MA’BÛDIYYAH - معبودية
Being Ma’bûd. The attribute, the title and the haqiqah which arises from the Name of Ma’bûd. Being worthy of performing ‘ibâdah to, so that, this attribute only belongs to Allah (‘azza wa jalla). Ulûhiyyah.
“Man stands in need of most of the varieties of beings in the universe and is connected to them. His needs spread through every part of the ‘âlam, and his desires extend to eternity. Just as he wants a flower, so he wants the spring. Just as he desires a garden, so does he also desire everlasting Jannah. Just as he longs to see a friend, so does he long to see Al-Jamîl Zuljalâl. Just as in order to visit one he loves who lives somewhere else, he is in need for his beloved's door to be opened to him, so too in order to visit the ninety-nine per cent of his friends who have travelled to barzakh and so be saved from eternal separation, he needs to seek refuge at the court of an Absolutely Qadîr who will close the door of this huge world and open the door of the âkhirah, which is an exhibition of wonders, and remove this world and establish the âkhirah in its place.
Thus for man in this position the only True Ma’bûd will be One in whose hand are the reins of all things, with whom are the treasuries of all things, who sees all things, and is present everywhere, who is beyond space, exempt from impotence, free of fault, and far above all defect; a Qadîr Zuljalâl, a Rahîm Zuljamâl, a Hakîm Zulkamâl. Because Whoever provides the infinite needs of the human can only be One who has infinite qoudrah and all-embracing ‘ilm. So Than He is the only One worthy for ma’bûdiyyah.” The Words ( 328 )
“لاَ اِلهَ اِلاَّ اللّٰهُ 1 In this phrase is an affirmation of the Tawhîd of Ulûhiyyah and Ma’bûdiyyah. We indicate an extremely powerful proof of this degree is as follows:
A most orderly activity is apparent on the face of the universe, especially on the page of the earth. And we observe there a khallâqiyyah through great hikmah. And we see ‘ayn al-yaqîn a most orderly fattâhiyyah; that is, the opening up a suitable shape and giving of a form to everything. Furthermore, we see a wahhâbiyyah and bountifulness through great compassion, generousty and rahmah. Since this is so, this state and this modality necessarily proves, indeed makes perceive of, the necessary existence and wahdah of a Fa’âl, Khallâq, Fattâh, Wahhâb Zuljalâl One.
Indeed, the constant disappearance and renewal of beings demonstrate that those beings are the manifestations of the sacred Names of a Sâni’ Al-Qadîr, and are shadows of the nûrs of His Names; that they are works of art resulting from His actions, and embroideries and pages of the pen of Qadar and Qoudrah and they are mirrors reflecting the beauty (jamâl) of His perfection.” The Letters ( 272 )
1 (There is no Ilah but Allah.)