Marifetullah means being aware of Allah (swt). I stated before that the science of Marifetullah has 3 complementary methods as “mind”, “transfer” and “heart”. The “mind” method is applied by the person himself, “transfer” method is by scholars of Islam and “heart” method is by Tasawwuf Scientist. A person begins to know Allah (swt) only after acquiring the knowledge of the three methods. He has a true “Marifetullah”, a perfect “belief” and a real “maturity”.
The last phase of this process is Tasawwuf education. This is a heart education under the observation of a Murshid-I Kamil (Perfect Guide). The student bay’ahs the Murshid-I Kamil on behalf of Rasulullah (s.a.w). In fact, the bay’ah (the oath of allegiance) is to Allah (Swt).
It is ordered in the verse from the Qur’an that:
“Verily those who plight their fealty to thee plight their fealty in truth to Allah; the Hand of Allah is over their hands.” (Fath, 10)
# Tasawwuf is experiencing Islam with its visible and invisible aspects
Tasawwuf is a science of state. The principal of Tasawwuf is living in accordance with the Islamic rules by heart and behavior with its visible and invisible aspects as Ahmed Yasawi, Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi and Mahmut Hudai hazrats lived with takwa and sincerity, but without formalism… Just as in the era of Rasulullah (s.a.w)…
The words, which people repeat in order to get closer to Allah, are called “wird”. “Dhikr” is remembering Allah (swt) by any means.
Tasawwuf institutions, which have helped many people to become mature by reaching true belief up to now, also practice regular daily wird and dhikr programs besides conversations, self-denial and struggle methods to strengthen the love of Allah (swt) in the hearts.
# Daily Wird and Dhikr
Before beginning the daily wird, 3 times Ikhlas and 1 time Fatiha surah are recited for the souls of Rasulullah (s.a.w) and his companions and Silsile-I Aliyye who were the teachers of the spiritual education organizations that date back to times of Rasulullah (s.a.w). The next step is dhikr.
One must be ritually clean to perform daily wird and dhikr. It is begun with Basmala-I Sharif (Bismillahirrahmanirrahim). After giving glory to Allah (swt) and salawat for Rasulullah, tawba and istigfar is made by repenting for the sins and reciting Astagfirullah. And then Kalima-I Tawhid (Lailahe illallah) and the beautiful names of Allah are recited in a certain number.
I witnessed that the regular daily wird and dhikr programs enabled positive effects for many people. These activities make people close to Allah (swt) continuously. A person must avoid harams (the things which are prohibited in Islam), perform his prays regularly and do everything for the sake of Allah (swt) in order to get the advantages of such a daily wird and dhikr program.
# One must keep away from bad people and publishing
One must also be away from the people with world addiction whose hearts are full of darkness.
Don’t forget that there is a path between hearts.
Being together with people whose hearts are full of darkness increase the addiction to world, darken the heart, and sharpen the tendency to unlawful actions. A person then spends the most valuable times of his life with invaluable actions without being aware of Allah (swt).
Try to be together with good people all the time. The good person is the one who reminds us Allah (swt) and the Sirat-I mustaqim (the straight path). We must pray Allah for being together with people who are better than we are. If we are always with good people, we will realize that a love for Allah, His Prophets, good people, all believers, and good habits grows in our heart that advances our heart unconsciously.
The good and bad publishing is just like friends.
Good friends cause benefits whereas bad friends cause harm.
When we are with good people, we learn something from them because of their good behaviors even there is no communication.
Therefore, Rasulullah (s.a.w) ordered:
“A man is upon the religion of his friend, so let one of you look at whom he befriends.” [Tirmidhi]
“Having a conversation with a good person atones the sins of many conversations with bad people.” [Deylemi]
# Marifetullah is spiritual knowledge.
We must refrain from the actions Allah forbids like committing adultery, objecting to parents, perjuring, lending and borrowing money with interest, drinking alcohol, gambling, accepting bribe, arrogance, gossip, and meanness. On the other hand, we must obey His rules as praying, fasting, eating and drinking lawful things, being patient, swear to give up just after committing a sin. If we perform the dhikr and wird programs, the desires of our nafs and all the bad feelings as love for real world, arrogance, vindictiveness, envy, covetousness and calumniation disappear in accordance with our sincerity.
“Muhabbetullah” begins filling our hearts instead of them. Thus our hearts begin knowing Allah (swt) and “marifetullah” begins to appear in our hearts. Marifetullah is a spiritual knowledge. It is the knowledge by instinct like a baby knows his mother who is always with him without any conscious knowledge based on any scientific data about his mother.
# The heart’s reaching confidence
After this stage, the heart is opened to meaning world. The person begins understanding some realities through his heart, which he hadn’t realized before. Meaning blindness disappears. The person begins realizing and understanding some realities clearer, which he knew by heart before but evaluated them with doubt and hesitation. Thus the doubts in his belief disappear. A relief, satisfaction, and reliance in Allah, which are impossible to define with words, occur in his heart.
The human at this point, now, is a person that he has passed through the education of Allah (swt) and ascended to the fifth dimension. He is aware of the spiritual realities. And he is a “mature” human, now. He has the signs of all the positive characteristics of a mature person. I gave more detailed information on the subject in my next article.
Be entrusted to Allah.