Key to Salvation
Shaykh Abu’l ‘Abbas al-Mursi, a master of the Shadhili path, said to the young Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah – who then also became a realised master – on their second encounter:
There are four states of the servant, not five: blessings, trials, obedience, and disobedience. If you are blessed, then what God requires of you is thankfulness. If you are tried, then what God requires of you is patience. If you are obedient, then what God requires of you is the witnessing of His blessings upon you. If you are disobedient, then what God requires of you is asking forgiveness.
May we learn to appropriately act in relation to all of God’s Self-disclosure upon us, in every dimension of manifestation.