Trust is not something caused, it is something developed. That is to say, what is called ‘trust’ when it is slowly taught to animals by men who tame them, is not trust, but reliance. Real trust is different.

Trust in God, too, is not taught to human beings by God. On the contrary, God gives men so many reasons to have lack of trust (calamities, uncertainties, loss of hope) that it could be said that God actually illustrates that trust in something or someone beneficial is not to be erected on happiness or good experiences alone.


Similarly, the Sufi master does not pose as someone worthy of trust in the sense that clerics and others make sure that their externals and their behaviour inspire the trust which is reliance. Such trust as the latter kind is only to be regarded as worthwhile if it has been tested. For this reason the Sufis have asked, ‘How many friends would you have if you went from one to another asking them to conceal a dead body?’

Trust is something which the Sufi postulant must find from within himself, in spite of what the superficialities seem to indicate. This is one reason that Sufi masters have even made themselves appear ridiculous or untrustworthy to intending disciples.

Sufi Thought and Action

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