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Bishr and the Drunkard

"Bishr ibn al-Harith once met a drunkard on the road, who began kissing him and shouting: "Ya sayyidi! Ya Aba al-Nasr!" and Bishr did not push him away from him. When the drunkard left Bishr's eyes filled with tears and he said: "A man who loved another man because he imagined that there was some good in him--and yet perhaps the lover is saved, while the one who is loved is uncertain about his own condition."

Bishr al-Hafi (d. 227/841) was descended from a Khorasani Zoroastrian named Babur. Bishr used to be a drunk, repented, turned to the study of hadith, then took tasawwuf from Fudayl ibn `Iyad and Muslim al-Khawwas in Baghdad.


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