Similarly, however lowly he may be, a loyal servant of the All-Wise Qur’an conveys its commands unhesitatingly and in its name to even the loftiest of people. With pride and independence, not abasing himself or begging, he sells the Qur’an’s precious diamonds to those who are rich in spirit. However lofty they are, they should not behave arrogantly towards the common servant while he is carrying out his duty. And if they apply to the servant, it should not make him proud either, or get above himself. If some of the customers for the sacred treasure regard the wretched servant as a saint and look on him as exalted, certainly it is the mark of the Qur’anic truth’s sacred compassion to send them assistance, succour, and enlightenment from the divine treasury, without the servant being aware of it or intervening, so that he should not be ashamed.
Imam-i Rabbani, the Regenerator of the Second Millennium, Ahmad Faruqi (May God be pleased with him), said: “In my opinion, the unfolding and clarification of a single of the truths of belief is preferable to thousands of illuminations and instances of wonder-working. Moreover, the aim and result of all the Sufi paths are the unfolding and clarification of the truths of faith.” Since a champion of Sufism like Imam-i Rabbani made such a pronouncement, surely the Words, which expound the truths of faith with perfect clarity and proceed from the mysteries of the Qur’an, may yield the results sought from sainthood.
Thirty years ago dreadful blows descended on the heedless head of the Old Said and he pondered over the assertion “Death is a reality.” He saw himself in a muddy swamp. He sought help, searched for a way, tried to find a saviour. He saw that the ways were many; he was hesitant. He took an omen from the book Futuh al-Ghayb of Gawth al-A‘zam, Shaikh Gilani (May God be pleased with him). It opened at these lines: “You are in the Dar al-Hikma, so find a doctor who will heal your heart.” It is strange, but at that time I was a member of the Darü’l-Hikmeti’l-Islamiye. I was as though a doctor trying to heal the wounds of the people of Islam, but was sicker than they. A sick person should look firstly to himself, then to others.
The Shaikh was saying to me: “You yourself are sick; find a doctor for yourself.” So I said: “You be my doctor!” I took him as my doctor and read the book as though it were address