing and dance in front of the Sūfi Shaīkh saw me. He realised straight away that I was looking for his Sūfi brother. So I asked him about the person I was looking for and told him about my situation.
Instead of helping me by taking me to the guarantor or telling me of his whereabouts, he became angry with me and started swearing at me and insulting me. I then stopped looking for him and knew in my heart that these are the manners of the Sūfis which Allah and His Messenger (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) warned us about by stating,
“Whoever has the following four (characteristics) will be a pure hypocrite and whoever has one of the following four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless and until he gives it up.
1. Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays.
2. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.
3. Whenever he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous.
4. Whenever he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and insulting manner.”
(Agreed Upon by Bukhārī and Muslim)