By Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al-Sulami, Sheikh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi al-Halveti (Translator)
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A friend is he who is ever united with me and keeps my secrets from everyone. t. t. " Uphold these fiYe virtues for the preservationof your being: Keep safe what has been lent to you; Protect and pr"r"ru" th. good in yourself; be truthful and honest; be 83 THE BOOKOF SUFICHIVALRY patient, pure, and selflesstoward your brothers; and seekthe salvation of your soul. Whoever loses one of these virtu€s loses his aim. " Yahya ibn Mu'adh said that Futuwwah is peace, generosity, loyalty, and modesty. Abul-Hasan ibn Sam'un said that Futuwwah is not doing in secret that which would shame you if done openly.
Neverthelesshe agreed to lead us so as not to oppose our wish, When we came to the sheikh's door, our friend stayed away. The sheikh said, 'l thought that my place in his heart was such that he would feel free to come to my house without invitation. ' We tried to convince the sheikh that it was not necessary,but he had made an oath. So we laid a clean cloth on the floor, and the sheikh placed the side of his face there. We lifted our friend 9l THE BOOKOF SUFICHIVALRY by the arms so that his feet lightly touched the sheikh's face.
Spend what you have on your friends. " Show compassionboth to the ones who obey and the ones who rebel. Muhammad ibn 'Abdullah ibn Shadhanreports this story of Ibrahim al-Atrush: "We were sitting on the shoresof the Tigris River with Ma'ruf al-Karkhi. A boat full of young people drinking and playing tambourin€s was passingby. One of the dervishessaid, 'O Abu Mahfuz, do you see the ones who revolt againsttheir Lord in that boat? ' saidone of his people. '" Know the value of your friends, and in their company forget all the good deeds you did for them.