Two Ways the Murshid Imparts Knowledge

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Regarding the different methods the murshid may use to teach the murid, Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) said, “Knowledge comes in two ways.  One is by listening from the outside and using that in directing oneself on a way.  But some knowledge comes from the heart, and this is more powerful in pushing one towards his target.  In other words, if a command comes from outside, the ego does not make an effort to keep it, but when it comes from yourself, it has more effect.  The ego never likes to be commanded, but if it is coming from the heart, you see it as honourable.

You may listen to so many lessons, but really you are waiting for that command to come from yourself.  Correct and Divine Guidance come with the second way.  The awliya’ may speak, but they also send inspiration to hearts.  The murshid may teach by inspiration.  Then, one thinks about the knowledge coming, ‘I am thinking this.’  The more we are purified, the more Divine Wisdom can be caught by our hearts’ ears.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) taught that if one can keep his heart pure, and worship sincerely for forty days, then he may catch Divine Wisdom in his heart and may speak wisdom, which is the essence of knowledge.”


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