It so happened that a seeker asked to become a student of a Sufi.
“First you need to answer a certain question. If you are able to give a correct answer, you’ll be accepted as a murid after a period of one thousand and one days”.
The seeker received the question and spared no effort until she found the solution. She conveyed the answer to the Sufi who said:
“This is correct. You may go. Wait until one thousand and one days have passed and come back for instruction”.
The seeker was overjoyed. She thanked the Sufi and asked him:
“What would have happened in case I had not given the right response?”
The Sufi answered:
“Oh, in that case, you would have been admitted immediately”.