One of the loveliest things about being home is being reacquainted with my notebooks. As I open books randomly and find gems, will post here.
Greatest pitfall in religious life is complacency. Thinking one is special because a seeker. And if find a teacher and are guided to a few elementary practices, often become stuffed with complacency and rely on practices learnt, and never take another step, and become blocked. Side effect of religious path are pitfalls. Everything that represents progression from dark wavering state to Adamic state, every step along the path is difficult. In Islam, we don’t talk of spiritual experiences. We are warid, something that comes to us. (like rain). Can’t make rain fall, but can try to be in places where likely to be rain.
~Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad, 17 Rajab/July 20th 2008, Class in Madinah.