Second Aspect: The forms that meanings take in the imagination of man and the relation of them with scruple.
It is this: when meanings arise in the heart, they enter the imagination stripped of form; it is there that they are clothed in an image or form. The imagination, always affected by some cause, weaves images of a sort. It leaves on the way the images of the things to which it gives importance. Whatever meaning passes through it, it either clothes it, or wears it, or taints it, or veils it. If the meanings are pure and clean, and the images, dirty and base, there is no clothing, but there is contact. The man with scruples confuses the contact with being clothed. He exclaims: “Alas! How corrupted my heart has become. This lowness has made me despicable!” Satan takes advantage of this vein of his. The cure for such a wound is as follows:
Listen, O you unfortunate! Just as outward cleanliness, which is the means to the correct conduct of your prayers, is not affected by the uncleanness of the inside of your inner organs, and is not spoiled by it, so the sacred meanings being close to unclean forms does not harm them. For example, you are reflecting on some Divine signs when suddenly you feel ill, or an appetite, or a stimulation like a need to pass water. Of course your imagination will see whatever is necessary to cure the ill or answer the need, and will look at it, weave lowly forms appropriate to them, and the meanings that arise will pass between them. But there is no harm in their passing, nor soiling, nor error, nor injury. If there is any mistake, it is in paying them attention and imagining the harm.
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- The Second Station of the Twenty-First Word: Waswasa (Scruple); its definition and the ways of disposing it.
- First Aspect: The cure for the anxiety and hopelessness caused by scruple.
- Third Aspect: The association between notions and their relation with scruple.
- Fourth Aspect: The scruple caused by the excessiveness in religion.
- During the prayer some scruples emerge in my heart, what should I do?
- The Eleventh Letter offers a spiritual drug against the delusion of Satan by interpreting the verse "feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan". (an-Nisa: 76)
- Can you evaluate man through the glasses of belief and denial in terms of different aspects he has?
- Question: Is the belief of people who believed in the prophet (PBUH) without seeing him not superior to the belief of the Companions who believed in him by seeing him?
- The Third Reason: The prophethood versus sainthood; the difference between the rank of sainthood and prophethood.
- 2. Prayer