Following Sufism IV, this final volume of the Sufism series presents writing of the great sufi masters concerning nine spiritual 'stations' and â€˜statesâ€™. 'Gratitude' in Sufism means being thankful to God and practicing beneficence toward created beings. This in turn leads to â€˜Patienceâ€™ which is the devoteeâ€™s forbearance with respect to Godâ€™ will, which lays the ground for â€˜trust-in-Godâ€™ or relying on God with the elimination of any thought of oneself or anyone else. Without thought of self, â€˜Aspirationâ€™ evolves as attention of heart on God with firm resolve toward attainment of perfection. Being truthful with God, or â€˜Veracityâ€™, awakens every sense in the traveler and if the traveler then possess Godâ€™ s â€˜Zealâ€™ he forgets all created things as well as himself. The station of â€˜Valourâ€™ means seeing things as coming from God and being content therewith. â€˜Altruismâ€™, then, is consigning what is other than God to God.
It is infidelity to rely on piety and knowledge
Â Â Â Â Â on the Path;
The wayfarer must trust in God alone,
Â Â Â Â Â though he have a hundred skills
In sufi terminology, trust-in-God (tawakkol) means relying on God with the elimination of any thought of oneself or anyone else.
He who gives sustenance from Himself to the wheat how should He let your acts of trust-in-God be wasted?
Consign your work to God;
Cast good and bad from your eye.
This is the reality of trust-in-God;
Committing everything to God
- Shah Da'i Shirazi