Imami Rabbaani; who is one of the great Islamic Scholars, says: “Islam, consists of three components; Ilim, amal and Ikhlas. The true meaning of Islam only exists, when these three are present”, and continued; “Tarikah and Hakikah; for those who are of the Tasawwuf, are only the completion of Ikhlas; the third component of Islam”(1) and he describes the best way to live Tasawwuf is to live Islam in the best way possible. It is for this reason that Tasawwuf is the effort made in coming closer to Allah(s.w.t), by knowing the good and bad of our Nafs, then purifying ourselves from the bad, and decorating with the good.

Nafs and Shaytaan, are our spiritual enemies who have been created by Allah(s.w.t) to put mankind to trial. The worst of the two is Nafsi Ammaarah. The most efficient power in overcoming this enemy is our ibaadahs that we commit to with Ikhlas, in which tasawwuf is the only route to achieving its true meaning to it.

For this reason, when Allah(s.w.t), in the Holy Qur’an, says “My servants!”, it is meant that we be together with those who carry Ikhlas with their worldly and spiritual deeds. In another Ayah, Allah (s.w.t) says; “Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him]. And enter among My [righteous] servants”(2)

In another ayah, Allah (S.w.t) says; “O you who have believed, fear Allah and be with those who are true”(3). Rasulullah (s.a.w) describes Awliyas as “My Successors”, whom to their hearts which our love will guide us to link with Rasulullah(s.a.w) and with cause, to link with Allah(s.w.t). The Fayz we receive from this connection enlightens our hearts, like the light that comes to our homes from the electricity substations. Hence this helps us perform our ibaadahs with the light of this ikhlaas, and results in esteemed good deeds. Surely, this is only possible with the wish, the recognition and permission of Allah (s.w.t). Just as Allah(s.w.t) says in the ayah that I have read at the beginning; “O you who have believed, fear Allah and seek the means [of nearness] to Him and strive in His cause that you may succeed.” (4)

We must all take meanings from this article and apply what we have learned. We must look for ways to tame our Nafs, and make every effort to not become it’s prey. Living wih Nafs and protecting our religious and spiritual blessings has never been easy. Awliyaas describe this difficulty by making the following dua; “May Allahu Ta’ala keep us as servants, serving in the path of Allah, with Imaan, in Hidaayah, in Fayz and Noor; right until AND including our last breath.” Maintaining a blessing is harder than obtaining it and success is dependent firstly on obeying Allahu Ta’ala and Rasulullah (s.a.w), then having a warm heart towards those that Allahu Ta’ala and Rasulullah (s.a.w) would like. Then showing this by being true and carrying Ikhlaas with our actions.

How fortunate it is for those who are able to enlighten their worlds with Noori ilaahi and Fayzi ilaahi!