Soefi Museum

Stichting Soefi Museum Pir-o-Murshid Musharaff Khan


Mr. Mitchell: Training

Mr. Mitchell told that when Pir-o-Murshid was in Southampton, he used to have a class in which the mureeds had to ask a question, and another mureed had to answer. You were told that next time you would be asked to put a question.
When I had my turn, being what I thought rather intelligent, I thought out a very clever question, a long one, with many clauses to it, and to make sure it would not go wrong in the day I committed it to memorize. When my turn came to say it, I felt very optimistic and I said it all correctly. Pir-o-Murshid turned to a mureed and said: Will you answer this question? The mureed replied, “I am afraid I don’t know anything about the subject, I can’t answer”. Pir-o-Murshid said, “Mr Mitchell, would you mind repeating the question?’ Somehow or other I began to feel less optimistic, but I repeated the question. Pir-o-Murshid asked another mureed to answer it. The mureed replied: I am afraid I don’t understand the question”. Pir-o-Murshid said to me, “Would you mind repeating it again?” My optimism was gone! But I struggled to say it all over again. Pir-o-Murshid asked another mureed to answer it. She replied: “I can’t understand Mr Mitchell’s pronunciation, he has such a funny way of speaking” and Pir-o-Murshid put his head back and laughed so heartily. I shall never forget that laugh. It was a laugh of wisdom, and it taught me a lesson for my whole life.
(from the brown booklet of Shahzadi, p. 19)