“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”
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”
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 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”
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)”
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)”
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)”
Imamship is a big issue in most Muslim communities. It is discussed in every sector and at different levels in the society. Why has it become a problem in society which needs urgent solution? Almost every sect in Islam or every community has its own methodology in electing or appointing the Imam. However, what does the Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet (S.A.W) says about Imamship? Continue reading “IMAMSHIP IN THE QUR’AN AND SUNNAH”
Imamship is an institution in Islam that provides Muslim communities with leadership. Throughout Islamic history, Imamship (Religious leadership) has served to hold the Islamic Ummah together. While he lived, Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) was the uncontested leader and after him the four successors (Abu Bakr, Umar ibn Khattab, Uthman ibn Affan, and Ali ibn Abi Talib). Continue reading “METHOD OF SELECTING IMAM IN OUR COMMUNITIES”
Ironically, every Muslim in the world would tell you that Islam means Peace. However, some Muslims contrary to what the religion stands for or means, rather engage in violence. This violent behavior among some Muslims is very worrying to say the list. Continue reading “What causes division among Muslims?”