One of the Awliya of Allah, Azza wa Jall, said: A sufi is not a sufi unless, were everything that is in him to be exposed on a plate in the marketplace, he would not be ashamed of anything that came to light.' Imam alHaddad, Rahmat Allahi Tala alayhima, said: If you cannot make your inward better than your outward, the least that you can do is to make them equal, so that, you behave equally well privately and publicly in obeying God's injunctions, avoiding His prohibitions, respecting what He has made sacred, and hastening to please Him. This is the frst step a servant takes on the path.... *** Know that you will never attain to the performing of obligations, the avoiding of the prohibited things, and the performance of the supererogarory acts that He has laid down for you to draw nearer to Him, save through knowledge. Seek it then!  *** Know that a religious man is not likely to do anything which is itself illicit such as eating forbidden animals or wrongfully appropriating other people's money by coercion, injustice, theft, or pillage, for these usually proceed from hard oppressive men and rebellious demons. ***  The Book of Assistance.  ibid.  ibid.  ibid.