TRUST IN GOD

“And put thy trust in God; and enough is God as a disposer of affairs”. (Qur’an 4 :81)

The word used in Qur’an is “Tawakkal”, which is derived from “Tawakkul”. This is not an excuse for idleness. “Tawakkul means that you should bind the camel with its rope, then say that you have trust in God that He will protect your camel. You should not have confidence in the rope only, because many a camel has been stolen together with its rope; and, likewise, you should not neglect the rope, because binding with the rope is a part of Tawakkul”.

So this is the spirit of Tawakkul. We are to try our best; and then we should have trust in the God that He will make our work succeed. Continue reading “TRUST IN GOD”

GOD – MINDEDNESS

“In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful”. 

This phrase occurs at the beginning of every Chapter of the Qur’an, except one. It is used by Muslims before starting every work – before reading, before eating, before starting their work, before sleeping. Islam teaches man to start every good effort with the Holy name of God Who is beneficent and merciful, invoking His mercy to bless his efforts with success.

The goal of Islam is to make a man “God -minded”; it wants him to realize that he, himself, is nothing, that all his efforts are fruitless unless rewarded by God with success. And that realization is combined with the satisfaction that God is beneficent and merciful, who will not disappoint him in his hope and belief. Continue reading “GOD – MINDEDNESS”

KNOW THE SOUL

“Soon will We show them our signs in the (furthest) regions and in their own souls……..” (Qur’an 41:53).

There is one tested method of knowing Allah; and that is “through His creation” – the Worlds and the Man. Let us begin with our self. We do not know the nature of soul. Still we have to admit that there is something which is the source of “life” In the same way, though we cannot ‘know’ the Creator, we have to admit that there is a God who has created the universe.

We know that the soul is the ruler of our body. If any limb of ours refuses to obey the commands of the soul, it is not a reflection on the strength of the soul. It is considered the defect of the limb itself. Likewise, the God is the master and ruler of the universe; and if anybody refuses to obey the commandments of Allah, the authority of Allah can never be doubted. It will be a sign that the disobedient person is sick spiritually. Continue reading “KNOW THE SOUL”

DIVINE BLESSINGS

Because Allah favors His servants, God the Blessed and Supreme gave them intellect, He gave them the power to refine and purify themselves, He sent the prophets and awliya (the friends of God, saints, holy men) to guide people and to help them to reform themselves so that they do not fall into the severe chastisement of hell. If these preventatives do not cause the awareness and refinement of man, God, the Merciful, will make him aware through other means: by various difficulties, afflictions, poverty, and illness.

Like an expert physician or a skilled and kind nurse, He tries to cure a sick man from dangerous spiritual illnesses. If a servant is blessed by God, he will be faced with afflictions until he turns his attention to God the Almighty, and is refined. This is the way, and other than this there is no way, but man must tread this path with his own feet until he reaches its conclusion. Continue reading “DIVINE BLESSINGS”

THE MUHAMMADAN LIGHT

Allah in His infinite and majestic oneness has the power to reward and to forgive. The Almighty created mankind and His dominion encompasses everything that every creature does without anyone helping Him to do so. Allah is indeed great, mighty, beneficent and merciful; and with all these, Allah does not need anything from anyone as ‘thank you’ gesture and, or show of gratitude for what He has done for everybody.

As part of His infinity, sleep does not overcome Him and Allah has also never been fatigued, yet everything depends on Him. The sun rises and sets every day and the moon appears at night to provide light and sustenance.
Continue reading “THE MUHAMMADAN LIGHT”

THE CONCEPTS OF ‘IRFAN, SUFISM, HIKMAT AND PHILOSOPHY

The term gnosis (‘irfan), like another term of the same family, ma`rifah, [also translated as gnosis] literally means knowledge, but its technical meaning is specific to knowledge of a certain kind which can be achieved neither through the senses nor experience, nor through reason nor narration, but rather is acquired by inner witnessing and interior unveiling. Then, these are generalized to some propositions which describe these witnessing and unveiling.

Considering the fact that the acquisition of such witnessing and unveiling which depend on special exercises and spiritual discipline are also called gnosis (`irfan), it is known with the qualification ‘amali (practical), i.e., as practical gnosis, or the manner of spiritual wayfaring (sayr wa suluk), just as the propositions which describe the witnessing are called theoretical gnosis, and also, like the Philosophy of Illumination, is mixed to some extent with rational argumentation.

The expression sufism (tasawwuf), which, according to the most likely possibility, is derived from the word suf (wool), meaning wearing woolen garments, which symbolizes the hard life far from comforts and hedonism, is more appropriately used for practical gnosis, as the term gnosis (‘irfan) is more appropriate to theoretical gnosis. Continue reading “THE CONCEPTS OF ‘IRFAN, SUFISM, HIKMAT AND PHILOSOPHY”

ISLAMIC GNOSIS (IRFAN) AND WISDOM (HIKMAT)

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate

In the cosmic realm, human beings are like balls released into space which have within them a hidden potential energy for flight into an infinitely sublime world. But the gravitational attraction of worldly pleasures draws them toward the depths of the material world, as a result of which they fall and become degenerate; and the selfish tendencies and Satanic temptations which have become embodied in materialistic civilizations and cultures increase the speed of their downfall.

Amidst all this, there are a few individuals and groups of people the eyes of whose hearts are open to spiritual truths and the ears of whose souls have become familiar with divine messages who have the resolution to turn aside from the pollution of their animalistic desires, who open their wings to the illuminated horizon of the angelic domain and in the course of their evolution they begin an ascent to the origin of all beauties, splendours, powers, and raptures and the infinite source of perfections, and in a word, ascend toward God. Continue reading “ISLAMIC GNOSIS (IRFAN) AND WISDOM (HIKMAT)”

A JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS TOWARDS LIGHT (Part II)

The Right Path Towards Light

Unlike the right path, there are millions of paths towards the wrong direction. If one wants to go from city A to city B, there is only one direction (sirt), even though he can take different routes (sabil), one of which may be shorter than the others. But if he does not want to go to city B, there are millions of other places he can go. He can even go to the exact opposite direction of city B. Likewise, light is only one, but darkness can be as many as you can imagine. Continue reading “A JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS TOWARDS LIGHT (Part II)”

A JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS TOWARDS LIGHT (Part I)

Spirituality has a significant role in man’s life without which life will become monotonous and unsatisfying. Everyone seeks spirituality in his life, even though he may not be aware of this fact. A question rises at this point as to what can be achieved through spirituality.
The Quran being the word of the Creator of the universe is of great help in understanding the answer to this question. It can be understood from the Quran that the whole point in spirituality and piety is the purification of one’s heart and mind from all deficiencies and impurities. Continue reading “A JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS TOWARDS LIGHT (Part I)”