May God destroy thy self interest!


Someone came to Shibli, may Allah have mercy upon him. ( Shibli) asked:

What are you?

He answered:

I am that dot which is placed under (the letter) ‘b’: that is, there is nothing lower than I.

(Shibli) said:

May God destroy thy self interest!

Thanks to Allah that I do not exist any more!

A student came seeking the saint Shibli and found him sweeping the forecourt of the mosque. “Old man,” he said, “I am looking for the great Shibli, have you seen him?” “He left here thirty years ago,” said Shibli. “Good riddance. I hope he never returns!”