THE FIFTY STATIONS IN THE CHISHTIYYAH SOJOURN TO ALLAH TA’ALA – PART 2

THE THIRTEEN STAGES OF TASFIYAH AND TAKHLIYAH (CLEANSING AND REMOVING EVIL TRAITS)

  1. Hirs Alal Maal (Greed for Wealth)

• Reduce your expenditure.
• Do not worry and preoccupy yourself with the future.
• Think that a greedy person is perpetually in disgrace.

  1. Hirs alal Umr (Desire for Longer Life)

• Remove love of the world from the heart.

  1. Tama’ (Carnal Passion)

• Keep your carnal desires under check.
• Do not succumb to your inordinate desires. Desires should be under the reins of the Aqal (intelligence) and the Aql under the reins of the Shariat.

  1. Ghussah (Anger)

• Think that Allah Ta’ala has complete power over you. If He punishes you at once for each wrong, then what will your condition be?
• Think of your wrongs.
• Understand that nothing happens without the will of Allah Ta’ala.
• Study Hazrat Thanwi’s wa’z Al-Ghadhab(Anger)

  1. Darogh (Falsehood)

• Be attentive before speaking.
• Have courage when speaking.
• Make amends after speaking.
• Repent at any sinful talk.
• Think about the harms of false talk.

  1. Hasad (Jealousy)

• Praise the one you are jealous of.
• Treat whom you are jealous of with humility and respect.

  1. Bukhl (Miserliness)

• Remember death in abundance.
• Reflect on the Hadeeth: “A miser is far from people, far from Jannat, close to Jahannam.”

  1. Riyaa (Ostentation)

• Rid yourself of love for the world.
• Discharge non-congregational acts of Ibaadat in privacy.
• With excessive repetition turn Ibaadat into aadat (habit) and the aadat into Ikhlaas (sincerity).

  1. Ujub (Vainglory)

• Think of the favours of Allah Ta’ala.
• Reflect over the power of Allah Ta’ala. Whenever He wishes He can snatch the favour away.
• Think of the highest stage of perfection.
• Reflect over your external faults and shortcomings.
• Reflect over your internal faults and shortcomings.

  1. Takabbur (Haughtiness)

• Bring to mind and reflect over the highest stage of perfection.
• Approach others with humility and respect.
• Think and meditate over one’s origin (sand and sperm), current state of carrying najaasat (filth, i.e. waste matter in the stomach) and one’s ending (decomposing in the grave).
• Reflect over each ni’mat (bounty) of Allah Ta’ala. If it be snatched away, what would your condition be? For instance, had one become insane—Allah forbid—what would one’s condition be?

  1. Keenah (Malice)

• Forgive the one despised.
• Meet him with humbleness.

  1. Hubb-e-Jaah (Love for Fame)

• Think that neither are those people who praise me going to remain, nor am I.

  1. Hubb-e-Dunya (Love of the World)

• Excessive remembrance of death
• Abandon distant and remote plans and ideas.
• Stop thinking much about the future.