Our master Imam Malik (Allah have mercy on him) said,
‘An individual who practices Tasawwuf without acquiring fiqh (knowledge of Shariah rulings), becomes a heretic (zindeeq).
Whereas the individual who acquires fiqh but abandons Tasawwuf becomes a transgressor (fasiq).
He who acquires both, fiqh and Tasawwuf is successful in reaching the reality (haqiqa).’
Eqaz Al Himam, p30