Imam Ahmad az-Zarruq (q.s.) on the Need for a Guide

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Regarding the need for a guide, Imam Ahmad az-Zarruq (q.s.) said, “Travelling the Way is not an easy task.  And to be on the safe side the traveller needs a guide who has explored the road before him and knows its difficulties.  That is why a shaykh is indispensable for him.  But before he yields to him and entrusts himself he must be sure that the shaykh is the right one who can be trusted, for it is very risky to have confidence in a guide who does not know the road very well and is not acquainted with its perils and dangers.”


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