The Dhikr is the Providential Guidance (wilaya)

And [the Sufi] masters -- may the good favor of God be upon them all -- have declared that the dhikr [i.e. mantra] is an extension of the Providential Guidance (wilaya, i.e. spiritual authority and proximity to God). Whosoever has been bestowed the bounty of [possessing] the dhikr has been granted the Providential Guidance (wilaya) itself, and whosoever has been made bereft of [or 'forbidden from'] it has been demoted from the Providential Guidance (wilaya) - The Gift of the Faqir (my trans.).

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