Know my child, may ALLAH (swt) lead you on the path of submission and realization. May He guide you, including us, on the path of success, and may He steer you on the path of his beloved. I beseech ALLAH (swt) to prolong your life in true servitude to Him, for the sole aim of worshipping Him, for His sublime countenance and His satisfaction, because He is the Magnificent.
I wish to shed the light of the torch of truth upon you, so that you may know that when you progress on the Sufi path, there are reliable supports all the way up to the Prophet Muhammad (May the prayers and the peace of ALLAH be upon him). First and foremost, you should know that we cannot travel this path - above all if we aspire to true realization - without beforehand steadfastly and entirely obeying and submitting to “the gateway”: a realized Sheikh (Muhaqiq), a spiritual guide (Murshid) who brings together the exoteric Law (Sharia) and the spiritual path (El Haqiqa), for the spiritual way is perilous and the slightest divergence from the indicated path leads to the utmost deviation from the intended aim.
Abu Al Hassan Al Sustari (may ALLAH be satisfied with him) expressed himself thus: “He (that is to say the aspirant) cannot dispense with confiding his case to someone who will ordain good, and forbid evil and who will watch over him, because the path is dangerous: few are the travelers and numerous are the hindrances. The traveler often thinks that he is in the middle of the roadway whereas he is already turning his back on his target. He would only need to stray one fingers’ distance away to deviate from the path and get lost.
In truth, the path is narrow for he who follows a soul permeated with bestial and immoral habits. The demon of this path is perfectly aware of its stations and steps.
The author of Awarif Sheikh ‘Omar Al Suhrawardi (may ALLAH be pleased with him) said “The overall objective is companionship (Suhba). If the aspirant has found the companionship of a Sheikh, it can be expected that he will achieve excellence.”
The following words of Abou Yazid (may ALLAH be pleased with him) are related: “For he who has no master, the master is Satan.”