may seek love ,and you may seek soul.
Seek them both ,but it won't be easy ."
have heard from Bibi Fatima Sam that she said , "
The saints will cast away both worldly and religious
blessings to give a piece of bread or a drink of water
to someone in need. This state is something
one cannot obtain by one hundred thousand fasts and
the discourses of Mir Sayyid Gisu Daraz ,it is written
that one day in the assembly of Shaykh Nasir al Din
Mahmud ,talk fell upon the virtues of Bibi Fatima Sam.
He said , " Bibi Fatima Sam after her death told
someone , "One day by appointment I went to the
revered Lord of Power (i.e., God ) . I passed by the
round of angels ,and suddenly an angel said , "Who
are you ? Why should you be proceeding so carelessly
?" I replied , " I have sworn an oath ; I
am just sitting here until the Most High Lord of Power
summons me; I will go no further."
hour passed. Bibi Khadija and Bibi Fatima Zahra, the
wife and the daughter of Prophet Muhammad ( may god
be pleased with them), came, and I felt at their feet.
They said to me, "Fatima Sam, who is there like
you today? For God Most High has sent us in search of
you." I said, "I am your slave; what honour
could be higher than for you to come in search of me?
But I have sworn an oath." Then the decree came
from God: " Fatima Sam speaks rightly. You both
must depart from here and leave her alone." Then
I heard God call, "Come to Me, to Me." I moved
from that place. To god I Said, "Lord, in Your
presence there are such mannerless ones that Your visitors
will not recognize You." " She spoke these
words, and sighed, from the midst of her tomb."
In the Best of Assemblies, the discourses of Shaykh
Nasir-al-Din Mahmud Chiragh-I Dihli, he says, "One
day , Mawlana Husam al-Din Came into the presence of
Shaykh Nizam al-Din (may God sanctify their secrets).
He said, "Mawlana Husam al-Din, today we saw one
of the substitutes." He asked, "Where did
you see him?" He said, "I was making pilgrimage
to the tomb of Bibi Sam; it is near the enclosure of
a pool. A man appeared carrying cucumbers on his head,
which he brought down to the edge of the pool. He stored
the cucumbers away and performed ablutions in such a
way that I was astonished.
he finished his ablutions, he performed two cycles of
ritual prayer with perfect equanimity. I was astonished
from the experience of seeing his prayer. Then he went
in the water and washed his basket three times. Then,
one by one, he washed the cucumbers, offered prayers
to the Prophet, and put them in the basket, until he
had washed all the cucumbers in this fashion. Then he
picked up the basket and three times put it down in
the pool. He picked it up again ,and set it on the edge
so that the water trickled out. From utter astonishment
,I arose .There was a silver coin in my turban, which
I took out and offered to him.
I said, "Master, accept this." He said, "Shaykh,
excuse me." I said, "Master, for a couple
of copper you wash your cucumbers repeatedly and take
such pain; God Most High now sends you a silver coin
as alms. Why won't you take it?" Again he said,
"Excuse me." I said, "Give us an explanation;
why won't you take it?" He said, " Sit down,
so I can tell you." That man and I both sat down.
" ' " My father used to do the same job. I
was small when my father passed away. My mother taught
me enough rules of worship that I knew how to pray five
times a day. After that, when the hour of her passing
took place, she called me near and said, 'We have tied
up something with a knot; get it out and bring it.'
I put my head on that thing, and there was a knot on
I put it before my mother. She opened it up, and did
something particular. She said, 'This is the way to
prepare the burial shroud, to wash the corpse, and to
perform the burial in the tomb.' She gave me about twenty
dirhams and said, 'This is the fortune of your whole
life. When your father went into gardens, he picked
cucumbers and vegetables and sold them. Thus he spent
his life . you also pick cucumbers and vegetables and
sell them. Don't support yourself in any way but this.'
" 'When the man finished this tale, I realized
that he was one of the Substitues. He accepts nothing
from anyone except under duress ( God have mercy on
him and on all the pious ).' "
Lives of the Saints by Mir Khwurd, he says that Bibi
Fatima Sam is buried on the outskirts of Indrapat township.
Her shrine has become the place where people go for
help with their needs. The writer of these lines observes
that her tomb today is near the Nakhas Gate of Delhi,
but it has fallen into ruin, so that no one knows about
it except if Gods wills. The place that the vulgar call
"Bibi Sham," or which some common people call
"the fasting (sa'im) Bibi" - in both cases
erroneously - is correctly named after Bibi Fatima Sam
(God have mercy on her ) .