On the Meaning of: ‘The Sufi is a man of the moment.’

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

Please explain the statement of Imam al-Qushayri in his Risalah: ‘The Sufi is a man of the moment.’

This means that he is focused at all times on that which is most appropriate for him and most beloved to his Lord. Neither the past nor the future distract him from performing what he must perform in the present time, so he excels in fulfilling his obligations in the time and state in which he finds himself. He always endeavours to find that which is most pleasing to Allah and His Messenger ﷺ.