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Created Three Things In Humans (Part 2)


It is necessary to strengthen the spiritual heart and to weaken the nafs [1] so that the nafs will not be able to deceive the spiritual heart and that the spiritual heart will not develop an evil nature. As wisdom is strengthened by reading and learning Islamic knowledge, likewise the heart is strengthened, or purified, by obeying the Shari'at [2]. Formation of ikhlas [3] in the heart can only be accomplished by the spiritual heart's mentioning the name of Allahu ta'ala often (making Dhikr of Allah through the qalb). Accomplishing "Dhikr of qalb" is possible only by learning it from a perfect Sufi master (Murshid al-Kamil-the Perfect Guide). It is also necessary to empty the spiritual heart from all worldly thoughts formed in the brain due to the sensory information coming via the organs. Once the heart is free from all sorts of worldly thoughts, it starts to do "Dhikr of Allah" automatically. It is similar to emptying the water from a bottle. When you pour the water out, the air automatically enters the bottle. Protecting the spiritual heart from worldly thoughts can be accomplished by the spiritual heart's benefiting (receiving "Fayd" (Nur [light]) from the spiritual heart of the perfect Sufi master. The spiritual luminance (Fayd) flows from one spiritual heart to another by way of love. Death of the perfect spiritual guide or his being in a distant country does not stop the flow of spiritual luminance (Fayd). The perfect spiritual guide (Murshid al-kamil) is an "Ahl as-sunnat" scholar ('alim) who knows Islamic knowledge in depth and does all of his actions sincerely (with ikhlas) in accordance with this knowledge. Obeying the Shari'at and receiving spiritual luminance (Fayd) from the perfect guide (Murshid al-kamil) strengthens the spiritual heart and conversely weakens the nafs. It is for this reason that the nafs does not want the spiritual heart's obeying the divine law (Shari'at) or communing (Sohbat) with the perfect spiritual guide (Murshid al-kamil) or reading the books written by the perfect spiritual guide. It wants spiritual heart to be irreligious and beliefless. Therefore, those who do not follow their wisdom and instead follow their beliefless nafs, become irreligious. The nafs does not die but when it is weakened, it cannot deceive the spiritual heart any longer.

Make thy heart a Garden of Paradise with the fountain of tawhid [4],
And thy soul's garden, render a rosary with the bud of tawhid!
Both without place and without time will experts of heart,
Traverse endless distances with the power of tawhid.
Shameful as thou mayest feel on account of thy wrongdoings,
The end will certainly be good with the rapture of tawhid.
O you, supplicant! The 'Arif-i-billah [5] will free the heart from Seventy thousand curtains with one flash of tawhid.

It is necessary to strengthen the spiritual heart and to weaken the nafs [1] so that the nafs will not be able to deceive the spiritual heart and that the spiritual heart will not develop an evil nature. As wisdom is strengthened by reading and learning Islamic knowledge, likewise the heart is strengthened, or purified, by obeying the Shari'at [2]. Formation of ikhlas [3] in the heart can only be accomplished by the spiritual heart's mentioning the name of Allahu ta'ala often (making Dhikr of Allah through the qalb). Accomplishing "Dhikr of qalb" is possible only by learning it from a perfect Sufi master (Murshid al-Kamil-the Perfect Guide). It is also necessary to empty the spiritual heart from all worldly thoughts formed in the brain due to the sensory information coming via the organs. Once the heart is free from all sorts of worldly thoughts, it starts to do "Dhikr of Allah" automatically. It is similar to emptying the water from a bottle. When you pour the water out, the air automatically enters the bottle. Protecting the spiritual heart from worldly thoughts can be accomplished by the spiritual heart's benefiting (receiving "Fayd" (Nur [light]) from the spiritual heart of the perfect Sufi master. The spiritual luminance (Fayd) flows from one spiritual heart to another by way of love. Death of the perfect spiritual guide or his being in a distant country does not stop the flow of spiritual luminance (Fayd). The perfect spiritual guide (Murshid al-kamil) is an "Ahl as-sunnat" scholar ('alim) who knows Islamic knowledge in depth and does all of his actions sincerely (with ikhlas) in accordance with this knowledge. Obeying the Shari'at and receiving spiritual luminance (Fayd) from the perfect guide (Murshid al-kamil) strengthens the spiritual heart and conversely weakens the nafs. It is for this reason that the nafs does not want the spiritual heart's obeying the divine law (Shari'at) or communing (Sohbat) with the perfect spiritual guide (Murshid al-kamil) or reading the books written by the perfect spiritual guide. It wants spiritual heart to be irreligious and beliefless. Therefore, those who do not follow their wisdom and instead follow their beliefless nafs, become irreligious. The nafs does not die but when it is weakened, it cannot deceive the spiritual heart any longer.

Make thy heart a Garden of Paradise with the fountain of tawhid [4],
And thy soul's garden, render a rosary with the bud of tawhid!
Both without place and without time will experts of heart,
Traverse endless distances with the power of tawhid.
Shameful as thou mayest feel on account of thy wrongdoings,
The end will certainly be good with the rapture of tawhid.
O you, supplicant! The 'Arif-i-billah [5] will free the heart from Seventy thousand curtains with one flash of tawhid.