Monday, December 07, 2009 By Maryam
( muraaqabah )
She is the source of all goodness, and the contemplation (mushaahada) is at its level: whoever keeps an extreme watchfulness will attain an extreme contemplation.
To the exoterics (ahl al-zaahir), watchfulness consists in the preservation of the external organs from distractions (hafawaat); to te esoterics (ahl al -baatin), it consists in not letting the heart to be taken by self-propagating thoughts (khawaatir), and by distractions (ghafalaat); to the deepest esoteric ones, watchfulness consists in keeping the deep inner being (sirr) from resting in everything but the divine Presence.
Translated from Glossaire du Soufisme, by Iban Agibah, edited by A. Saleh Hamdan.
glossary of sufism,