Annihilation in the Spiritual Guide

Spiritual guide is a perfect Fakir who grants the true seeker the closeness, union, and gnosis of Allah. Annihilation in the spiritual guide (fana fi Shaikh) is one of the most dignified stations in the path of Faqr. It is inevitable to reach the station of annihilation in spiritual guide before annihilating in the Holy Prophet and Allah by perishing one’s own identity in the Essence and becoming immortal with Him. One achieves this on the truth of certainty.

The stage of annihilating in the spiritual guide has always been desirable yet baffling for Allah’s seekers because they can behold his alive physical being. Therefore, the notion of annihilating in him is outside the realm of their comprehension. However, the passion of love for spiritual guide (Murshid) keeps them restless all the time to perish their being in him.

Fana fi Shaikh is the most difficult task and the gain of all efforts in Faqr. The spiritual guide is already annihilated in Prophet Mohammad and Allah. Therefore, after annihilating in him, reaching the levels of annihilation in Prophet and Allah are barely any tasks. True effort is made to reach the station of annihilation in the spiritual guide.

Fana fi Shaikh in words of Sultan Bahoo

Sultan Bahoo explained annihilation in the spiritual guide as:

  • Annihilation in the spiritual guide means that seeker’s body, words and states become same as that of the spiritual guide. That is to say, the characteristics, behaviors, appearance and nature rather the entire existence of the seeker and the spiritual guide become one and the same. (Nur-ul-Huda-Kalan)

Seeker attains this level through ardent love and closeness of spiritual guide, and with ultimate submission.

  • The relation of a true seeker with his spiritual guide is as the saying goes:

لَحْمُکَ لَحْمِیْ وَ دَمُکَ دَمِیْ

Meaning: Your flesh is my flesh; your blood is my blood.

The seeker slayed by love sacrifices his being on the spiritual guide. He keeps sobbing in pangs of love and remains as humble as dust. (Nur-ul-Huda-Kalan)

Fana fi Shaikh is impossible without ardent love

Until the love of spiritual guide gains passion, neither the identity of seeker perishes nor will the essence of Murshid manifest in his being. A seeker who is not an ardent lover of his Murshid will hesitate to sacrifice his being on Murshid and will lack in submission. Thus, reaching the magnificent level of annihilation in spiritual guide will become arduous. And if one fails to reach the level of annihilation in spiritual guide then reaching the levels of annihilation in Prophet Mohammad and Allah will become impossible.

It is also a fact that in the beginning of journey, seeker is not able to love his spiritual guide as much because his inward contains love of worldly relations like parents, siblings, or children. However, as he invokes and contemplate Ism-e-Allah Zaat and adopts the company of spiritual guide, the inward gradually becomes independent of these mortal affections. And he begins to gain the true love of perfect and accomplished spiritual guide, who is the manifestation of Divine Essence. The condition is the spiritual guide must be perfect and accomplished and seeker has complete faith in him. Before gaining the true love of spiritual guide it is utmost important for seeker to reach oneness at the level of spiritual guide (Tawhid-e-Mutlab).

Oneness at the level of spiritual guide (Tawhid-e-Mutlab)

Sayyid Mohammad Zauqi Shah defines Tawhid-e-Mutlab in the following words:

Tawhid-e-Mutlab is to turn one’s attention solely towards the spiritual guide and loving him ardently even more than the wealth and life itself. It is to have faith that even if there are numerous Fakirs in the world, but my desire would only be achieved through my spiritual guide.  Only he contains keys to open the door of success for me. Until the seeker achieves this kind of oneness, he will not be able to gain beneficence.

دوئی بمذہب ِ عشاقِ معنوی کفر است

خدا یکے و پیمبر یکے و پیر یکے

Meaning: Duality is infidelity in the religion of true lovers. Allah is one, Prophet is one, and Murshid Kamil is also one. (Sirr-e-Dilbaran)

Fighting innerself to reach the level of Tawhid-e-Mutlab

To attain oneness at the level of spiritual guide, it is essential that seeker fights with inciting innerself (an-nafs/nafs) and Satan. They attack the seeker by creating doubts that his spiritual guide is not perfect. Or that he has adopted a deceptive path and his spiritual guide is misleading him. At times they try to keep him away from his spiritual guide by distracting his attention towards parents, wife or children and often keep him from Truth by indulging him in social and financial troubles.

In this situation it becomes obligatory on the true seeker to fight with the inciting innerself. The Holy Prophet has called this internal fight (jihad) a greater jihad. If seeker fights these doubts with full courage and strength and does not divert his attention from Murshid, neither let evil thoughts against Murshid come his way, then soon he finds success.

Satan’s efforts to distract the seeker

While facing doubts, seeker must invoke Ism-e-Allah Zaat excessively and seek help and refuge in Allah from these doubts by reciting sura Al-Nas. Then whether these doubts are from jinn Satan or human Satan. lt is said that human Satan is more dangerous than jinn Satan because human Satan distance the seeker from Allah by adopting demeanor of his dear relations. Sometimes he comes adopting the form of parents and tells him to leave this path and focus on work and family. Other times he appears as wife or children and try to divert his attention from Allah. He also comes in the form common people who try to ridicule the seeker with disrespectful conversation against perfect Fakirs. In this situation seeker should remain alert and recognize the attack of Satan hidden behind human. Otherwise he will never achieve his destination.

Whoever prevents from spiritual guide is deprived of righteousness

Sultan Bahoo says:

All the sacred Companions of the Prophet also had the spiritual guide, so who are others to forbid from a spiritual guide! It is evident that whoever stops from a spiritual guide is deprived of love and desire for closeness and gnosis of Allah. His inward is surely dead and his inciting innerself has prevented him from the gnosis of Allah and gaining presence in Mohammadan Assembly. The truth is that the series of getting spiritual persuasion and education after taking oath of allegiance on the hands of a perfect spiritual guide as well as the guidance and sainthood of Prophet Mohammad is still continued from the four spiritual leaders (Abu Bakr Siddiq, Umar ibn Khattab, Usman ibn Affan and Ali ibn Abi Talib) and fourteen spiritual orders and will never end till the Doomsday.

اگر گیتی سراسر باد گیرد

چراغِ مقبولاں ہرگز نمیرد

چراغی را کہ ایزد بر فروزد

ہر آنکس تف زند ریشش بسوزد

Meaning: If the whole world is blown away with wind, the lamp of favorites of Allah will not be extinguished. One who tries to blow out the lamp lit by Allah, burns his own beard.

One who prevents from the spiritual guide who is man of sharia, is deprived of righteousness. The spiritual guide shows the way of invocation of Allah and a person can never become a true Muslim without the invocation of Allah even if he spends his whole life in reciting the Holy Quran, reading its exegesis, offering prayer or gaining knowledge of Islamic jurisprudence. That is because the foundation of being a Muslim, from beginning till end, is the invocation of Allah. (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)

How to overcome Satanic deceptions?

If a seeker truly yearns to gain Allah’s gnosis, then despite all Satanic whispers he must strengthen his relationship with Murshid. And not become wary of him in any situation. Outwardly he must fulfil duties towards parents, children and work and never let go of the moral behavior. Avoid engaging in argument or dispute and never leave the path of Truth by taking in the words of others. He should silently remain attentive inwardly towards his spiritual guide and invocation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. And strongly reject satanic whispers occurring inwardly. He should try to strengthen the belief that he is true to his desire and only yeans to seek Allah. Therefore, Allah Himself is his Guide. How can He let him astray? Thus, Allah must have sent him to a perfect Murshid because He promises:

Those who strive hard (and struggle against inciting innerself vehemently) for Our cause, We certainly guide them to our ways. (Al-Ankabut 69)

When he will gain salvation from doubts with strength and absolute trust in Allah and through His favor, he will soon reach oneness at the level of spiritual guide. Then will begin his journey towards annihilation in spiritual guide.

Serving and obeying the spiritual guide is vital

To reach the level of Tawhid-e-Mutlab, it is also extremely important to serve and follow the spiritual guide. Allah says in the Holy Quran:

Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those (men of truth) who hold command amongst you. (Al-Nisa 59)

In this verse ‘who hold command amongst you’ refers to that perfect and accomplished spiritual guide who is stationed at the level of annihilation in Prophet Mohammad and have become immortal with Allah after annihilating in Him. He is the spiritual guide who follows the footsteps of Holy Prophet and is truly the representative of Allah and vicegerent of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).

Some people also assume that ‘men of command’ refers to worldly leaders. Even though we see that neither their actions nor commands are in alignment with the commands of Allah and His Prophet. One whose command is in contrary to the command of Allah can never be a man of command. Therefore, only a perfect and accomplished spiritual guide is truly a man command who has become immortal with Allah by annihilating in Him. And whose obedience even Allah commands.

Murshid is a spiritual father who gives life to soul

Sultan Bahoo writes:

  • It is said: The spiritual guide gives life to inward, soul and to sharia. And gives death to inciting innerself, lusts, appetites, covetousness, greed, and heresy.

As soon as the seeker thinks wrong about the spiritual guide, he turns reprobate, so he must repent from it instantly. (Nur-ul-Huda Kalan)

Those who consider physical body more important than soul, obedience of biological parents is more important to them. However, there are others who are aware that this physical body is mortal, and soul is the actual reality. It will face no death and eventually will gain reward or face punishment. For them it is more important to serve and obey their spiritual father i.e., spiritual guide than biological parents. Allah says in the Holy Quran:

یَوْمَ یَفِرُّ الْمَرْئُ مِنْ اَخْیْہِ۔ وَ اُمِّہٖ وَ اَبِیْہِ۔ وَ صَاحِبَتِہٖ وَ بَنِیْہِ۔ (سورہ عبس۔34-36)

Meaning: On that Day man will flee from his brother, And from his mother and father (too), And (even) from his wife and children. (Abasa 34-36)

This is because their love and obedience kept him from Allah’s love and obedience. While maintaining blood relations, he paid no heed to his spiritual relation. However, who did care and made an effort to uphold the spiritual relation, his soul will have no worry on the Final day. To obey and love Allah, it is essential to obey and love the spiritual guide. Because Allah has commanded his obedience alongside His own obedience and obedience of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).

Right of spiritual Guide is superior to all other rights

Sultan Bahoo says:

  • One should be aware that there are five rights upon the seeker of Allah: right of his parents, right of his teachers, right of his mentor, right of his spiritual guide and the right of his wife. Among these, the right of his spiritual guide is the supreme because the spiritual guide grants him the gnosis of Allah and focuses his attention upon the Truth. When attention of the seeker is focused upon the Truth, he becomes enlightened and effective scholar of every knowledge as well as ruler upon both the worlds. (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)

Serving Murshid is the first step towards Fana fi Shaikh

Sultan Bahoo says:

  • Serving the spiritual guide for a moment is better than the excessive worship of whole life. The being of seeker achieves prosperity through the servitude of Murshid. This prosperity is better than such eternal worship which is void of rebuking the inciting innerself. (Mehak-ul-Faqr Kalan)

He further says:

  • It is mandatory upon the seeker of Allah to never do any worldly or religious deed without the consent of his spiritual guide. He ought to entrust all his powers and authorities to his spiritual guide and become submissive completely. (Nur-ul-Huda Kalan)

When seeker turns towards his Murshid devotedly with zeal and passion, and focuses on serving and following him, then he gains oneness at the level of spiritual guide. After that, his journey towards fana fi Shaikh begins which has three levels:

  • Gaining contemplation of spiritual guide
  • Connection with the spiritual guide
  • Annihilation in the spiritual guide

Contemplation of Spiritual Guide

At the initial level of annihilation in spiritual guide, seeker beholds the sacred countenance of Divine form of perfect spiritual guide everywhere according to the verse:

فَاَیْنَمَا تُوَلُّوْا فَثَمَّ وَجْہُ اللّٰہِ . ( البقرہ۔115)

Meaning: So whichever direction you turn to, there is the presence of Allah (i.e. Divine Essence is radiantly manifested in all directions). (Al-Baqarah 115)

The seeker even observes countenance and existence of perfect spiritual guide manifested esoterically according to the verse:

وَفِیْ اَنْفُسِکُمْ

Meaning: Allah is within yourselves.

The seeker never loses the contemplation of spiritual guide even for a moment. He feels the celestial existence of his spiritual guide in the surroundings. This existence of spiritual guide not only keeps him from Satan every moment but also prevents him from all exoteric and esoteric sins through the feel of his presence.

Spiritual guide protects the seeker

Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani says:

  • A Mystic (al-Arif) ever remains conscious of the two eyes. (Al-Fath ar-Rabbani)

These two eyes are of perfect spiritual guide which are watching the seeker every moment and prevent him from committing sin through the feel of his presence. Because human by nature avoids committing sin if someone is watching him. The feel of Murshid’s presence esoterically and in the surroundings prohibits him from committing exoteric sins as well as from evil thoughts occurring inwardly. This is because the seeker gradually comes to have faith that Murshid is well aware of his thoughts and intentions. Hence this way the spiritual guide saves him from all intrinsic and extrinsic sins by making him recognize his presence and closeness.

Sultan Bahoo expresses about the initial level of fana fi Shaikh

  • You must know that at the initial level of annihilation in the spiritual guide, when the seeker contemplates the countenance of his spiritual guide, then, if the spiritual guide is perfect, he gives life to the inward of the seeker and death to inciting innerself. Hence seeker’s existence is purified of all evil attributes. If spiritual guide is imperfect, he gives death to seeker’s inward and life to his inciting innerself which arouses the desires of the carrion world in his existence. The seeker of carrion world is a dog. Thus, it is evident that the disciples of the perfect spiritual guide reach and experience the actual level of annihilation in the spiritual guide. Whomsoever the perfect spiritual guide blesses, elevates his rank equal to his own at once and that fortunate seeker is actually annihilated in the spiritual guide. (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)

Contemplation of spiritual guide purifies the inward

Sultan Bahoo further says:

  • If a seeker, who has reached the level of annihilation in the spiritual guide and has been blessed with the contemplation of the Divine form of spiritual guide, gets inclined towards sin then this form prevents him from sin with spiritual authority and dominates the sensual desires crushing them with power. When such a seeker sleeps, this Divine form becomes his companion by the grace of Allah and drowns him in the gnosis of ‘none but Allah’ and Tawhid (Oneness of Allah). When he enters the state of meditation, that beautiful Divine form holds his hand and takes him to Mohammadan Assembly in its company and lets him be ennobled with high Mystic ranks. This is the actual level of annihilation in the spiritual guide. Only those seekers with pure inward achieve it.

وَ السَّلٰمُ عَلٰی مَنِ اتَّبَعَ الْھُدٰی

Meaning: And peace will be upon him who follows the right guidance. (Taha 47) (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)

Sultan Bahoo expresses this state of contemplation of spiritual guide as:

کی ہویا جے بت اوڈھر ہویا، دل ہرگز دور نہ تھیوے ھُو

سَے کوہاں تے میرا مرشد وسدا، مینوں وِچ حضور دِسیوے ھُو

Explanation: So what if my spiritual guide is not physically in front of my eyes. He resides within my inward and I feel his presence all the time. (Abyat-e-Bahoo Kamil)

When a seeker progresses from initial level of fana fi Shaikh, the contemplation of spiritual guide dominates his existence. It is to the extent that seeker feels his presence in salat, bowing and prostration. In this situation some seekers become confounded and try to reject it considering it polytheism.

Letter of Mujaddid Alif Sani to his disciple

Mujaddid Alif Sani sheds light on this matter very beautifully:

A disciple of Mujaddid Alif Sani wrote him a letter that contemplation of spiritual guide had dominated him to the point of experiencing and feeling his presence as a prostrated one in salat.  If he assumed to negate it, even then in reality he was failing.

Mujaddid Alif Sani wrote him back:

O the portrayal of love! This wealth is a longing and desire of true seekers. Only one in millions may become fortunate to achieve it. A disciple experiencing such state is man of ability and in full accordance to his Murshid. It is likely to be attributed with all the attributes of spiritual guide through his sacred company.

There is no need to negate the contemplation of spiritual guide. Murshid is not to be prostrated, prostration is done in the direction of Murshid. Why don’t you negate mihrab and mosques (in the state of salat mosque, minaret, mihrab walls etc. are all facing the person, yet salat is not ruined).  Only fortunate ones achieve the blessing of such manifestation. This is so that they always make their spiritual guide a medium in all states (to reach Allah and gain His gnosis) and remain engrossed in him. This blessing is not for any unfortunate one who considers himself independent of such medium and turns away from his spiritual guide. (Letter no. 30, Vol. II, part one, p 101)

Contemplation of spiritual guide is more beneficial than invocation

Mujaddid Alif Sani said at another instant:

  • Contemplation of spiritual guide is more beneficial than the invocation of Allah. That is to say, in terms of beneficence, the company of spiritual guide benefits the seeker more than the invocation of Allah. (Letter no. 187, p 425)

Shamsud-Din Sialvi says:

  • The contemplation of spiritual guide grants salvation from dangers and deceptions of inciting innerself. This connection is a shield against sins. The seeker reaches his destination more rapidly through remembrance and contemplation of his spiritual guide.

Connection with the Spiritual Guide

After achieving the contemplation of spiritual guide, if seeker pays no heed to the doubts and remains steadfast and occupied in contemplation with ultimate love and passion, then soon his connection to his spiritual guide develops esoterically. That is, a chain of magical and extremely joyful inward conversation begins between the lover and the beloved, disciple and the Murshid. Here the soul of seeker begins its journey to perish in the soul of his spiritual guide. That is, the process of becoming one with spiritual guide esoterically begins. Light meets the light and spiritual and enlightened conversation begins without voices. Such a process is associated with waham (spiritual conversation). And the Holy Quran verifies the fact:

وَ مَا کَانَ لِبَشَرٍ أَنْ یُّکَلِّمَہُ اللّٰہُ اِلَّا وَحْیًا اَوْ مِنْ وَّرَایِٔ حِجَابٍ أَوْ یُرْسِلَ رَسُوْلًا فَیُوْحِیَ بِاِذْنِہٖ مَا یَشَآئُ ط اِنَّہٗ عَلِیٌّ حَکِیْمٌ  (الشوریٰ۔51)

Meaning: And every man does not have the faculty that Allah should speak to him (directly) except by revelation (He bestows upon some the holy status of Prophethood), or (should speak) from behind a veil (as He spoke to Moses on Mount Tur of Sinai) or by sending some angel as a messenger to reveal with His permission what Allah may will. Surely, He is most High, most Wise.

The revelation and revealing a message through an angel ended with the end of Prophethood of Holy Prophet (pbuh). However, conversing from behind the veil is still continued. Here veil means the veil of physical body which has concealed the soul. The conversation with spiritual guide, who is the manifestation of Divine Essence, is spiritual about which no other human is aware exoterically. The physical body serves as a veil to keep this spiritual conversation a secret. Hence is the meaning of ‘conversing from behind the veil’.

Beneficence upon seeker through spiritual conversation

Through the spiritual connection, seeker achieves the esoteric company of spiritual guide. Murshid grants him the knowledge of inspiration.  Knowledge, which is not mentioned in any book of sharia or jurisprudence. All levels of gnosis are travelled through the spiritual conversation. Because here the secret of Allah’s gnosis is revealed upon the true seeker about which neither an ordinary human nor an angel is aware. Seeker is also passed through spiritual trials. His love and sincerity are tested through esoteric actions and through questions and answers. The true training in the path of Faqr is done during this esoteric connection. At times, the blessings of love and gnosis of Allah are showered upon the seeker indefinitely which nurtures his soul. Other times theophanies of Divine majesty and wrath are descended through which his inciting innerself covers the final stages of annihilation.

The esoteric connection enlightens the soul of seeker

Sultan Bahoo says:

مرشد ہادی سبق پڑھایا، بن پڑھیوں پیا پڑھیوے ھُو

انگلیاں وچ کنّاں دے دتیاں، بن سُنیوں پیا سنیوے ھُو

نین نیناں ولوں تُرتُر تکدے، بن ڈِٹھیوں پیا دِسیوے ھُو

باھُوؒ ہر خانے وچ جانی وسدا، کَن سر اوہ رکھیوے ھُو

Explanation: The perfect spiritual guide teaches me such a lesson of Ism-e-Allah Zaat that my soul invokes it all the time. If I cover my ears, I can still hear my soul invoking the name of Allah. My condition is such that my eyes keep beholding beloved spiritual guide’s vision constantly. Even if I close my eyes, I can still see my beloved is manifesting through my entire existence. (Abyat-e-Bahoo Kamil)

Divine light of spiritual guide blesses the seeker with knowledge

About spiritual connection, Sultan Bahoo said:

  • By excessive contemplation of spiritual guide (gained from the contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat), a beautiful face of Divine light appears in the being of seeker from hidden. That beautiful face remains engrossed in the invocation of Allah reciting ‘there is none worthy of worship but Allah and Mohammad is Allah’s Messenger’ (لَآ اِلٰہَ اِلَّا اللّٰہُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَّسُوْلُ اللّٰہِ  ). Or it keeps reciting verses of the Holy Quran day and night and lets the seeker memorize them. At times, that face teaches the seeker knowledge of excellence which includes the knowledge of Quranic verses, Hadiths, exegesis of Quran, jurisprudence, obligatory and desirable prayers, Sunnas of the Holy Prophet, the desirable way of practicing them and the etiquettes of presence before Allah. Sometimes that face engrosses in the invocation of Allah and loudly invokes Allah’s name such that the seeker hears the voice of

سِرِّھُوْ، سِرِّ ھُوْ، ھُوَ الْحَقُّ،  لَیْسَ فِی الدَّارَیْنِ اِلَّا ھُوْ

Meaning: Secret of Hoo, secret of Hoo, Hoo is the Reality, nothing is present in the universe but Hoo.

Spiritual connection sanctifies the soul

Often that face immediately informs the seeker about the hidden facts of past, present and future. It also often remains engaged in offering prayers and in the servitude of Allah. That face makes the seeker follow the sharia and never lets him go against it. If seeker does anything against sharia by mistake or any word that is related to infidelity, misbelief or is heretical and sinful is uttered by him, then that Divine face immediately reproaches the seeker and asks him to check the innerself. It forbids the inciting innerself from all wrong deeds and commands it to recite

لَآ اِلٰہَ اِلَّا اللّٰہُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَّسُوْلُ اللّٰہِ

Meaning: There is no one to be worshipped except Allah and Mohammad is His Prophet.

It is a Hadith of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him):

مَنْ عَرَفَ نَفْسَہٗ فَقَدْ عَرَفَ رَبَّہٗ   مَنْ عَرَفَ نَفْسَہٗ بِالْفَنَآئِ فَقَدْ عَرَفَ رَبَّہٗ بِالْبَقَآئِ

Meaning: Whoever recognizes his innerself, recognizes his Lord. One who recognized his innerself by perishing it, thus, recognized his Lord by gaining immortality with Him.

Spiritual connection is the initial level of fana fi Shaikh

The innerself recognizes Allah only on approaching the level of annihilation in the spiritual guide. When that Divine face vanishes in the being of the seeker, his existence perfectly repents from sins. This face appears in the being of the seeker only after the innerself is sanctified with the contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Allah manifested Himself for the first time in the form of this Divine face in eternity when He addressed the souls:

اَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّکُمْ

Meaning: Am I not your Creator and Provident?

And the souls replied

قَالُوْا بَلٰی

Meaning: They said “Yes! You are.

This face reprimands the inciting innerself so that it leaves sins and waywardness and becomes righteous.

However, recognizing the innerself and acquiring trust upon the inspirations and inward messages conveyed esoterically by the perfect spiritual guide are just the initial levels. The seeker should not become proud on achieving this level as it does not grant the complete gnosis of Allah and Faqr. The way to Allah’s closeness and light of Divine presence which makes the seeker replete with Allah’s love and grants him eternal bliss by making him desirable in His court, is far away from it.

The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

اَوَّلَہٗ فَنَائٌ فِی الشَّیْخِ بَعْدَہٗ فَنَائٌ فِی اللّٰہِ

Meaning: First is the level of annihilation spiritual guide then comes annihilation in Allah. (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)

Following spiritual commands is necessary for spiritual elevation

Murshid perfects the seeker in the obedience of Allah during this spiritual connection. It is important to follow the commands given to the seeker esoterically even if they cause loss outwardly. A seeker who firmly believes that only Allah is present in his inward and following His commands is obligatory, then this spiritual connection becomes blessing and a source of spiritual elevation for him.

However, a seeker who indulges in following the innerself while ignoring the commands of Allah will face Divine wrath and entangle inwardly. Until the command of innerself conflicts with Allah’s command, his soul will remain anxious. The innerself will remain as a veil between him and Allah. This veil will make the soul restless. Therefore, to gain salvation from this veil, it is necessary to strengthen the spiritual connection with spiritual guide.

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