Honesty with the Shaykh

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam Mahmud ibn ‘Ali al-Qashani (q.s.) wrote, in Miswbah al-Hidayah wa Miftah al-Kifayah, “The Lamp of Right Guidance & the Key to What is Sufficient,” that the murid should reveal his own secrets to his shaykh.  It is not permitted for the murid to hide his secrets from the shaykh.  Every gift of grace, and each other gift, as has been Willed to be ours by Allah (s.w.t.), should be shown in clear language or explanations to the shaykh, so that he can be the judge thereof.

It is like this, that when in our consciousness a personal secrets remains hidden, then in our inner being a knot may form itself, which may make it impossible to receive advice and help from the shaykh.  When we present it to our shaykh, then the knot opens up, and the impediment is removed.


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