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The outward state of the faqir which you see must inevitably be his inward state as ibn ‘Ata’Illah said in the Hikam, “Whatever is lodged in the unseen part of the secret appears in the testimony of the outward”. Faqir, sometime we see you inclining to the people of the outward, and sometimes to the people of the inward, sometimes you turn in both directions and sometimes you turn away from both directions.

Sometimes you are energetic and sometimes you are lazy and slacken off. Sometimes you accept the truth and sometimes you do not accept it, and so on. We see that your words are the words of the sufis, may Allah be pleased with them, and at the same time your passion plays with you. It is always like that.

Your state saddens me, and i want to offer you counsel. The aim of my advice to you is that you turn in tawba to your Lord from the passions which play with you. You should only approach the one who calls you to your Lord without confusion. As for your attachment to everyone, there is no good in it for you since  Allah-ta’ala said, “If you obey most of those in the earth, they will misguide you from the way of Allah”.

There is no doubt that your safety, my safety, and the safety of everyone lies in following the people of the Muhammadan sunna. They are the gathering about which the hadith of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has come down; “The hand of Allah is with the gathering” since there is no doubt that it follows the agreement of Allah.

If there are few people in it, still there are many. The gathering can consist of one man if his foot is firm in the sunna of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace outwardly and inwardly. The gathering of many people is not a gathering if it is not based on the sunna of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

One man can be a community as well if his heart is based on on the heart of the prophet of Allah-ta’ala, Sayyiduna Ibrahim, the friend, peace be upon him since Allah-ta’ala said in His Book: Ibrahim was an obedient community”.

Peace

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