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 Post subject: The Method of Sufism
PostPosted: September 21st, 2014, 1:13 pm 
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The [mystic] way is that you cut off your attachments completely, so that your heart no longer pays attention to: family, children, possessions, homeland, and [even] sanctity. Rather, you have to endure until your state is such that the absence and the presence of these things are equal to you. Then you isolate yourself in a private corner [somewhere] and limit your acts of worship to the obligatory prayers and to the established supererogatory prayers (rawatib), and you sit, empty of heart, concentrating your attention, preparing to draw near to God Most High, through your remembrance of Him.

This is at the beginning of the matter: you persist in remembering God Most High with your tongue, such that you do not stop saying: ‘Allah’, ‘Allah’ with presence of heart and full consciousness until you reach a state in which, if you were to stop moving your tongue, you would find it as if still invoking the word [‘Allah’], because it has grown so accustomed to it. Still you endure patiently doing that, until the role of your tongue is gone but your soul and heart continue invoking without your tongue moving. Then you persist until nothing remains in your heart except the meaning of the word [‘Allah’], and your mind does not think of the letters or form of the word [‘Allah’]—only purely the meaning, present in your heart, necessarily and at all times.

You can choose things only up to this point. After this you have no control, except in continuing to repel distracting thoughts. Then you lose your power of choice, and nothing remains for you except to wait and see what happens to you by way of ‘spiritual openings’ [‘futuh’], like what happens to the saints (and which are actually only a mere part of what happens to the Prophets). It may be something like a passing lightning bolt that does not last; then it comes back. But it may delay, yet if it comes back then it may stay, and stabilize [in you]. If it stays, it may stay for a long time, or perhaps just a short period. Or it may happen in succession. And there may be different varieties. The stations of the saints are countless, in accordance with their different natures and virtues. That is the method of Sufism; it has been summarized as complete purification on your behalf, along with serenity and clarity; and then preparedness and waiting, only.

- From The Scale of Deeds by Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (Translated by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal)

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