Maqam – i.e. station and HAL – i.e. state

The various stages of self awareness on the Sufi path are known as maqamat, or the ‘stations’, which are attainable through continuous spiritual practices and sincere efforts. However, hal or ‘state’ can only happen by the Grace of GOD. Rumi has described these stages poetically as:

Maqam is the (King’s) being alone with the bride,
while hal is like unveiling of the beauteous bride’