“I was once at the kuttab (Quranic school) scribbling in my sheet when a man approached and told me “a Sufi never smears the whiteness of a sheet with black ink.” I replied: “You don’t get it right. A Sufi is one who never smears the whiteness of his records with the darkness of his sins.” — Al-Mursi on his childhood
Abul Abbas Al-Mursi is a 13th-century Sufi saint that left his hometown, Murcia (present-day Spain), and traveled to North Africa, where he finally settled in Alexandria. His is a very interesting tale, and his mausoleum remains to be venerated by the people in Alexandria.
Here is an article of mine about his story, published by Ahram Online: