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The people of this science divide actions into three categories: actions of the
Shari’a, actions of the Tariqa, and actions of Reality. This can be re-phrased
as actions of Islam, actions of faith and actions of ihsan, or actions of worship,
actions of slavedom and actions of pure slavedom, which is freedom. Or it can
be referred to as the actions of the people of the beginning, the actions of the
people in the middle and the actions of the people of the end. The Shari’a is
that you worship Him; the Tariqa is that You aim for Him, and the reality is that
you witness Him. You could also say that the Shari’a is putting the outward
right, Tariqa is putting the conscience right, and the reality is putting the secret
right.

(Taken from Commentary on The Hikam of Ibn ‘Ata’llah by Ibn ‘Ajiba, Translated by Aisha Bewley)

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