Was listening to a lecture and stumbled across this golden statement by the great 14th century Moroccan Islamic scholar named Sidi Ahmed Zarouqh (Rahimullah) so I had to write it down.
"Know, May Allah give you and I success and rectify our wordly and other wordly lives and grant us adherence to the way of the truth in our journeys but repentance is a key and Taqwa is vast and uprightness is the source of rectification. Furthermore a servant is never free from blunders and shortcomings or lassitude, therefore never be neglectful of Towbah and never turn away from the act of returning to Allah and never neglect acts that take you closer to Allah.
Indeed, every time one of these three occurs, repent and return. Every time you make a mistake listen and obey. Every time you display shortcomings or show lack of enthusiasm don’t desist on your efforts, let your main concern be to remove from your outer state anything that is displeasing and then maintain its outward state through continuous council and continue doing this until you find that you’re fleeing from anything outwardly displeasing as your second nature and your avoidance of your boundaries of prohibited things is as it acts as a protective net that is placed before you. At this point it is time to turn inward towards your hearts presence and to its reality with both reflection and remembrance.
Don’t hasten the end result before you’ve completed the beginning and likewise don’t begin without looking towards the end result. This is so because the one who seeks the outset at the end loses providential care and the one who seeks the end at the outset loses providential guidance.
Act in accordance to principles and the appropriate legal rulings and not in accordance with stories and fantasies, don’t even consider stories of how things went with others except as a tonic to strengthen your result. Certainly not as a reference based upon their outward forms or that they seem to be telling us. In all of this depend on a clear path you can refer to and a foundation you can depend upon on all of your states. The best of these is the path of Ibn A’atailah given that in it is a clear direction to Allah.
Do not take from others words unless it is in accordance with your own path but submit to their implications if you desire and do not add vain and foul speech to it. Put aside anything you cannot take its benefit immidiently. Beware of being extremely hard on yourself before you have obtained a mastery over it. But also beware of being to lacks with it in anything that concerns sacred rulings. It is constantly fleeing from moderation in everything and it inclines towards extremisms in both matters of deviancy and guidance. To repeat, this is so because it is constantly fleeing from moderation in everthing and it inclines towards extremism in both matters of deviancy and guidance.
Seek out a companion to help you out in your affairs and take his council in your inward and outward affairs, if you do indeed take his companionship then treat him in a manner that is benefiting to his state and give him your council based on his inabilities and abilities because the perfective friend is no longer to be found.”