One day Sahl said, “Repentance is a duty incumbent upon a man every moment, whether he be of the elect or the common folk, whether he be obedient to God or disobedient.” There was a certain man in Tostar who laid claim to be learned and an ascetic. He protested against this statement of Sahl’s. “He says that the disobedient must repent of his disobedience, and the obedient of his obedience.” And he turned the people against Sahl, making him out to be a heretic and an infidel. All, commons and nobles alike, took up his charge. Sahl refrained from disputing with them to correct their misunderstanding. Fired by the pure flame of religion, he wrote down on paper a list of all his possessions, farms, houses, furniture, carpets, vessels, gold and silver. Then he gathered the people and scattered the pages over their heads. He gave to every man all that was inscribed on the page that he picked up, as a token of gratitude for their relieving him of his worldly goods. Having given everything away, he set out for Hejaz. ----------------- Mufti Rafiq sa'adi also related about certain awliya who were falsely charged with nothing less than kufr and even had to leave their native cities and take up residence elsewhere because all people had been incited against them.