<center>Abu ‘l-Qasem al-Junaid al Baghdadi:ra: Taken from the translation of tadhkiratul awlia by A.J Arberry There was a sayyid called Naseri who was on the pilgrimage intent. When he reached Baghdad he went to visit Junaid. “Whence comes the sayyid?” Junaid enquired when greetings had been said. “From Gilan,” he replied. “Of whose sons are you?” asked Junaid. “I am descended from Ali the Prince of the Believers, God be well pleased with him,” the man answered. “Your forefather wielded two swords,” said Junaid. “One against the unbelievers, the other against himself. Now, sayyid, you who are his son, which of these two do you employ?” The sayyid wept bitterly when he heard these words and grovelled before Junaid. “Master, my pilgrimage is here,” he exclaimed. “Show me the way to God.” “Your breast is the private sanctuary of God,” said Junaid. “So far as you are able, admit naught unsanctified into the private sanctuary.” “That is all I want to know,” said the sayyid.