(Zahid). An ascetic or pious renouncer. In the initial stages of Self-purification the murid, whose condition is one of imbalance, is required to develop an ascetic approach to his spiritual work and his daily existence. He is required to take up asceticism as a means with which to travel the Path to purity and higher knowledge. The danger lies in looking upon both the ascetic and his asceticism as the goal of spiritual endeavour. The one who clings to his own asceticism and renunciation has lost his way. The Goal is Allah therefore the sincere seeker of Allah must use every means available to take him to his precious goal. There are certain practices and disciplines and states which can be discarded and left behind once they have done their job and achieved the desired result. Asceticism and the ascetic himself fall into this category. The zahid who is under the Divine deception is the one who continually practises asceticism and renounces the secondary causes, without reflecting upon the meanings contained within the forms.