Hafiz Ibn al-Qayyim and Sufism – Part Two

Ibn al-Qayyim writes in Madarij al-Salikin (vol.2, p.464): Section — from among the stations of, “It is you who we worship and it is you from who we seek aid,” (4:1) there is the station of knowledge (‘ilm). If this station does not accompany the salik from the first step that he places in the path until the last, then his suluk will be on another path; the path of connecting to Allah (wusul) is cut off from him, the paths of guidance are blocked for him, and the doors of success are closed to him. This is the consensus of the ‘arif shaykhs. Only the robbers among them and Iblis’ delegates and aides forbid [from adhering and seeking] knowledge.The master of the Sufis (sayyid al-ta’ifah) and their shaykh Junayd ibn Muhammad (may Allah mercy him) said, “All of the paths are closed to the creation, save on he who follows in the steps of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace).” He also said, “He who does not safeguard the Qur’an and writes hadith shall not be followed in this matter because our knowledge is bound to the Book and the Sunnah.” He also said, “This way of ours is bound to the principles of the Book and the Sunnah.”Abu Hafs (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “He who does not weigh his actions and spiritual states (ahwal) at all times by the Book and the Sunnah, and does not consider with suspicion his thoughts, then he will not be counted in the register of men.”Abu Sulayman al-Darani (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “Sometimes a point among the many subtle points mentioned by the Community penetrate my heart for a number of days, but I only accept them in light of two just witnesses — the Book and the Sunnah.”

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