Part 2 of 4: THE TARGET IS ALLAH
Allah has also shown us how to disregard these distractions. All of the rules for right behavior that are contained in the Qur’an-i-Karim are designed to bring you to the target and to help you avoid the things that will distract you from Allah. Sufism is a training program that helps you to learn to be a single-minded and single-targeted person. In order to reach the target, you need the training, education and discipline of Sufism. You also need perseverance and patience, wisdom, light, obedience and good intentions. You particularly need the intention to learn.
SUFISM IS A TRAINING PROGRAM :
Part 1 of 4: ZIKR OF ALLAH
Allah says in the Qur’an-i-Karim (17:13), “And for each person, We have tied what they are supposed to do on their neck as a sign for them.”
The Sufis believe that this is zikr. Our bodies are doing zikr all the time, whether we are aware of this or not. Your heart is saying “Allah, Allah” with every beat, and your lungs are saying “Hu, Hu” with every breath. Everything in the universe is doing zikr all the time as well, whether we know this or not. In this way, Allah showed us the path to the target. The target is Allah. Then, Allah created distractions in order to separate the sincere from the insincere and to test the true believers to see who would keep their attention on Allah and who would become distracted.