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Extract from “Al-Khalwah

According to the Shaykh al-Alawi, the profound meaning of religious practices and the reason they exist is the remembrance of Allāh, which means that all the sharī'ah, all the dogmas, all the practices reside in the dhikr. One may be prevented by circumstances from fulfilling a particular prescription of the Law; one can never be prevented from remembering God.

The sharī'ah was revealed in time whereas the haqīqah has no beginning; it was before the creation of the world. The sharī'ah is bound to the haqīqah, but the haqīqah is not bound to the sharī'ah. Spiritus autem ubi vult spirat.

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