Hatim Asamm was a pupil and spiritual student of Khwaja Shaqiq of Balkh. After thirty years engaged in this path, his spiritual guide one day asked him if he had derived any benefit during the long period. Hatim respectfully submitted that he had acquired eight useful and beneficial things that he did not have before, and that he did not want anything more. His spiritual guide asked him to describe them, and Hatim began with the following:
The first thing is this, sir: when I saw the people of the world minutely, I found then that everybody has made somebody his beloved and the center of his affection. Those beloveds are of such a type that some are with him until the time of his mortal disease; some stand by him until his death; and some accompany his funeral to the grave. Afterwards, nobody goes with him further. Alas! There is none who may go with him inside the grave and partake of his sorrows and afflictions therein and serve as a lamp in his grave. Seeing this, I thought to myself, that he, indeed, is a good beloved and a friend who may go with an individual inside the grave, be sympathetic and serve as a lamp in the grave, and may help him cross the hurdles.
I have come to understand that the beloved capable of doing such good things is no other than good actions, so I made them and treated them as my beloved and made them my pleader, so that they may stand by me within the grave, and serve as a bright lamp shedding light, and intercede for me therein, and be with me at every stage, and never leave or desert me.
From a letter of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz to Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki,
Thy Mystical Philosophy of Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti
Hazrat Dr. Zahurul Hassan Sharib
Gudri Shah Baba IV