The Murid's Conviction in His 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 have the conviction that only his shaykh should take care of his education, guidance, training and teaching.  If we should look towards someone else as being comparable to him or even more perfect than him, then our connection with our shaykh, based on love and inclination, is weak and because of that the words, and the spiritual states, of our shaykh will have little effect on us.  The way by means of which words get through to us, and give us a connection with the states of our shaykh, is love.  If our love is more perfect, then the more our disposition will be open to be educated by our shaykh.


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