the height of ikhlas Next year he (abu yazid al-bestami, rahimahullah) returned once more, donning the pilgrim garb separately at the beginning of the desert. In one town he passed through on the way a great throng became his followers, and as he left a crowd went in his wake. “Who are those men?” he demanded, looking back. “They wish to keep you company,” came the answer. “Lord God!” Abu Yazid cried, “I beg of Thee, veil not Thy creatures from Thee through me!” Then, desiring to expel the love of him from their hearts and to remove the obstacle of himself from their path, having performed the dawn prayer he looked at them and said some words (which no one but one from whom the pen of shariah has been lifted would dare to say). “The man has become mad!” they cried. And they left him and departed. ----------- may Allah forgive us for their sakes. Wassalaam.