The Red Sulphur – cont’d 3

A’uzubillahi minashaitonir Rojeem, Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem, Allahuma Solli wa Salleem ‘ala Sayidina Muhammmadin wa aalihi wa sohbihi…

Imam al-Aydarus said, “(The Shaykh/Guide is) The Arriver, the beloved who was given to reach his Lord and the signs/mark of his being a beloved to Allah ta’ala being manifested on him”. And from the signs of someone being a beloved to Allah is the person in fact reminds others of Allah (just by the sight of the person one remembers Allah). You do not sit in his company save that you find the light of nearness to Allah or the increase in faith descend into your heart and from the signs of Allah’s love is the love of the hearts of the believers for this person and there is acceptance for him among the sincere, true ones among the elect and the generality of believers.

A person whose ego incites him/her to insult this person or to harbour enmity to this person will instead feel deep in his/her heart a sense of deservingness of the (noble) status/station of this person.

He said, “(The Shaykh is) Reaching-Reached.” Allah’s kindness (lutf) and subtle meanings (Divine secrets) keep on coming to this person. With regard to the necessity of this person possessing knowledge of the Sacred Law or Shari’a, Imam al-Aydarus said, “He has knowledge both through transmission as well as intellect” (from Divine Presence i.e. ladunni) As for someone making a presumptious claim of having stations and states and being a guide by manifesting some miracles or unusual phenomenon or speaking about some of these meanings when the person is actually without them, these are just false claims.

“(The Shaykh is a) Knower of Allah and himself.” In accordance to a person’s knowledge of Allah, they will know the realities of souls. “Do not be like those who forgot Allah and Allah made them forget themselves” -Al Hashr According to the guide’s knowledge of the souls and the subtleties thereof and luminous qualities therein he will be able to remedy them.

The Imam indicated the station of Baqa’ by saying, “…one who is present and absent in both secluded and public places/times with his heart in the realms of seen and unsees. Meaning that the outward doesn not veil him from the inward and vice versa.

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