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Chapter 5.1. Travelling the Path of Allah, Mighty and Magnificent

Khulayd al-Asari said, 'Every lover desires to meet his beloved, so love your Lord and travel to Him with a fine journey: neither arduous nor lax. This journey will take the believer to his Lord and whoever does not know the path to his Lord will not traverse it and there is no difference between such a person and an animal.'

Dhu'l-Nun said, 'The lowly are those who do not know the path to their Lord and nor do they seek to know it.'

The path to Allah is to traverse His Straight Path with which He sent His Messenger (saw) and for which He revealed His Book. It is this Path that He commanded the whole of creation to traverse. Ibn Masud said, 'The Straight Path: Muhammad (saw) left us on one end of it and the other end is in Paradise. To its right and left are paths branching off on which stand people summoning those who pass by them. Whoever takes to those paths will end up in the Fire but the one who remains on the Path will end up in Paradise.' Then he recited,

And verily this is My Straight Path, so follow it. Follow not other ways, lest you be parted from His way. This has He ordained for you, that you may ward off (evil). [Quran, 6:153]

This was recorded by ibn Jarir and others. Therefore the Path that leads to Allah is one, the Straight Path, and all other paths are the paths of Shaytan, whoever traverses them is cut off from Allah and will end up in the abode of His displeasure, anger, and punishmet.