the performance of the offices of worship and intentness on works of supererogation
and seeking to practice dhikr (remembrance of God; or the practice so designated) continuously and assiduity and diligence in the quest for salvation until he traversed those steep paths and undertook those hardships--but he did not attain the goal of his questing.
Such persons, by virtue of their vows, were in a state of perfection and, by fulfilling the counsels, their "works of supererogation
" produced more merit than those who simply followed the Ten Commandments.
Auerbach will cause me to do my routine duties well this fall, but if he does not make a satisfactory arrangement with me on salary matters, I do not think I shall do many works of supererogation
." Boyle hoped for a $2,500 annual salary, but when the dreaded "interview" took place in September, Auerbach offered him $2,000 for 1888.