A’uzubillahi minashaitonir Rojeem, Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem, Allahuma Solli wa Salleem ‘ala Sayidina Muhammmadin wa aalihi wa sohbihi…
The shaykhs/guides and their affairs are magnificent and this has been conveyed from the generations of the companions and those thereafter. A shaykh who (merely) conveys information is readily available. In this meaning they say that, “knowledge is a trade that both the pious and corrupt can excel”. But transmission of information that coincides/resonates with the light of (true) knowledge only occurs by being associated to those shuyukh/guides of this meaning.
The sphere or option of receiving knowledge is broad and vast. However its connection to this light that is mentioned differs to the point of view of its strength and weaknesses. From this knowledge, there is knowledge that becomes a proof against its possessor and this is the knowledge that is disconnected from this light.
However the knowledge of tazkiyyah i.e. inner-purification can only occur by connecting to a guide with this light. Anyone can talk about Riya’, takkabbur, ikhlas, and sidq but uprooting them and sowing the seeds of praiseworthy traits can only occur through the means of a true shaykh.
So if only the one who speaks of the aspects of ostentaion or Riya’ and the subtleties thereof were in fact purified therefrom. If only those who spoke about ikhlas and its subtleties were in fact characterized thereby. Then this path would be the easiest thing and it wouldn’t be easier learning architecture or engineering or driving etc. however, this is (path/knowledge) greater and more magnificent that that!
This person who uproots the blameworthy traits and sows the seeds of praiseworthy traits, he himself might be the means for the veil being lifted for the seeker or it might not be him. Those who are the true and sincere have a sign, the first of which is a good following of Shari’a/the Sacred Law and the Sunnah of The Messenger of Allah s.a.w. otherwise people may make false claims and pretensions of possessing staions of being a true shaykh just as people make false claims of the station of Islam, Iman and Ihsan. Maybe some liars actually take is as a means of acquisition of wealth or as a means to accompolish any of the aims of the lower self.
There is no doubt that for such their sin is great and they’re in grave danger between them and Allah s.w.t.