"...the woollen raiment is the habit of the prophets and the badge of the saints and elect, as appears in many traditions and narratives."His assertions are borne out by the following two expressions
|Both of these expressions refer to those who wear woollen clothes.|
"By reliable account, Jesus, son of Mary, had a patchwork cloak, which he wore when he ascended into heaven. One of the masters of the Path once said that he had seen him in a dream, wearing that same old patchy wollen cloak, and that beams of light shone from every patch. He explained, 'I cried, "O Christ, how come these beams of light from your dress?" And he replied, "These are the rays of my misery. Every rip and tear which I had to mend, the Good Lord turned to light, representing all the pangs of suffering which have stung my heart." '" Hojwiri, 'Ali ibn-Osman, Kashf Al-Mahjub: ed. V.A.Zhukovtsky, Leningrad, 1926, trans R.A.NicholsonWe are led to the inexorable conclusion, therefore, that the original Sufis were more famed for their asceticism than their knowledge, and that the term was more often used to denote someone who forswore worldly wealth to pursue the riches of heaven, than a master of philosophy.
|There is no God but He. All things are perishable but He