The rude dervish

A poorly dressed dervish came to Baba Farid who gave him something and permitted him to depart. The dervish remained standing and asked the shaykh to give him the comb, which he had taken out from its cover and placed on the prayer-carpet.

As the comb was not worth anything and had been long used by the shaykh, he did not reply to the request.

The dervish began to shout loudly: “If the shaykh gives me this comb, he will receive plenty of blessings.”

“Be off”, Baba Farid replied, “and do not disturb me any more. I throw you and your blessings into the river.”