Feeling Spiritually Low??
From an Informal Majlis by
Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb
A Simple explanation of Qabz & Bast.
A treatise on the spiritual states of the heart.
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Qabz and Bast
I have explained many times the condition of “Qabz”
– that it is the spiritual “low” that saalikeen
experience on occasion, whilst traversing this path of Sulook.
In this path of Sulook, there are different experiences and states
that overcome one : Qabz and Bast are conditions that alternate
in the heart of the Saalik, but with progress, a different level
and state of heart is attained – of complete equilibrium,
where there is an enjoyment without any extremes.
These conditions are typical states that overcome the heart and
should thus be expected. There will be times when the Saalik experiences
a spiritual “high” – more a state of spiritual
ecstasy, where he is overcome by fervour and strong emotions of
love for Allah Ta’ala. In this state, there is immense enjoyment
in Ibaadaah, in his Salaah, Tilawat, Zikrullah, etc. The person
does not want to be occupied with any other work, except be occupied
with Allah Ta’ala, and continue to enjoy His communion by
way of Ibaadah.
Then there are times when the saalik seems to plummet from that
“high” to such a spiritual low, such a spiritual “depression”,
that he does not want to do anything. He finds that he has to now
force himself to carry out acts of Ibaadah. There is no enjoyment
in Salaah, in Tilawat, in Zikr and the feeling is burdensome upon
the heart, as if a weight is holding him down. At such a time, what
should the person do?
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Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur`aan Sharief :
“…IF YOU ARE GRATEFUL, I WILL MOST CERTAINLY
INCREASE FOR YOU (MY FAVOURS) BUT IF YOU SHOW INGRATITUDE, VERILY!
MY PUNISHMENT IS INDEED SEVERE.”
[SURAH IBRAHEEM 14 : 7]