Love for the shaykh

– Hajj Ahmad Thomson, in the book The Difficult Journey, wrote:

After all the meeting we had had along the way, I knew for certain that the only shaykh with whom I really wanted to be was my own Shaykh. Although one should not really be concerned with comparing different shaykhs, for it is like comparing different mirrors- whatever their outward forms, they are bound to give you basically the same reflection – I met no one who was as balanced or as knowledgeable or as wise or as correctly behaved as Shaykh Abdal Qadir as-Sufi. I realized how pure an Islam it was that he embodied and transmitted, and just how accurate and perceptive and truthful his words were. I could not wished for a better guide and teacher.

Everyone Is Right

The beauty of it all is that every sincere follower of a Shaykh is certain that his or her shaykh is the best Shaykh in the world – and they are all right, for every one is given the Shaykh that they deserve, in accordance with their own sincerity and strength of resolution, the Shaykh who is best suited to guide them along the path that leads to knowledge and wisdom. One may visit many Shaykhs for the baraka and for spiritual gifts and knowledges, but one only takes one Shaykh as one’s spiritual healer and guide along the path that leads to self knowledge and gnosis of Allah.

Loyalty to one’s shaykh and trust in him is part of sincerity. One of the gifts of our journey so far had been the realization and confirmation of this basic truth. I had always trusted Shaykh Abdal Qadir from the first moment that we had met, but it was good to realize more fully just how good and realible a guide he was, and to know with greater certainty that I had no desire or need to look for any other shaykh.


~ by The Murabit Blog on 06/10/2010.

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