Abu Usman Hairi wrote to Mohammed bin Fazal (Allah have mercy on them) inquiring about the signs of spiritual infliction and depravity (شقاوہ).
‘They are three,
1. The knowledge is present but there is deprivation from action (according to it).
2. The actions are present but they are void of sincerity.
3. The opportunity to be in the company (suhba) of pious is present but there is no reverence for them (in one’s heart). ‘
Al Risala Al Qushayri via Tilawat e Quran, page, 42-3