The Golden Chain

The Seeker . . .

Khwaja Muhammad Baba as-Samasi (may God sanctify his innermost being), the fifteenth Shaykh in the Naqshbandi Golden Chain and at the same time, the sixth Khwaja in the ‘Khwajagan’ – the Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia, said,

“The seeker must always stand on his keeping God’s Divine Orders. He must be continuously in the state of purity. He must first have a pure heart that never looks at anything but God (Almighty & Exalted is He). Then he must keep the inner self pure, which is never revealed to anyone, and which perceives true vision. The purity of the breast consists of hope and contentment with His Will. The purity of the spirit consists of modesty and reverence. The purity of the stomach depends on only eating permitted food, and abstinence. This is followed by the purity of the body, which is to leave desire. This is followed by the purity of the hands, which consists of piety and endeavour. Then comes purity from sins, which is regret and heartbreak for past wrongdoing. After this is purity of the tongue, which consists of ‘dhikr’ and asking forgiveness. Then he must purify himself from neglect and slackness, by developing fear of the Hereafter.”