A certain devotee resided in the company of a saintly man for the sake of improving and rectifying his spiritual life. He diligently applied himself to the Zikr and deeds which the Sheikh prescribed for him. However there was one maid servant of the Sheikh who brought the food to them from the Sheikh's house. By continuously looking at her as she brought the food, his heart became filled with love for her. Thus whenever she brought the food, he cast lustful glances at her, instead of looking at the food.
The maid servant was also a devotee seeking for Allah. She soon realised that this man was casting lustful glances at her. Her enlightened heart perceived the lustful glances and thus she went to complain to the Sheikh: "Sire, a certain Mureed of yours is involved with lustful love. What benefit will there be for him from your prescribed Zikr and spiritual exercises? You should first cure him of this figurative love."
It is the practice of the saintly ones, as far as possible, that they do not expose or humiliate their companions nor those connected with them, so that these people do not loose heart through their disappointment. As the Sheikh is devoted to Allah, his sights are directed at Allah's grace and bounties:
"When Allah's Mercy comes pouring forth,
The fire worshipper of a hundred years
Can become the pride of all Saints.
Do not despise any disbeliever.
Who knows when Allah's Mercy may take him?
It is possible that before death overtakes,
The Kaafir and the Mushrik can become Bayazid (one saintly one)
This can happen within a blink of the eye. "
Hence the Sheikh, in spite of knowing the secret, did not scold
the Mureed and refrained from exposing him. However, within himself he was thinking of a way to cure him of this lustful love.
It so happened that from Allah's side he was inspired with a plan and he acted upon it. He gave the maid servant some laxative which caused her acute diarrhoea. He also instructed her to let the faeces that came out of her accumulate in one bucket.
Due to the purgative she had taken, she defecated about twenty times until she became very weak and thin. Her face became exceedingly pale and her eyes and cheeks turned hollow. Her face appeared frightful like one suffering from cholera. She appeared very unattractive and all her beauty had vanished. The
Sheikh then told her: "Take his food to him today and then quietly stand there."
When the Mureed saw the maid servant, instead of looking at her, he now turned his eyes away and told her: "Put the food down". As he uttered these words the Sheikh entered in the room and said: "0 you fool, why is it that today you turn your eyes away from this girl? What is missing from her today that your love for her has vanished?"
Then the Sheikh instructed the girl to bring the container in which all the faeces has been collected. When she placed it before him, the Sheikh said to the Mureed: "0 foolish one, apart from those faeces, nothing else was extracted from this girl. From this it seems that in actual fact you were in love with these faeces and now that it has gone out of her body, your love is also gone".