Gulistan of Saadi
The Morals of Dervishes
I remember, being in my childhood pious, rising in the night, addicted to devotion and abstinence.
One night I was sitting with my father, remaining awake and holding the beloved Quran in my lap,
whilst the people around us were asleep. I said: ‘Not one of these persons lifts up his head or makes a
genuflection. They are as fast asleep as if they were dead.’ He replied: ‘Darling of thy father, would
that thou wert also asleep rather than disparaging people.’
The pretender sees no one but himself
Because he has the veil of conceit in front.
If he were endowed with a God-discerning eye
He would see that no one is weaker than himself.