The Golden Chain

Proper Conduct

Khwaja Alauddin al-Attar (may God sanctify his innermost being), the eighteenth Shaykh in the Naqshbandi Golden Chain and at the same time, the ninth Khwaja of the ‘Khwajagan’ – the Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia, said the following about Proper Conduct:-

“You have to be at the level of the people around you and to hide your state from them, because the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “I have been ordered to speak with people according to what their hearts can contain.”

If you want the company of the Sufis, you must first learn how to behave in their presence or you are going to harm yourself, for their way is a very delicate way. It is said, “There is no place in Our Way for one who does not have good manners.”

If you think you are behaving well then you are wrong, because seeing your own behavior as good, is in itself, a form of pride.”