Sheikh Farid and sugar

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When Sheikh Farid was a few years old his mother taught him his prayers. Sheikh Farid Ji asked what was gained by his prayers.

His mother replied 'sugar'.

She used to accordingly hide some sugar under his prayer-carpet, and, when he had finished his prayers, draw it forth, and give it to Sheikh Farid Ji as a reward for his devotion.

On one occasion, when his mother was absent, he prayed a great deal, and, it is said, a great supply of sugar - a miraculous gift from God - was found under his carpet. Some he ate himself and the rest he gave to his playfellows. He related the circumstance to his mother on her return.

It was then his mother gave him the surname Shakar Ganj, meaning a "treasury of sugar".

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