About The Book
It teaches the novice how to transform the Inciting Soul, the lowest and most egotistic of the self’s manifestations, into the Reproachful Soul, which must then become Inspired, Serene, Contented, and Found Pleasing, until it attains the ultimate degree of sanctity and wholeness as the Perfect Soul.
To achieve this progressive purification of the self, special Sufi practices, litanies and attitudes of mind are recommended. Both practical and profound, this book offers a concise manual of Sufi teaching on the Way to spiritual liberation.
The Inciting Soul: The soul becomes impure due to its inclination to material nature, it finds rest in its appetites. Essentially it follows every whim and desire, and every power within the human being is at the disposal of its base desires. In other descriptions it is described as having no care for lawful or unlawful, its evilness doesn't cause him grief nor anxiety.
The Reproachful Soul: The soul at this stage is able to acknowledge truth as truth and falsehood as falsehood. It also recognizes its own blameworthy qualities. It still has traces of the Inciting Soul, and thus isn't always successful in avoiding its calling. It takes its soul to account and it upbraids it for not conforming to the dictates of divine law.
The Inspired Soul: The soul begins to enjoy worship, and its lower desires has weakened.
The Serene Soul: Some of the signs Shaykh Shabrawi states are that the wayfarer does not deviate at all from the legal injunctions, takes pleasure only in the behaviour patter of the Chosen One (Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) and finds serenity in only following his (peace be upon him) sayings.
The Contented Soul: Some of the attributes of the soul Shaykh Shabrawi states are that it is detached from everything other than God, the Exalted, sincerity, scrupulousness, and a contended acceptance of everything that occurs in the universe, without so much as a quiver of the heart.
The Soul Found Pleasing: This soul is called found pleasing because, God, the exalted is pleased with it. This brings the perfection of Ihsan as described in the famous Hadith of Jibril.
The Perfect Soul: The one at this station is constantly worshipping, either with his whole body, or with his tongue or with his heart. He asks for forgiveness abundantly and is intensely humble.
This is a short work and is useful to read by the wayfarer to Allah.
About The Author
Shaykh Abd al-Khaliq al-Shabrawi was born in 1887 and passed away in 1947.
He was a professor at Al-Azhar University in Cairo and a spiritual master from the Khalwati Tariqah.
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