“Verily, he who has reformed the nafs (soul) has attained success, and he who has impurified it has lost.” (Surah Shams)
Success in this world and the Hereafter for the Mu’min (believer) lies in Islãh (reformation) of the nafs (soul). Reformation of the nafs is the transformation from animality to humanity. The human being has to emerge from his state of gross animality and mount the stage of Insãniyah (true humanity) by the Tarbiyah (moral training) of his nafs. Elimination of the evil attributes and adornment with the lofty attributes are two fundamentals of reformation. The only way of achieving self-reformation is by Mujãhadah, i.e. opposition to the inordinate emotional desires.
Emotional desires have to be opposed and made subservient to the Aql (intelligence). The intelligence is or should be subservient to the Shar’iah.
When the emotional desires gain control of the intelligence, man is transformed into a lowly beast. On the other hand, when the intelligence controls the desires of the nafs, man mounts the platform of Insãniyah (humanity) and attains the lofty realm of the Angels.
Khãnqah is the spiritual center providing a facility for Islahun-Nafs (Self Correction). Following the traditions of the Ahlul-Haq (Truth Bearers), Khanqah revives the rare traditions of Sulook, Tazkia, & Tassawuf while staying clear of all kinds of Bidda’hs (innovations in the religion) and complies strictly with the rules and boundaries prescribed by the Shariah.