Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth Vol 5 (al-Ghunya li Talibi) Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani translated from the arabic by Muhtar Holland
SUFFICIENT PROVISION FOR SEEKERS OF THE PATH OF TRUTH Vol 5
From the Book
A s for the spiritual search [irada], it entails the abandonment of the usual approach to life [“Gda], and its actualization [tahgiq] occurs through commitment of the heart to the quest for the Lord of Truth (Glory be to Him), and detachment from everything apart from Him.
When the servant [of the Lord] forsakes the usual approach to life, which is concerned with the luxuries [huziiz] of this world and the hereafter, only then does his commitment to the spiritual search [irdda] become absolute. The wish to seek [irdda] comes first and foremost.
Then it is followed by the intention [gasd], and then by the action [fil]. It is therefore the beginning of the path [tariq] for every spiritual traveler [salik], and the name of the first stage for every intentional seeker [qdsid].
Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) said to His Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace): And do not drive away wa Ia tatrudi ’Iladhina those who call upon their Lord yad ‘tina Rabba-hum