He held innocent sports and plays as lawful, played with his wives and held races with them. He used to drink milk of camels and goats along with his family members and give them equal shares in foods and dresses. He passed no time uselessly except for Allah. He used to walk in the gardens of his companions for recreation. He did not hate the poor for their poverty, not fear the kings for their mighty power. He used to call the people, high or low, towards Allah. Allah adorned him with all the qualities, and good administration although he was illiterate. His boyhood was spent along with the shepherds and he used to graze sheep and goats. He was an orphan and his parents died in his infancy.
But he said, “I will not allow you to go further unless you pay up my money.” I said, “I have nothing here just now.” He said, “Okay then allow me just to put my finger on your body.” I agreed. When he touched my chest with his finger, it burnt my body so severely that I woke up crying loudly. I saw that my chest had a burn and it is still painful. I undertook many treatments but to no avail.” Then he showed his chest to the gathering at the perfumer's shop. Seeing it, people began to weep fearing their own Hereafter. The perfumer also became very fearful of God's anger. He took that Indian to his house, returned his trust to him and begged for his pardon.
It was mentioned that the Auliyaa of former times had undergone great struggles. Hadhrat commented: “Yes. The Mashaaikh of former times paid great attention to the reformation of character. They underwent intense hardships and struggles for this. Some worked for years in bathrooms (. preparing hot water) some spent years in the wilderness, etc. At that time they did not pay so much attention to thikr and shaghl (. prescribed forms of thikr and spiritual exercises). They had much courage and resolve and could bear the severest struggles. They regarded the Baarah Tasbeeh (the 12 tasbeehs) as being very advanced while nowadays this is the elementary instruction (for mureeds). The people of these times no longer have the same strength and resolve as the people of former times. In view of this weakness, the Mujtahideen of Tasawwuf have introduced concessions and made the task (of Islaah) easier.”