Editor's Note is a quarterly column with inspirational words of wisdom from the Editor-in-Chief of Sufism: An Inquiry, Shah Nazar Seyed
Dr. Ali Kianfar

An Essential Principle of Sufi Teaching
Editor's Note
from Vol. 6, No. 3

Tariquat: Way
Editor's Note from
Vol.8, No.2

Qualifying Oneself for Religion
Editor's Note
from Vol. 8, No. 3


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The Book of Allah and Ahl Al-bayt

From Vol. 9, No. 2

In the previous issue of Sufism: An Inquiry, the “Letter From The Editor” focused on the conduct of human beings in the physical world and the instructions of the prophets regarding good deeds. Some Sufism readers responded to the article, wanting to know more. Common questions were: How do good deeds manifest in this life, once I have left the physical realm? What is good conduct? How do I know if my actions are good?

The Prophet said: This life stage (Arabic: manzil) is the farmland for the hereafter.

In this image, the farm represents the nafs. The seed of the farm symbolizes the Divine Knowledge that man receives. The actions of man are the methods he employs in order to cultivate the seed (Divine Knowledge).

In this analogy of the farm, there are two main scenarios. The first: the seed is a good one. However, the farmland has not been adequately prepared. Subsequently the seed is unable to realize its inherent goodness and potential. The second: Both the seed and the farmland are good. The evolution of the seen, therefore, is directly dependent upon the knowledge of the farmer. The seed can only flourish and realize its full potential and innate goodness if the farmer is skilled . . .

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