Firstly, please forgive me for my lack of adab. I am a weak servant looking for heavenly support and your tawwajuh.
1. What exactly did our Prophet (saw) do in Mount Hira? I know he used to meditate, etc. but what form did this meditation take? Considering he spent days there, this profoundly affected him. Are there any actual accounts of the actual practices he performed there?
2. I have an interest in energy healing. How can I pursue this? I have taken your advice and looked at www.nurmuhammad.com and found the explanations confusing, difficult to understand and vague at best. Is there any other Islamic resource you can point me to?
3. What purpose do the lataif have in the tareeq? Again, www.nurmuhammad.com provides little information on how to activate these and their real purpose.
Jazakallah Khair & please pray for this weak one.
Sayyida `A’isha (Allah be well-pleased with her) described that activity as tahannuth and tabattul i.e. worship, spiritual and devotional exercises, self-deprivation. As for modalities the Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) himself referred us to his fully detailed paradigm in the Sunna and the living paradigms of that paradigm are our spiritual teachers so I refer you to their suhbas and companionship.
As for energy healing again it is a gift which a Muslim can refine by building up character and knowledge under his shaykh’s guidance rather than study from books. The lata’if are names for the different levels where the fayd or spiritual outpouring of the shaykh lead one by the hand to the fayd of the Prophet, upon him blessings and peace. Mawlana Shaykh Hisham discusses them only very briefly in his book Naqshbandi Sufi Golden
Chain where he says:
Through these points these saints can reach their followers at any time. Because they have the authority of these nine points, they consider all of humankind to be their followers, whether they are aware of their spiritual connection to them or not. Through these points, which are of ‘Uwaysi’ nature, they can reach and affect any human being, intercede for them, and inspire their hearts in order to direct them to the Divine Love, although they have never met physically
Hajj Gibril Haddad