Ibn Al-Qayyim’s Madarij Al-Salikin (Steps of the Seekers) | The Station of Fleeing to Allah (Al-Firar)


“The meaning of the original word in Arabic, al-firâr, is to hasten, flee, escape or take flight from one thing to another. The fleeing of the successful souls is towards Allah, and that of the doomed ones is away from Allah. The attitude of the special friends of Allah, His awliyâ, is to flee from Allah to Allah, which means, as Ibn ¢Abbâs said, to act in obedience to Allah, or as Sahl ibn ¢Abdullâh said, to flee from other than Allah to Allah, or as some others said, to flee from the chastisement of Allah toward His reward.

The most elementary level of this fleeing to Allah includes three aspects of flight:”