After evoking the Name of ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) and the prayer and the peace upon the Messenger of ALLAH,
I exhort and advise you to fear ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted), both in secret and in public, to purify your heart from any opposition to His Order, to rely on ALLAH with your heart, to accept His decisions in all circumstances, to bear the hardships of the paths that He decrees in all situations, and, for this, depend on abundant evocations, with the Presence of the Heart as much as possible, this will help you to follow my advice.
Know that the greatest evocation of ALLAH, for the benefit that it brings, the most efficient and advantageous, is the prayer upon the Messenger of ALLAH (peace and blessings be upon him) with the presence of the heart. This prayer takes care of all requests, both in this world and the next, to repel and attract in all matters. He who recites it profusely will become one of the greatest and sincere friends of ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted).
The second thing that I exhort you to do is to renounce using money that is declared illegal by the Law, for food, clothing and lodging, because that which is lawful is the pole around which all the stars of adoration orbit. He who turns away from that which is lawful will also have turned away from all the benefit related to adoration. Beware of saying: “But where is it to be found?” Certainly, it does exist abundantly in every land and in every age, but you will only find it having sought to perfectly fulfil the commandments of ALLAH, both interiorly and exteriorly; and considering the requirements of the moment, if we cannot find what is undoubtedly lawful, then a scrupulous knowledge of jurisprudence is required in this domain as well as a wide knowledge of the prescriptions of the Law. He who conforms to this, will have no difficulty finding that which is lawful.
After that, it is essential to bind your heart to ALLAH, to choose Him as refuge, to return to Him and to leave aside all other but Him, both in general and specifically. This is the beginning and the end in all situations.
For the servant, the aim is to bring the heart back to ALLAH in all situations and in all aspects. If he is unable to do this, then after each prayer, he should perform the following evocation from three to seven times, making it move in his heart, except in the obligatory prayers imposing it on his nafs, and this will certainly lead to an outcome.
The invocation is as follows: “O ALLAH! It is on You that I rely, You are my refuge, and with You is my retreat. My faith and my trust are in You, and it is on Your Strength and Power on which I rely. I accept all vicissitudes of Your decrees. I recognize the perfect implication of Your Sustenance in all things and the impossibility that anything, however insignificant or important, could be outside of the scope of Your Knowledge or of Your Domination, until the last moment of my life.”
If he persists in this recitation and notices each time that his nafs is not in conformity with this invocation, then he should remember the meaning of this invocation. In this way, it would be easier for him to orientate his heart towards ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) and abandoned all other but Him.
This is the great doorway to knowledge known by those who have tasted a part of the knowledge of man (that is to say the Knowers), and who are not unaware of its value. Do not neglect this and do not forget to purify yourself as much as possible. Indeed life is short, the journey is long, obstacles are insurmountable, the burden is heavy and accounts with ALLAH are rigorous, but accomplishments of the commandments are that which enable you to escape from all these situations.
The holy Sheikh, a first rank elite, the knower of ALLAH, Sidi Muhammad Sammak said: “If a person gives himself to ALLAH with his heart, ALLAH, in return, will give HimSelf with His Mercy and orientate people’s face towards Him. As for he who turns away from ALLAH, ALLAH, in return, will turn away from him completely. However, If a person gives himself to ALLAH occasionally, ALLAH will grant him His Mercy at some point. ”
Thus, what is required from ALLAH, is to distance yourself from all other but Him. However, if you are tested by the fact of dealing with people and having to frequent them, then frequent them but act towards them for ALLAH, because, certainly, ALLAH (The Glorified, The Exalted) loves benevolence towards his creatures.
And the thing to which He incites most is to pray upon the Messenger of ALLAH (peace and blessings be upon him) with presence of heart, because this is the supreme treasure and the most excellent provision.” Thus he concludes.
Extract translated from Djawahirul Ma’ani