The first step in Suluk

Hadhrat Mohammad Maseehullah Khan (Allah have mercy on him), while defining the first step on the spiritual path, stated:

“Consider yourself to be the most inferior, so much so, that if you observe with your own eyes another indulging in the worst of vices then too you shall not despise him/her, nor shall you consider yourself nobler than him/her. On the contrary one should fear and bear in mind that it is very possible that the perpetrator of the vice may resort to sincere tawbah (repentance) and become a person of high piety while the one who had despised the sinner become ensnared (Allah forbid !) in the meshes of the nafs (self) and Shaytan and be diverted from Ibadat (worship) and obedience. One has no certainty regarding one’s end. One, therefore, has no basis for regarding another with contempt.”

We were told this by our Shaykh and guide, Mufti Muhammad Nurul Amin (Allah protect him). It is the first lesson we learn when taking the path of Tasawwuf otherwise the path to purification remains closed.

Similarly, Shaykh Moinuddin Al Chishti stated:

“For a follower of the path of Truth, it is worse than sin to disdain or look down upon anyone.”

All of this alludes to the fact that the true seeker is one who possesses the attributes of humility (tawadu’) and humbleness. For one who does not will look upon others as if they are inferior. Such an attitude gives rise to pride and arrogance and was it not the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) who stated that:

‏لا يدخل الجنة من كان في قلبه مثقال ذرة من ‏ ‏كبر

“He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride shall not enter Paradise”

as narrated in the Sahih of Imam Bukhari (Kitab Al Iman, Bab Tahrim Al Kibr) from Ibn Mas’ud.

Shaykh Munawwar ‘Atiq provided an extremely beneficial answer on “Pride and Arrogance: What’s allowed and what’s not”.

May Allah give us the Tawfiq to worship him sincerely… Peace and Blessings on the Prophet and His family and his Companions.




Filed under Hadith, Tasawwuf

4 responses to “The first step in Suluk

  1. Jazak Allah khayran for that beautiful piece of irshaad.

  2. Assalaamu `alaykum

    I hope you are well by the grace of Allahu Taala and are connecting your heart with Allahu Taala . Allahu Taala has kept our success , peace , tranquility and victory only in His obedience . Today majority of peoples are in difficulty and have no tranquility and peace because they are far from Allahu Taala . Peoples who are most in peace are those who obey Allah most .

    If we look at the world today, the tribulations, the trials, and every war that we have, we will see that every bit of human suffering is rooted in human hearts. The reason people are aggressive against other people is due to diseases of the heart: covetousness, the desire to conquer, the desire to exploit other people, and the desire to steal their natural resources are all from diseases of the heart. A sound heart cannot commit such acts. Every murderer, every rapist, every idolater, every fowl person, every person showing an act of cruelty has a diseased heart because these actions emanate from diseased hearts. If the hearts were sound, none of these actions would be a reality. Therefore, if we wish to change our world, we cannot go about it by attempting to rectify the outward; rather, we change the world by rectifying the inward because it is the inward that precedes the outward.
    Allah subhana wa ta’ala has created man, and in this man He has placed the nafs. From time to time the nafs of person leads him to commit sins. Every time a person commits a sin he should seek Allah’s forgiveness and should not get upset or disillusioned with himself and say “I don’t think I can fight my desires, so I shall not even bother.” This is what Shaytan likes to hear and it is thoughts like this that eventually take .
    On the other hand when a person turns sincerely to Allah in repentance, regretting his actions, Allah subhana wa ta’ala forgives all of his sins. It is for this reason that a person should continue to do as many good deeds as he possibly can.

    There is no peace in disobedience to Allah . We may collect all the wealth of the world but we will not find peace in that.Look the people of the world (those who make effort only for wealth and position ) . They have unlimited wealth,the best education possible and all door to pleasure wide open. Inspite of that they need tranquilisers and sleeping pills to find some rest . They lack peace of heart . They cannot sleep because peace cannot be found in sin and disobedience . Peace lies only in the obedience of Allah and His messenger (s) .Allah give peace only to those who love Him , whose heart remember Him.Although they live a life of worry ,their hearts are at peace . They may face poverty and want but their hearts are content and comfortable . If we wish to have comfort in this world then we will have to give up disobedience and sin .
    Look at the ‘Ni’mats (bounties) which Allah Ta’ala has bestowed upon us. There can be no price tag attached to any one of them. Our speech, sight, hearing, intelligence, etc. are invaluable gifts. Develop the love of Allah Ta’ala by pondering over these gifts bestowed upon us, without our deserving them and increase the Love of Allah Ta’ala until in everything the Qudrat of Allah is seen.

    To get Deen and love to obey Allah and His Rasul (s) , we must have conviction for Allah in our heart .For this we must spent sometime everyday . Think about the greatness of Allah and talk about Allah ,That He can do Everything.Our life and death,our effort ,our study , our sustenance ,all things depend on Allah only. Everyday spent sometimes in the Zikr of Allah and don`t miss any salat.And also spent sometime to make du`a to Allah , ask Him all your needs , depends only on Him. Nobody can do any benefit or any harm without His permission
    Most of the love and friendship expressed these days is nothing but politics and diplomacy, cheat, deceit and hypocrisy. Befriend a person for the Pleasure of Allah and for the sake of Deen. This friendship, which is not for material benefit, will not only last until Death, but will even continue into Jannat (Paradise).

    I`m Ihsan Buxsoo , 41 yrs old ,live in Mauritius , fully religious , love Allahu Taala , love to obey Him and depend only on Him . I like simplicity , humility ,sincerity , good manners and love to put the Sunnah of Rasulullah (s)in my life . I hate arrogance , anger , fame , search for position , jelousy , T.V , music and film etc….

    I hope you will reply me and hope to receive some good advices from you Inshaa Allah .

    Ihsan Buxsoo
    Port Louis



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    Assalaamu `Alaykum


  3. Salamu ‘Alaykum


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