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Monday, August 30, 2004  

The Descent of Man to the Lowest of the Low Allah Most High created the holy spirit as the most perfect creation in the first-created realm of the absolute being of His Essence; then He willed to send it to lower realms. His reason in that was to teach the holy spirit to seek the way back to the truth on the level of the All-Powerful, to seek its previous closeness and intimacy with Allah. He sent the holy spirit to the station of His messengers and saints and lovers and friends. On its way Allah sent it first to the realm of the Casual Mind, of unity, of the Total Soul, the realm of His divine Names and attributes, the realm of the truth of Muhammad. The holy spirit had with it the seed of unity. As it passed through this realm it was given the clothing of divine light and was named the sultan-soul. As it passed through the realm of angels, which is the medium of dreams, it received the name 'moving-soul'. When it finally descended to this world of matter it was dressed in the clothing of flesh that Allah created to fit its being. It was clothed with coarse matter in order to save this world, because the material world, if it had direct contact with the holy spirit, would burn to ashes. In relation to this world, it came to be known as life, the human soul. The purpose of the spirit's coming to this lowest of created realms is that it should seek to return to its previous closeness while in its actual form of flesh and bone: that it should come to this realm of coarse matter and, by means of the heart which is inside this corpse, plant the seed of unity and grow the tree of unity therein. (The roots of that tree are where they have always been; its branches fill the void of bliss, and there, for the pleasure of Allah, bear the fruits of unity.) Then in the earth of the heart the spirit planted the seed of religion and wished to grow the tree of religion, in order to obtain fruits, each of which would raise it to levels closer to Allah. Allah made bodies for the souls to enter, and for these souls, each of which has a different name, He built fitting spaces within the bodies. He placed the human soul, the soul of life, between the flesh and the blood. He placed the holy spirit within the centre of the heart, where he built a space of fine matter to keep that secret between Allah and His servant. These souls are in different parts of the body, with different duties, with different businesses; each, as if by buying and selling different goods, obtains different benefits. Their business always brings them plenty in the form of Allah's bounty and blessings. Out of what We have provided for them, secretly and openly, (they) hope for commerce that will never fail. (Sura Fatir, 29) It befits every human being to know his business within this universe of his own existence, and to understand its purpose. He must understand that he cannot change whatever is judged right for him and hung around his neck. Of the one who wishes to change his lot, who is tied to this world and ambitious for it, Allah asks: Knows he not when that which is in the graves is raised, and that which is in the breasts is made manifest? (Sura 'Adiyat, 9-10) And We have made every man's actions to cling to his neck... (Sura Bani Isra'il, 13) -Shaykh 'Abdul Qadir al-Jilani, The Secret of Secrets (Sirr al-Asrar)



posted by Abubak'r | 8/30/2004 03:50:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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