One day I asked him, “Why do you recite these words so often?"
He answered, "I do this because of a strange incident that happened in my life. When I was younger I would attend weddings and functions which were attended by females only. I would dress as a woman and draw a veil over my face so that they would not know that I was a man. In this way I would join in their functions and sit amongst them. It so happened that there was a wedding function in the home of the ruler. I attended as usual. Incidentally, a piece of valuable jewelry was stolen and the ruler instructed that all the women be searched. All the women were accordingly told to remove their veils.
When this happened I began to recite these words, "O Eternal Being, your Kindness is also eternal." I also took a pledge with Allah that if He concealed my identity I would never attend female functions again. As they were about to search me it was announced that the remaining women should be left alone as the jewelry had been recovered. That day I repented to Allah and promised never to return to such a sin again."
(Az Zahrul Faa'ih Fi Thikr Man Tanazzaha Anith Thunubi Wal Qaba'ih)