Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Ashamdulillahi Wasolatu Wasalaamu ‘ala Rasulillah…
Allah ta’ala said, “Moses said unto him, ‘shall I follow thee that thou might teach me the right guidance taught unto thee?” Qur’an 18:67
Know that in order to travel the path of religion and reach the realm of certainty, a perfect shaykh and guide, well-acquianted with the way and possesed of sainthood and spiritual efficacy (i.e. the ability to affect, unseen and unhindered, the inner state of the seeker/murid) is essential.
“My Saints are beneath My Domes, none know them but I”. Despite his perfection of rank as a prophet and of degree as a messenger and despite his being a possesor of firm resolve, Moses, upon whom be peace, had to serve the Prophet Shu’aib continously for ten years until he was fit to receive the honour of conversing with Allah.
Then after gaining the tablets with the commandments and the leadership of the Twelve Tribes of the Children of Israel, and receiving the entirety of the Taurat from the Divine Presence – after all this, in the school for the learning of innate knowledge, he had to request the alphabet of following from the teacher Khidr. – see verse 18:67. And then the teacher wrote the first inscription on his alphabet slate: “Thou will not be able to keep patience with me.” (18:68, 73, 76) For see in reality –
A banquet where two thousand souls are sacrificed is no place for a loud, empty drummer.
Seduced, deceived, and outwitted upon this path is he who imagines himself able to traverse the limitless desert and attain the Ka’ba of union with the strength of his mere human footstep without guide or escort.
“Obey those who ask no reward of you (for themselves), and who have themselves received Guidance.” – YaSiin:21
Indeed the true mursyid/guide to Allah desires no reward/benefit from his disciples, having mastered renunciation. His desire is to follow in the steps of the Messengers in calling people to Allah ta’ala. The Pole of Guidance Imam al-Haddad said, “…the shaykh should be someone who has recived the ‘Major Opening’ such that nothing of the disciple remains hidden from him. He is the healer who treats the ailments of the heart and therefore must be able to see clearly with the Eye of the Heart (basira) precisely what the disciple’s needs are at each stage of the journey and to intervene, even at a distance when necessary.”
“Say: this is my Way: I do invite unto Allah – upon the Eye of the Heart(‘ala baseera) – I and whoever follows me…” Yusuf : 108
Hence it is clear that the Shaykh must follow the Messenger both in his inward and outward states.
“…he whom Allah guides is rightly guided ; but he whom Allah leaves astray – for him will you find no protector to lead him to the Right Way (waliyya-murshidaa)” al-Kahfi : 17
to be continued insha-Allah…
1. Excerpt from ‘Mirsod al-‘Ibad min al-mabda’ ila al-ma’ad’ by Najm al-din Ar-Razi