The Sufi Science of Self-Realization: A Guide to the Seventeen Ruinous Traits, the Ten Steps to Discipleship, and the Six Realities of the Heart

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This 10-step program describes the science of eliminating the 17 ruinous characteristics of the tyrannical ego—as set forth by Sufi master Abu 'l-Hasan al-Kharqani—in order to achieve purification of the soul and unveils the six powers that lie dormant within every human heart. The path from submersion in the negative traits to the unveiling of these six powers is known as the Migration to Perfected Knowledge on the way to complete realization. In America, where false Sufi masters are increasingly prevalent, it ...

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This 10-step program describes the science of eliminating the 17 ruinous characteristics of the tyrannical ego—as set forth by Sufi master Abu 'l-Hasan al-Kharqani—in order to achieve purification of the soul and unveils the six powers that lie dormant within every human heart. The path from submersion in the negative traits to the unveiling of these six powers is known as the Migration to Perfected Knowledge on the way to complete realization. In America, where false Sufi masters are increasingly prevalent, it is important that the writings and practices of authentic Shaykhs—with lineages going back to the Prophet Muhammed—are available for both the seeker as well as the professor.

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Table of Contents

Publisher's Notes VIII

About the Author XI

Preface: On the Sufi Science of Self-Realization 13

Foreword: Stepping Forth on the Path to the Divine Presence 18

The City of Knowledge 18

The Light of Creation 21

Saints in Hiding 26

Balancing the Self 35

The House of Illness 36

Dieting for the Soul 38

Breaking the Ego's Pride 40

Introduction 43

The Journey to Discipleship 43

Three Levels of Following 46

The Seventeen Ruinous Traits (al-Akhlaqu 'dh-Dhamimah) 53

Three Tree of Bad Manners 54

1 Anger (al-Gbadab) 58

A Visit to the Sultan of the Saints 59

2 Love of This World (Hubbu 'd-Dunya) 66

The Loyalty of Dogs 67

3 Malice (al-Hiqd) 69

Moses' Response 72

4 Jealousy (al-Hasad) 75

Exorcism 78

5 Vanity (al-Ujb) 82

Jihad of the Inner Self 83

6 Stinginess (al-Bukhl) 85

Generosity of Muslims 87

7 Avarice (al-Tama') 90

8 Cowardice (al-Jubn) 93

9 Indolence (al-Batalah) 98

The Primordial Pledge of Employment 99

10 Arrogance (al-Kibr) 101

The Ocean of Hunger 104

11 Ostentation (al-Riya') 106

The Cleansing of Death 108

12 Attachment (al-Hirs) 110

The Two Meanings of Attachment 111

13 Superiority (al-'Azhamab) 112

14 Heedlessness and Laziness (al-Ghabawah wa 'l-Kasalah) 118

15 Anxiety (al-Hamm) 120

Working without worry 121

16 Depression (al-Gbamm) 123

17 The Eight Hundred Forbidden Acts (al-Manhiyat) 124

The Ten Steps to Discipleship (Al-Khutuwatu 'L-'Ashar) 127

Migrating and Meditating (al-Hijrab wa H-Muraqabab) 128

About the Qiblab 134

Following True Leaders 136

The Focus of the Heart 142

1 Standing Up for Truth (al-Istiqamah) 145

Vigilance 146

Self-Awareness (al-Yaqazah) 147

2 Repentingthrough the Prophet (at-Tawbab) 149

3 Auditing (al-Muhasabab) 152

4 Turning Humbly to Your Lord in Surrender (al-Inabah) l59

Eleven Defects that Must Be Eliminated 161

1 Arrogance (al-Kibr) 161

2 Envy (al-Hasad) 162

3 Greed (at-Tama') 162

4 Anger (al-Gbadab) 162

5 Rancor (al-Ghtll) 162

6 Love of Fame and Praise (Talabu'l-'Uhav) 163

7 Ostentation (ar-Riya') 164

8 Stinginess (al-Bukhl) 164

9 Praising the Rich (Madbu 'l-Aghniya') 164

10 Despising the Poor (Ihtiqaru 'l-Fuqara') 165

11 Cheating (al-Ghush) 165

The Turning Point: The Eight Stages of Truth 165

1 Faith in Tmth(al-Imaftu bi 'l-Haqq) 166

2 True Decision(Qararu 'l-Haqq) 166

3 The Word of Truth (Kalamu 'l-Haqq) 167

4 True Behavior (Suluku 'l-Haqq) 168

5 True Action (Amalu 'l-Haqq) 169

6 The Struggle of Truth (Juhdu 'l-Haqq) 169

7 The Meditation of Truth (Ta'amulu 'l-Haqq) 169

8 True Concentration (Tarkizu 'l-Haqq) 170

5 Contemplating Deeply (at-Taffakur) 172

6 Remembering Your Subconscious (at-Tadhakkur) 175

7 Holding Fast (al-'Itisam) 177

The Presence of Saints 178

8 Running to God (al-Firaru il-Allah) 181

9 Training (at-Tamrinu wa 't-Tadbir) 187

10 Listening (al-Istima') 192

The Six Powers of the Heart(al-Haqa'iq al-Qalbiyyah as-Sitt) 195

The Opening of the Heart 196

Decoding the Realities 202

1 The Reality of Attraction (Haqiqatu 'l-Jadhbah) 206

2 The Reality of Downpouring (Haqiqatu 'l-Fayd) 210

3 The Reality of Focusing (Haqiqatu 't-Tawajjuh) 212

4 The Reality of Intercession (Haqiqatu 't-Tawassul) 216

5 The Reality of Scrolling (Haqiqatu 't-Tayy) 220

Scrolling the Dimensions of Space 220

Scrolling in the Dimension of Time 233

6 The Reality of Guidance (Haqiqatu 'l-Irshad) 236

Endnotes 238

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