The purpose of going to the Murshid is to attain Allah’s pleasure, to escape evil, to seek medication for a sick heart and a true friend for an estranged heart; in brief, it is a spiritual hijrah (migration).
The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) said: “Worship at a time of tribulation (fitnah) is like hijrah to me.”
A person who goes to a Murshid is escaping fitnah and running towards jamaat (congregation), is fleeing rebellion and clinging to taqwa. This is a form of hijrah for the sake of Allah and His Messenger (s.a.w.). The result of this hijrah is Allah’s pleasure.
The Kamil Murshid has undertaken the most honorable, valuable, vital and difficult task on the face of this earth. He also carries the greatest of amanah (something entrusted for safekeeping). This is because in his capacity as heir to our Prophet (s.a.w.), the Kamil Murshid acts as the imam of taqwa and he undertakes the task of disciplining people.
The most important aim of going to the Murshid is to protect our imān (belief), by joining this karwan (caravan) of faith and insight.
This is what the great saint Imam al-Qushayri said about the necessity of the Murshid:
“When the person who is looking for Haqq is unable to find a Murshid near his homeland, he must go to the Murshid of the time who is responsible for irshad (enlightenment, guiding) and he must emigrate to the land where the Murshid is located. He must stay there until he is disciplined, and he must not leave there until the Murshid gives permission.”
It is part of imān to support and love an Arif (saint) who is on the path of taqwa. Take heed of the good news within this hadith-i sharif:
“Whoever goes to an Imam who is on the path of Allah, for the purpose of supporting and exalting him, that person is under Allah’s protection.”
If the journey is for the sake of Allah,
the final destination is paradise
The initial benefit of visiting a Friend of Allah is earning the merit of loving and visiting for Allah. The reward of visiting a Muslim brother, who is loved for the sake of Allah, is divine love and Heaven. The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) gives the following good news:
“Allah Ta’ala says: The people who love each other for Me, visit each other for Me, care for each other and behave in hospitable way to each other for Me, come together and form a (group dhikr) congregation for Me, My love becomes obligatory for them.”
Even if there were no other reward for visiting and loving for Allah’s sake, isn’t that more than enough for a person? Is there anything better than Allah’s love for His servant, His pleasure and His blessed gift of the sight of heaven, his Jamal (manifestation of Allah’s beauty)?
Above all, if the person who is visited is a friend of Allah and responsible for the irshad of people, there is even greater virtue and blessings to be gained from the visit.
We must not immediately expect kashf (revelation) and karamah (wonders) when friends of Allah (saints) are mentioned. The biggest sign of a kamil Murshid is the way he lives in accordance with the ethics of the Holy Quran and Sunnah, preserves edep under all conditions, shows people the compassionate akhlaq (ethics) that pleases Allah and guides them along the path of hidayah (enlightenment). Flying in the sky, walking on water, swallowing fire, whizzing to the furthest corner of the earth in an instant – these are not a condition of being a saint, nor are they necessary. With Allah’s permission these things are possible, but when the saint does not possess them, it is not a deficiency. What is required of them is edep and divine love. The first sign to look for in a wali (friend of Allah) is istiqamah (steadfastness, remaining on the right path).
When a person holds the hand of a Master of this path, and joins their circle of guidance, he is taken under their himmah (spiritual help) and supervision. This himmah and blessing causes the manifestation of divine love in the heart.
One result of this is that a person experiences a strong sensation of revulsion towards sin, and a desire to perform ibadah (acts of worship) with pleasure. When a person joins the congregation of the Masters, his soul fills with joy, his heart experiences relief and his breast fills with peace. A person experiences the joy of being a servant of the Lord of all Worlds. .That is the state with which Allah Ta’ala blesses His servants for the sake and blessing of holding the hand of a Sādāt-i Kiraam (the great masters of the path). To hold the hand of the Masters of the path, who are the heirs of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w), represents holding the hand of the blessed Prophet (s.a.w). A person who holds onto them has grasped a ring of light which will never break.
The Masters of the Naqshband path of discipline have considered the acquisition of three things to be crucial to a person’s discipline. These three fundamentals are love, ikhlas and submission. Now let’s briefly explain these concepts.
 Müslim, Fitan, 130; Tirmidhî, Fitan, 31
 Al-Qushayri, Qushayri Risâla, p. 736 (Istanbul: Semerkand, 2005).
 Hâkim, Müstedrek, 2/90; Ibn Hibbân, Sahîh, nr.372; Ahmed, Müsned, 5/241.
 Tabarânî, al-Qabîr, 19/140 (nr. 307); Süyûtî, as-Sagîr, nr. 2867.
 Ahmed, Müsned, 5/239; Hâkim, Müstedrek, 4/169-170.