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Advice by Shaykh Ahmad Zarruq
Meditation For The Way Of The Truth
For Shaykh Ahmad Zarruq meditation is of the conscious part of the soul which is prepared to go through the Way of the Truth. When a man investigates himself and discovers his vices and tries to get rid of them, he must not neglect meditation lest he lose his contact with existing objects and become like an animal deprived of the delight of thinking and discovering what is behind the appearances of Existence. 177
A deeper look inside ourselves and at phenomenal existence will make clear our entire dependance upon God, not only in existence but also in the continuation of this existence. God created us and He preserves our existence, and it is up to His absolute will to do whatever He wishes for us and all creation. 150
Organise your time, in a matter appropriate to the times specific needs using gentleness and toleration and be very wary of either harshness or laxity. This is so because too much laxity concerning permissible matters pulls the heart backwards in its journey; until even a man of resolve ends up like a foolish boy.
Tasawwuf And Fiqh
For Imam A. Zarruq there is no tasawwuf without fiqh; because there is no other way to understand the commandments of Allah that concern the exterior except by fiqh. And fiqh is nothing without tasawwuf; because deeds have no meaning unless accompanied by sincerity (sidq) and dedication (tawajjuh).
Neither of them is of any use without true belief, neither of them [fiqh/tasawwuf] is valid unless true belief is present in the first place. (From the 4th Principle of his Qawa’id al-Tasawwuf).
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