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The Incident of Shah Abdul Haadi Amrohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi)’s Contentment

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Once, a yogi came to visit Shah Abdul Haadi Amrohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). He found him living in abject poverty whilst many guests frequented his home. The yogi, feeling sorry for Shah Sahib, mentioned to him that he possessed the knowledge of alchemy (converting metal into gold) which he wished to impart to him. He then showed him the method by practically demonstrating it to him. When he gave Shah Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) the formula, he asked him to place it on the shelf. The yogi placed it there and departed.

After a year, the yogi returned thinking to himself that Shah Sahib must be living in a large mansion, but to his utter surprise, he found him in exactly the same condition as before. The yogi quite surprised, asked him, “Did I not give you a copy of a formula for changing metal into gold? What happened to it?” Shah Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) replied, “I think you left it on the shelf.” The yogi went to the shelf, picked it up and handed it over to Shah Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) who said, “I was feeling ashamed to ask Allah Ta`ala to transform metal into gold for me.”

When the yogi heard this, he requested Shah Sahib to return the formula to which he very willingly acceded. As the yogi was leaving, Shah Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) called him back and said, “I also have a special recipe with me and that recipe is contentment.” When Shah Sahib said this, the yogi replied, “There is no formula greater than that.”  (Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Vol 2 Pg 472)

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