Addendum The way of “weakness, poverty, compassion and reflection”, which are taken from the Qur’an and lead man to the Divine names of All-Merciful, All-Compassionate and All-Wise; the conditions of this way and its differences from tariqah.

Addendum

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

[This short Addendum has great importance; it is beneficial for everyone.]

The ways leading to Almighty Allah are truly numerous. While all true ways are taken from the Qur’an, some are shorter, safer, and more general than others. Of these ways taken from the Qur’an is that of impotence, poverty, compassion, and reflection, from which, with my defective understanding, I have benefited.

Indeed, like ecstatic love, impotence is a path which, by way of worship, leads to winning Allah’s love; but it is safer. Poverty too leads to the Divine Name of All-Merciful. And, like ecstatic love, compassion leads to the Name of All-Compassionate, but is a swifter and broader path. Also like ecstatic love, reflection leads to the Name of All-Wise, but it is a richer, broader, and more brilliant path. This path consists not of ten steps like the ‘ten subtle faculties’ of some of the Sufi orders (tariqat) employing silent recollection, nor of seven stages like the ‘seven souls’ of those practising public recitation, but of four ‘Steps’. It is reality [haqiqat], rather than a tariqat. It is Shari‘a.

However, let it not be misunderstood. It means to see one’s impotence, poverty and faults before Almighty Allah, not to fabricate them or display them to people. The method of this short path is to follow the Practices of the Prophet (PBUH), perform the religious obligations and give up serious sins. And it is especially to perform the prescribed prayers correctly and with attention, and following them to say the tesbihat.

The verse, Therefore, do not justify yourselves,1 points to the First Step.

The verse, And be not like those who forget Allah, and He therefore makes them forget their own selves,2 points to the Second Step.

The verse, Whatever good happens to you is from Allah, but whatever evil befalls you is from yourself,3 points to the Third Step.

The verse, Everything will perish save His countenance,4 points to the Fourth Step.

A brief explanation of these Four Steps is as follows:

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1. Qur’an, 53:32.
2. Qur’an, 59:19.
3. Qur’an, 4:79.
4. Qur’an, 28:88.

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The First Step: Not purifying the soul.

Second Step: To think of yourself when it comes to death and service of others, to forget yourself when it comes to pleasure and desires.

Third Step: To regard the faults as coming from yourself, to know that all good deeds, power and richness from Allah.

Fourth Step: To give up egotism, to regard himself as a mirror of the manifestation of Allah.

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