The First Subject: Religious ways in Islamic mysticism

Having control over the commanding soul cannot be achieved except by accepting legitimate and right difficulties. This control leads to a practical state so that a mystical traveler can easily abandon affairs which are disagreeable to our merciful God. This state is a level that does not allow abominable inspirations entering into their heart but accepts blessings and good thoughts.

We have a hadith (sacred saying) which notes: God is zealous and does not delight in anything except His remembrance and love to enter into the heart of His creatures.

It should be noted that conversely, seeking to weaken the commanding soul and trying to control it by illegitimate, abhorred, and illicit activities is sin and has the reverse result.

Ayatollah Mohammad Saleh Komeily (God graciously preserves him)

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