Humility, the Path to Greatness

A sagacious youth of noble family landed at a seaport of Turkey and as he displayed piety add wisdom his baggage was deposited in a mosque.

One day, the priest said to him, “Sweep away the dust and rubbish from the Mosque”.

Immediately, the young man went away and no one saw him there again. Thus, did the elder and his followers suppose he did not care to serve.

The next day, a servant of the mosque met him on the road and said, “You did act wrongly. You Know not the best.

Sorrowfully, the youth began to weep. “O soul-cherishing and heart-illuminating friend!” He answered, “ I saw no dirt or rubbish in that holy place but mine own corrupt self. Therefore, I retraced my steps, for a Mosque is better cleansed from such.

“Humility is the only ritual for devotee. If thou desire greatness, be humble; no other ladder is there by which to climb”


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