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Hadrat Sayyiduna Ahmed bin Jafer – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that he heard from Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Ali Husain bin Khayraan – may Allah be pleased with him – that, “Once, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Turab Nakshi – may Allah be pleased with him – visited a certain barber and told him, ‘For the sake of Allah! Please give me a haircut.’
The barber ordered him to take a seat. The barber shaved his head and during that moment the Governor of that region walked past. When he saw the great Saint, he asked his servant, “Is this Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Turab Nakshi?”
The servant replied that indeed this was the great Saint, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Turab Nakshi – may Allah be pleased with him.
The Governor then asked his servant how much he had in his pocket and he replied that he had one thousand Dinaars in his leather pouch. The Governor then instructed his servant that when Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Turab Nakshi – may Allah be pleased with him – had completed his haircut, he was to hand over the one thousand Dinaars to him and also apologize that at that moment they did not have any extra money to give him.
The servant then approached Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Turab Nakshi – may Allah be pleased with him – and said to him, “Hadrat! The governor of this region has instructed me to hand these monies to you and also apologises that this was the only monies which he had with him if he had more, he would have certainly given that to you as well.”
When the great Saint heard this, he asked the person to hand this over to the barber instead.
However, the barber looked at the money and asked what he would do with this. In other words, he himself refused to accept the money. As a matter of fact, the barber made the remark that even if the amount was two thousand Dinaars, he had no need for so much of money.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Turab Nakshi – may Allah be pleased with him – then looked at the servant of the Governor and said, “Take this money back to the Governor and inform him that even an ordinary barber had refused to accept his money and that he should keep these monies with him and spend on those things which were obligatory on him.” (Uyunul Hikaayah)