I strongly advise you to follow the Muhammadan Sunna and to remember your Lord whenever your state is constricted and whenever it is expansive. You should say the prayer on your Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. This is because if you are like this, then you will truly be the slaves of Allah. Whoever is truly the slave of Allah is not the slave of his passion. He is a wali of Allah.

Take care! Again, I repeat – take care! Be careful not to let anything distract you from your Lord since there is nothing in reality except Allah. “Allah was and there is nothing with Him, He is now as He was.” Know that when a man has need of something, that is because of his ignorance and lack of knowledge. If it had not been for his ignorance, he would not need anything except Allah. The Mighty Qur’an and hadith of the Prophet both testify to this. Listen to the answer of the saint of Allah, Sayyidi Sahl at-Tustari, to one of his murids who said to him, “Master – food!” He told him, “Allah.” The murid remained silent for awhile and then said, “We must have food.” He told him, “We must have Allah.” I say that, by Allah, in reality we and others have no need except Allah. If we are His, He is ours as in the past with others – He was theirs if they were His.

I also advise you to always keep together and to remind one another in your Path throughout your entire lifetime as those before you have done. Take care! Again, I repeat – take care! Be careful not to try to hasten an opening as some of you and others seek to do. If you do that, you will miss the excellence of the Path and its blessing, secret, baraka, and bliss because when someone wants to pluck something before it is permissible for him, that results in him being deprived of it. It is absolutely necessary that you keep together and have respect and esteem for one another. You should honour one another and show esteem for one another. Fulfil the contract of Allah when you make a contract. Love one another and show affection to one another as the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said. Be on your guard against being foolish and insolent and against treachery, dishonesty or abandoning the Path. Allah gives success.

Know that concern for a thing is something immense. We and you have no concern except for Allah’s favour to us. The ‘man’ (rajul) denotes the one who does not lack strength, is not lazy and does not slack off. He fights his nafs. He gives it a little of the things which it hates and are burdensome for it until it is annihilated. “Annihilation is obliteration, disappearance, leaving your nafs, extinction,” as the wali, Sayyidi Abu’l-Mawahib at-Tunisi, said in his Qawanin.