This article is from Purification of the Mind (Jila’ Al-Khatir)
* Be humble, for the more you humble yourself the more you become prominent, get elevated, and gain a higher status. If you do not behave with humility, this will indicate your ignorance of Allah (mighty and glorified is He), His Messenger (Allah’s prayer and peace be on him), His prophets, His saints, His Law, His Knowledge, His power, His status, this world of His, and the hereafter of His. How often you hear but do not understand, understand but do not work, and work but with no sincerity so that your presence and your absence are one and the same!
* O hypocrite, why do you want to listen to these words? Get out of here. You are the enemy of Allah (mighty and glorified is He), the enemy of His Messenger (Allah’s prayer and peace be on him), His prophets, and His saints (Allah’s prayer and peace be on all of them). Were it not for my patience and sense of shame in the presence of Allah, I would come down, grab you by the scruff of your neck, and throw you out.
You are in illusion. O people, work and be sincere! Do not be conceited and do not claim doing a favor to Allah (mighty and glorified is He) for deeds that He Himself has enabled you to do! The vain person is ignorant. The person who claims to have done Allah a favor is ignorant. The person who behaves arrogantly with the creatures is ignorant. Humility is from Allah and arrogance is from Satan. The first one who behaved with arrogance was Iblīs, so he was cursed, hated, thrown out, and deprived. If self‑abasement and humility did not represent such a high spiritual degree He would not have used them to describe those whom He loves and who love Him, as in His (high is He) following saying: “O you who believe! If anyone of you turns back from his religion, Allah will bring a people whom He loves and who love Him — [who are] humble to the believers, proud with the disbelievers” (from 5.54). The believers humble themselves to the believers, but are honorable in their attitude toward the disbelievers. Their humbleness to the believers is an act of worship and their honorableness with the disbelievers is a work of worship. The believer never adopts an attitude of arrogance toward the creatures, but he rather abases himself and behaves with humbleness to them. He conceals his spiritual state by his self‑abasement and humility. He is in fact close to the king and is in his house. When he goes out and about with him, he disguises himself as a servant so that no one would recognize his nearness to the king. If the vizier and the king went out, having disguised themselves, and then the vizier was recognized by one of his friends and started to talk to him, the vizier must not treat him with arrogance and respond by saying: “The king is with me.” Instead, he must smile to him, do his business for him, and give him the impression that the person who is with him is his servant, thus concealing his true identity.
O young man, you have no knowledge of the spiritual states of the people of Allah and you do not believe in their words! It is your involvement with the creatures that has screened you off from them. Your pursuit of worldly status and your quest for leadership have screened you off from them. If you were truthful in seeking the people of Allah, you would have seen them and benefited from their words.
* Be humble so that you will be given a high status. Take off the clothes of arrogance and put on the cloths of humility so that you will be raised. All that you are involved in is an illusion within an illusion. If you turn away from the notion of the lower self, the notion of passion, the notion of Satan, and the notion of this world, the notion of the hereafter will come to you, as well as the notion of the angel, and finally the notion of the True One (mighty and glorified is He), which is the ultimate goal. When the heart has become sound, it will stop the notion and ask it: “What kind of notion are you? Where are you from?” It will reply: “I am the notion of such‑and‑such.” Woe to you! Most of you are in illusion within illusion. You are worshipping the creatures in your cells.