بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين
This is what Abu Sulaiman Ad-Daaraani (R) used to say concerning their attributes:
‘Their longing is not like the longing of the people. And their desire for the Hereafter is contrary to the desires of the people. And their supplication is not like the supplication of the people.’
And he (R) was once asked concerning what the best of deeds was, so he began to weep and said:
‘It is that He takes over your heart and so you are not seen wanting from this world or the next one, anything other than Him.’
Yahyaa ibn Mu’aadh (R) said:
‘The Zaahid is the stranger of this world and the ‘Aarif is the stranger of the Hereafter.’
He is indicating that the one who abandons the worldly life is a stranger amidst the people of this world, while the one who is aware of Allah is a stranger amidst the people of the Hereafter. Thus, neither the worshippers nor the ascetics will be able to recognize him.
And perhaps the condition of the ‘Aarif is hidden from even himself, due to the concealment of his condition and the bad thoughts he holds for himself.
Ibraheem ibn Adham (R) said:
‘I have not seen this matter except in a man who did not know that about himself nor did the people know him.’