Sahl ibn Abd Allah al-Tostari (Part-8)



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"He also said," he went on, " 'Has the time not come for you to put off the Magian hat from your head?' Behold I have put it off."

Then Shadh-Del said, "I bear witness that there is no god but God, and I bear witness that Mohammad is the Messenger of God." He went on, "The shaikh said, say, 'He who was your shaikh and your master counselled you well, and it is a rule of discipleship to accept the master's counsel. Behold, Shadh-Del has cut the outward girdle. If you wish to see me at the resurrection, I solemnly adjure you, every one of you, cut your inward girdles.'"

Great commotion arose in the congregation when Shadh-Del finished, and there followed amazing spiritual manifestations.

On the day when Sahl was borne to the grave, many people thronged the streets. Now there was a Jew of seventy years in Tostar; when he heard the noise and clamour, he ran out to see what was happening. As the procession reached him, he cried out,
"Men, do you see what I see? Angels are descending from heaven and stroking his bier with their wings!"
And immediately he uttered the attestation and became a Muslim.

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