Relishing Obsurity

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam ‘Abd al-Khaliq ash-Shabrawi (q.s.) wrote, in “Degrees of the Soul”, on the wayfarer of the Path, saying, “He must, therefore, relish obscurity and whatever conduces to it, and he must behave in such a manner as to prevent people from thinking much of him, so that whenever he is seen, he is paid neither much attention nor consideration, nor does anyone return his greetings.  This is the state of the sincere seeker.”

Imam ‘Abd al-Khaliq ash-Shabrawi (q.s.) was a descendant of Sayyidina ‘Umar ibn al-Khaththab (r.a.), from his paternal side; and Sayyidina ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.), from his maternal side.


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