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A Not-So-Secluded Saint
Portrait of a Begging Dervish, Ottoman Turkey, 17th century. Click for larger image.

I heard in Alexandria of the character of Abu Abdallah of Murshidi, and that he was one of the great interpreting saints secluded in the Minyat of Ibn Murshed: and that he had there a cell, but was without either servants or companion. Here he was daily visited by emirs, viziers, and crowds of other people, whose principal object was to eat with him. He accordingly gave them food, such as they severally wished to have, of victuals, fruit or sweetmeats; a circumstance which has seldom taken place in any days but his. These were his constant and well-known practices... I went to him and entered, when the Sheikh arose and embraced me. He then brought out victuals and ate with me.