WHOSE SPIRITUAL LEADER IS SATAN?
Tarik is an Arabic term meaning ‘path, road, and way.’ There are sheikhs, leaders of religious orders, and their followers who preach that the path in question is just one of the ways to God and to follow it is not a binding duty. However, there are many dervishes who claim that the Prophet had said ‘Satan is the guide of those who have no spiritual leader’ (sheikh, murshid). If such is the case, the Muslims of old must have been imperfect Muslims. During the period when the number of sheikhs was not so great, the guide of Muslims must have been Satan then. Did Muslims who lived before the proliferation of religious orders live as imperfect Muslims? Many sheikhs, products of religious orders, were declared infallible; those who assembled around them were judged eligible for paradise, while the destination of the remaining Muslims was hell. Therefore, it was indispensable to become the devotees of such figures. That a good many sheikhs were announced in history to be the Mahdi or Jesus Christ is a fact. These figures may be encountered nearly in every town and district. Most of these people suffer from paranoid delusions and have a harmful effect not only on their spiritual world but also on the purse. These are the counterparts of the hypocritical Jewish rabbis and Christian anchorites mentioned in the Quran.
34 – There are indeed many among the rabbis and priests, who in falsehood devour the substance of people and hinder then from the way of God. 9 Repentence, 34