August 23, 2007

"Hypocrite"

Prayer for the Dead

Sufian Thauri heard that a funeral was to take place, and he followed the coffin. He prayed at the graveside.

After the service, people began to say what a good man the deceased had been.

'I should not have prayed for that man', said Sufian, 'for when you hear people speak well of a man, it is generally because he is a hypocrite, whether he knew it or not. If a man is not a hypocrite, there are always many who do not speak well of him.'

Source: "The Way of The Sufi", by Idries Shah

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