best sufi mystic at bergen street quickie mart (2008)

THE SHAYEK

THE SHAYEK isn't just an elderly Sufi mystic who dyes his beard red with henna, speaks 17 languages, and has a photographic memory. He is also in communication with extraterrestrials—when he was learning Arabic, his classmates called him the "Space Shayek." The aliens, he's told, will come and enlighten us on Judgment Day. In the meantime, he strains to overhear cats—who are ETs, just like in Men in Black—communicating.