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Those whose passions are still strong ought not to be allowed to participate since it is a mere gratification of desires for them. Those who are ignorant of spiritual and theological knowledge ought to be forbidden because they may gain false and heretical understandings of the spiritual matters revealed during samAW. Moreover, anyone whose heart is preoccupied by worldly concerns or who listens solely for pleasure ought to be prevented from participating. The third rule is a short list of etiquette for listeners.

Some of the material in the RisAla is also 35 SAMFW IN EARLY SUFI LITERATURE derived from the LumaW, though Qushayrc’s discussions are not as detailed or extensive as those found in Sarraj’s work. The book begins with a short introductory section on the principles of unitary experience (tawSCd ), a fundamental doctrine of Sufism. This is followed by a substantial section devoted to technical terms, explaining Sufi concepts and vocabulary. The main section of the book follows, building from the preceding chapters into a fully developed exposition of Sufi theology along conceptual lines.

I never cease to yearn for the origin of my desire, with a keen path, and terrors as my steed, desirous to attain my goal! S. 15–16: Abe xl-musayn al-Warraq (d. before 320/932) is reported to have said that the way to God is difficult for one who does not come upon it with overwhelming enthusiasm (wajd ) and passionate desire (shawq). S. 290/903) heard one of his companions censuring another for being overcome by wajd and showing his inner state in a gathering where there were opponents of samAW.

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