O son, one of my guides met our senior guide not too long ago. The senior guide said to the junior guide: "Stop befriending those two kids!" Puzzled, the junor guide asked the senior guide who he was referring to. To which, he answered, 'Your intelligence and your nafs.'
If you, O son, are like the majority of the people, you would not be pleased with such an advice. But we know, as those who heard and followed the Sufi masters before us knew, that, 'something that is acceptable by the general public could be a sin for the solehins and certain things that are forgivable for the solehins are in fact a sin to the muqarrabins.'
As such, we follow the path of Jalaluddin Rumi and all the other Sufi saints we adore. We sell our intelligence!
Love is a ship for the elect:
it is deliverance from disaster.
and buy bewilderment;
your intelligence may be opinion,
while bewilderment may be naked vision.
Sacrifice your understanding in the presence of Muhammad:
say, 'God suffices me.'
O son, for one who says 'God suffices me', what do you reckon the value of intelligence is to him? Nothing! So don't you dare depend on any other than Him. Never depend on your intelligence. Depend on Him alone!
May Allah increase us in knowledge and gnosis.
Ameen Allahumma ameen.