(Wara'). During the initial stages on the Journey of Return there is an increase in abstinence which is brought about through fear of Allah. Abstinence, ascetic discipline and spiritual struggle are indispensable when the murid is struggling to achieve inner harmony and balance. The greater the purity of the traveller's heart the less need there is for abstinence. Having subdued his lower self he now holds the reins of his passions and desires.