This book that you carry in your hand is a humble but important step in attempting to describe the model of the insan-i kamil (the perfected human being). The Murshid-i Kamil these blessed people who have transcended time, are representatives of prophetic guidance and good behaviour. That is, they are models for those who did not have the honour of seeing the prophet r or his Companions y whose guidance is worthy of being followed. Their guidance and advice reflect the words and counsel of the Messenger of Allah. Just like the moon takes its light from the sun, the Friends of Allah are like mirrors that reflect the beauty of the prophetic character. This is why those who observe their state and behaviour with a gentle and loving heart will witness the subtle manifestations of prophetic character. The Golden Chain is a current of spiritual energy that has linked itself to an invisible line of love and that has reached us today, transferred from heart to heart. The lives of these Perfect Guides, their ‘sayr u suluk’ of having passed through their spiritual training and being given the duty of guiding others, are filled with lessons from which we can take heed, whether it be from periods in which they were in training or when they were training others. To take heed from their stories, to listen to their wise advice, to deeply contemplate on their profound states will undoubtedly benefit our correct understanding of aspects of Islam such as zuhd (abstention), ihsan, khushu(deep reverence), taqwa (God-consciousness), rabbaniyya (godliness), ruhaniyyah (spirituality), that is, in short TASAWWUF.
This book in your end has been written to express our endless praise and thanks to Allah U who brought us into existence from nothing and rendered us with being part of the community of the most beloved Messenger Muhammad Mustafa who revived hearts by leading humankind out of the darkness of the era of ignorance by teaching and spreading the luminous atmosphere of Islam and built a civilisation of virtue. More praise are due to our Almighty lord Allah U for having transmit us by the intermediate of our beloved Prophet the last book as a divine gift. With this mind we have compiled this humble book as a summary of various articles previously penned with the aim of reflecting on our love for Allah U and His Messenger.
This book try to draw attention to relevant criteria of the Shariah as a declaration of the vital need for Tasawwuf. By doing that the author Cheikh Osman Nuri Topbaş hoca efendi tried to clarify the state of our heart, which should be as servants of Allah in our interactions with our Lord, and define the most proper way to interact with one’s guide for those who set out on the spiritual journey training under such guides. He has also tried to bring attention to the fact that overstepping the limits of love and connection can lead one to bigotry and extremes, thus warning of certain dangers that can lead one to lose their foothold.