- Author Hazrat Inayat Khan
There is a story told of Hafiz Shirazi, who, together with ten others named Hafiz, was being trained under the same Murshid.
A certain time was set apart for their meditation and other practices, and a certain time for food and sleep. Hafiz Shirazi kept awake during the night in rapt contemplation of Allah.
After years of patient waiting, one evening the Murshid in ecstasy called for Hafiz. The wakeful Hafiz was the only one who heard, and he answered the call and was blessed by the Murshid, who chose this ideal time to inspire all his mureeds.
Each time he called for Hafiz, the same Hafiz answered the call, all the others being asleep. So the wakeful one received an elevenfold blessing, his own and those of the ten others who lost this precious opportunity by their sleep. And Hafiz became the greatest spiritual healer of his time, whose every word, from that day to this, has been powerful to heal.