ed for such a consciousness, then the "why of “what” RasulAllah brought is opens
to him at the level of realization known as "certainty through
haqq ul yakeen
(worship-free of a God) at that station. His is "actual belief" in theone named as "ALLAH" at that level. He is purified from the spiritual power of "heartlessdiscovery, unveiling" (
) and possesses the spiritual power of "caringdiscovery" (
). He begins to perceive the secrets of the Qur'an that rule tillDoomsday. He who experiences that spiritual state is called as "
(Aware -Gnostic).Almost all the persons whose believers (
) among common people assumethem to be saints (
) and even regard them suitable for the spiritual status of
(chief center authorities of spiritual influence) and are at that realm ofconsciousness. Those persons may sometimes think themselves as real possessors ofthose spiritual positions (
) due to their level of comprehension, whereas theirs isyet no more than a small accumulation of water coming down from the fountain ofsainthood (
MAM NAWAWI ON JIHAD AL-NAFS
(The Garden of Gnostics),Beirut: Dar al-kitab al-arabi, 1405/1985 p.53-54.
, may God have mercy on him:
"Only the sincere one
)." This means that it is impossible to know the reality ofhypocrisy and see its hidden shades except for one who resolutely seeks (
)sincerity. That one strives for a long time (
) searching and meditatingand examining at length within himself until he knows or knows something of whathypocrisy is. This does not happen for everyone. Indeed, this happens only with thespecial ones (
). But for a given individual to claim that he knows whathypocrisy is, this is real ignorance on his part.I shall mention in this book a chapter, God willing, in which you will see a type of wonderthat will cool your eyes. To illustrate the great extent of the concealment of hypocrisy weonly need relate the following from the Teacher and ImamAbu al-Qasim al-Qushayri[the sufi shaykh], may God have mercy on him, from his '
' with our isnadpreviously mentioned.He said: "I heard Muhammad ibn al-Husayn say: I heard Ahmad ibn 'Ali ibn Ja'far say: Iheard al-Hasan ibn 'Alawiyya say:Abu Yazid al-Bistami,may God be well pleased withhim, said: I was for twelve years the blacksmith of my ego (
), then for fiveyears I became the mirror of my heart (
), then for a year I looked at what laybetween the two of them and I saw around me a visible belt [i.e. of kufr = thevestimentary sign of a dhimmi]. So I strove to cut it for twelve years and then lookedagain, and I saw around me a hidden belt. So I worked to cut it for five years, looking to