This is an article written by the late Professor Syed Al Ashraf (ra). Shariah is the path that leads to water. In the context of existence in the desert, water is life. It is the allowed and the disallowed in order to lead one safely to life, it's law and regulations. Tariqah is a path defined by a scholar who is a teacher and a guide who leads his students/disciples upon such a path. There is no tariqah without shariah. Thanks to Maulana Kavir Mohammed of Trinidad for the copy.