Friends of Shebli: Sufi Story from Tazkara Awliya
Friends of Shebli: Sufi Story from Tazkara Awliya [by Shaykh Faridudin Attar]
When Shebli was confined in chains a group of his companions one day went to visit him.
“Who are you?” he cried.
“Your friends,” they told him.
He at once began to throw stones at them, and they all fled.
“Liars!” he shouted. “Do friends run away from their friend because of a few stones? This proves that you are friends of yourselves, not of me!”