The Stations of Taswawwuf

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Once, a student of Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.) asked him about the four stations of taswawwuf.  Mawlana (q.s.) told him to go the room next door and asked him to slap each of the four students that were there.

So the student slapped each of the four students in the room.  The first one got up and slapped him back.  The second one got up and just as he was about to slap him, he stopped half way.  The third one just glanced at his face.  The fourth one just continued to do his work.  The student came back to Mawlana (q.s.) who explained to him:

“The first one was at the level of shari’ah, so he dealt with you at the level you dealt with him.  The second one was at the level of thariqa’, so he (remembered) and dealt with you, how his shaykh reminded him to deal with you.  The third one had the knowledge that it was all the doings of the Divine (ma'arifah), but he was curious to know whom Allah (s.w.t.) had sent to carry out the attack.  The fourth one was in Divine Annhilation and had already reached to haqiqa’, so he had no concern whatsoever.”


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