abu mohammed wrote:
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Then you are down to Kashf and influence and Jinns and neither require learning and/or experience. The distinguishing factor is the person, their lifestyle and practise.
If the person has Taqwa and Sunnah based lifestyle then it is Kashf otherwise it is Jinn.
You identify Auliya-Allah (not by your experience) but by certification of other Auliya. IF the other Auliya identify this person to be a “Wali of Allah” then you also do so. This was how the “Khilafa system” is supposed to work i.e. a Wali of Allah “now certifies” this person to have undergone some training and he is a person of Sunnah.
Does not mean that this person is a Wali of Allah (as well) but Khilafah has levels.
So I can know “Khalid” to be a good person but Khailafah is meant to an independently controlled system with rigour and value. In our times, Khilafah is reduced to mere “Hazrat Worship”, some people get Khilafah because they have money and can benefit the Shaykh and others get it because they are white-skinned Europeans and can have a good PR for the Silsila
Lataif is a (spiritual) training program just like a physical training program. If you are training to be a fast bowler, you will train in a certain way and concentrate of certain muscles, the idea is to get greater twitch speed in order to bowl fast. Then within fast bowlers, you can have swing bowlers and out and out express speedsters. A coach will be able to identify a young lad and advise to concentrate on swing or speed, each requiring different exercises and different tactics. A novice will like a certain stage of training (practise wrongly) and never advance.
Each Lateefa has specific characteristics and impact. The same Lateefa in me will react differently to you. The Shaykh will be able to detect and advise on specific Lateefa and also how to avoid pitfalls. A novice will merely enjoy a certain Lateefa and get stuck and never advance.
Then individuals have limits. A fast bowler can break their back which will end their career, a Sufi can have lose control and it will end their (spiritual career).
Some individuals are naturally very good, they advance quickly, others cannot take it so they get jealous and this is what happens in Sufi SilSilas abundantly. You have some who get specific feelings on a certain Lateefa and THINK that they are superior to another person who has no feelings or no “special gifts”, when the other person advances they get jealous because they can feel that they have a gift when the person being advanced does not.