In his Mektûbat (Letters). Imam-i Rabbani (May God be pleased with him) the hero and a sun of the Naqshbandi Order said: “I prefer the unfolding of a single matter of the truths of belief to thousands of illuminations ecstasies and instances of wonder-working.”
He also said: “The final point of all the Sufi ways is the clarification and unfolding of the truths of belief.”
He also said: “Sainthood is of three sorts: one is the ‘lesser sainthood.’ which is the well-known sainthood. The others are the ‘middle sainthood’ and the ‘greater sainthood.’ ‘Greater sainthood’ is to open up by way of the legacy of prophethood a direct way to reality without entering the intermediate realm of Sufism.”
He said also: “The spiritual journeying on the Naqshi way is with two wings.” That is. “Through having firm belief in the truths of faith and carrying out the religious obligations. If there is defect in these two wings the way cannot be traversed.” In which case the Naqshi way has three veils:
The First and most important is direct service to the truths of belief; Imam-i Rabbani travelled this way in his later years.
The Second is service to the religious obligations and Glorious Sunna under the veil of the Sufi way.
The Third is to work to eliminate the sicknesses of the heart by way of Sufism and to journey with the feet of the heart. Of these the first is the equivalent of obligatory the second close to obligatory and the third. Sunna.
Since the reality of the matter is thus my conjecture is that if persons like Shaykh Abd a1-Qadir Gilani (May God be pleased with him) and Shah Naqshband (May God be pleased with him) and Imam-i Rabbani (May God be pleased with him) were alive at the present time they would expend all their efforts in strengthening the truths of belief and tenets of Islam. For they are the means to eternal happiness. If there is deficiency in them it results in eternal misery. A person without belief may not enter Paradise but those who have gone to Paradise without Sufism are truly numerous. Man cannot live without bread but he can live without fruit. Sufism is the fruit the truths of Islam basic sustenance. In former times through spiritual journeying from forty days to as much as forty years a person might rise to some of the truths of belief. But now if through Almighty God's mercy there is a way to rise to the those truths in forty minutes it surely is not sensible to remain indifferent to it.
Thus those who have studied carefully the thirty-three Words state that they have opened up just such a Qur’anic way. Since this is a fact. I am of the opinion that the Words written about the mysteries of the Qur’an are a most appropriate medicine and salve for the wounds of this time and a most beneficial light for the totality of Islam which has been subject in the assaults of darkness and a most right guide for those wandering bewildered in the valleys of misguidance.
You know that if misguidance arises from ignorance it is easy to dispel. But if it proceeds from science and learning it is difficult to eliminate. In former times the latter was one in a thousand and of these only one in a thousand could come to the way through guidance. For such people fancy themselves. And they do not know but they suppose that they do know. I think that Almighty God has bestowed the Words at this time which arc flashes of the Qur'an's miraculousness as an antidote to this atheistic misguidance.
The Enduring One. He is the Enduring One!