بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ وَ الصَّلاَةُ وَ السَّلاَمُ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَ عَلَى آلِهِ وَ صَحْبِهِ اَجْمَعِينَ
ÎMÂN-BELIEF – 4
The Twenty-Third Word
[This Word contains Two Discussions]
بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا اْلاِنْسَانَ فِى اَحْسَنِ تَقْوِيمٍ ثُمَّ رَدَدْنَاهُ اَسْفَلَ سَافِلِينَ اِلاَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَ عَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ1
We explain in ‘Five Points’ only five of the thousands of virtues of îmân.
Through the nûr of îmân, man rises to the A’lâ ‘Illiyyin; he acquires a value worthy of Jannah.2 And through the darkness of kufr, he descends to the asfal sâfilîn; he enters in a situation that will cause him to be from the people of Jahannam. For îmân relates man to his Sâni’ Zuljalâl. Îmân is a relation (intisâb). Since this is so, man acquires value through the art of Allah and embroideries of the Rabbânî Names which manifest on him through îmân. Kufr severs that relation. Due to that severance, the art of Ar-Rabb is concealed. His value even is only in terms of material. And since the material is a transitory, perishable and temporary animal life, its value is as nothing.
We shall explain this mystery by a comparison: For example, among men's arts, the value of the material and the value of the art differ. Sometimes they are equal, sometimes the material is more valuable, and sometimes it happens that five dollars of art is to be found in a material like iron worth five cents. Sometimes, rather, an antique work of art acquires a value of a million while its material does not worth five cents.
Thus, if such an antique work of art is taken to the antiques shop, and if it is exhibited by relating to its extremely old wondrous and skilful artist, and mentioning that artist, and with that art, it will be sold with the price of a million. If it is taken to the scrap-dealers, it may be bought with the price of five cents of iron.
Thus, man is such an antique art of Janâb-i Haqq and a most delicate and graceful miracle of His qoudrah that He has created man to be the place of manifestation for all His Names and the arena of their embroideries, and in the form of a miniature sample of the universe. If the nûr of îmân enters into him, all the meaningful embroideries on him are read by that light. That mu’min reads them by consciousness, and through that relation (intisâb) makes them read. That is, the Rabbânî art in man manifests through meanings like, "I am the work of art and creature of As-Sâni’ Zuljalâl. I am the place of manifestation for His rahmah and munificence.""3 This means that îmân, which consists of being related to one’s Sâni’, makes manifest all the works of art in man. The value of man is in accordance with that Rabbânî art and it is on account of being a mirror to As-Samad. In that case, on account of this, insignificant man becomes the addressee of Allah who is superior to all other creatures and a guest of Ar-Rabb worthy of Jannah.4
If kufr, which consists of the severance of the relation (intisâb), enters into man, then all those meaningful embroideries of the Ilahî Names fall into darkness and cannot be read. For if As-Sâni’ is forgotten, the ma’nawî aspects which look to As-Sâni’ cannot be comprehended. In fact, they fall head down. The majority of those meaningful elevated arts and ma’nawî elevated embroideries hide. The parts that remain and are seen with the eye extremely decline by being attributed to lowly causes, nature and random coincidence. While each of them is a brilliant diamond, they become dim glass. His importance concerns only the animal material being. And the aim and fruit of the material are — as we said — in a short life, although being the most impotent, needy and grieving of animals, it is only to live an insignificant life. Then it decays and goes off. Here in this way, kufr destroys the essence of man and transforms it from diamond into coal.5
Just as îmân is a nûr that illuminates man and makes all the letters of As-Samad written upon him read, so too it illuminates the universe and saves the past and the future from the darkness. We shall explain this mystery with a comparison I saw in an event, which concerns one mystery of the âyah اَللّٰهُ وَلِىُّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يُخْرِجُهُمْ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ اِلَى النُّورِ 6 . As follows:
In an imaginary event7 , I saw that there are two high mountains situated opposite one another... A dreadful bridge built on them... A valley of great depth, beneath the bridge... I was on that bridge. The world had been enveloped by a dense darkness which is dark all around... I looked to my right and saw a huge grave in an infinite darkness, that is, I imagined it. I looked to my left. It was as though I saw immense storms, difficulties and calamities are prepared amid terrifying waves of darkness. I looked beneath the bridge and imagined I saw an extremely deep abyss. I had a dim pocket torch in the face of this terrifying darkness. I used it and looked with its insufficient light. The most terrifying situation appeared to me. Such terrifying dragons, lions and monsters appeared even around and on the bridge in front of me that I said: “I wish I did not have this torch that I had not seen those dreads”. Wherever I turned it to, I saw such dreads. I said, "Oh! This torch is a trouble for me!", and I was mad at it, and cast that pocket torch to the ground and broke it. By its breaking, the darkness suddenly flowed away, as though I had touched the switch of a huge electric lamp that illuminates the world. Everywhere filled with the nûr of the lamp. It showed the haqiqah of everything. I saw that the bridge I had seen was an extremely well-ordered thoroughfare on the ground through a plain. And the huge grave that I had seen on my right, I perceived it was thoroughly beautiful verdant gardens and gatherings for ‘ibâdah, service, conversation and dhikr under the leadership of luminous men. And, the abysses and peaks on my left, which I had imagined to be stormy and tempestuous, I barely saw that they were an immense place for feasting, and a beautiful promenade and an elevated place of recreation behind adorned, lovable and charming mountains. And the creatures I had imagined to be terrifying monsters and dragons, I saw were familiar domestic animals like camels, oxen, sheep and goats. Saying, "Alhamdulillâhi ‘alâ nûri’l îmân," I recited the noble âyah, اَللّٰهُ وَلِىُّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يُخْرِجُهُمْ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ اِلَى النُّورِ8 and I awoke from that event.
Here, those two mountains, the beginning and end of life... that is, the ‘âlam named earth and al-‘âlam al-barzakh. As for the bridge, it is the road of life. As for the right side, it is the past. As for the left side, it is the future. As for the pocket torch, it is the ananiyyah of man, which is selfish, relies on what it knows, and does not heed the samâwî wahy. As for the things imagined to be the monsters, they are the events and strange creatures of the ‘âlam. Thus, one who relies on his ananiyyah, who falls into the darkness of ghaflah and is subjected to the darkness of dhalâlah, resembles my first situation in that event which, through the deficient knowledge soiled with dhalâlah like that pocket torch, sees the past in the form of a huge grave and amid darkness soiled with non-existence. It shows the future to be an extremely stormy and dreadful place bound by random coincidence. And imparts that the events and beings, which each of are submissive officials of One Hakîm Who is Rahîm, to be monsters. It causes man to be a place of manifestation of the decree, وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا اَوْلِيَاؤُهُمُ 9 الطَّاغُوتُ يُخْرِجُونَهُمْ مِنَ النُّورِ اِلَى الظُّلُمَاتِ
If the hidâyah of Allah reaches him and îmân enters his heart, and if the nafs’ being a pharaoh is smashed and he heeds the book of Allah, he will resemble my second state in that event. Then, the universe suddenly takes the colour of the day and becomes filled with the nûr of Allah. The ‘âlam recites the âyah, اَللّٰهُ نُورُ السَّمٰوَاتِ وَاْلاَرْضِ 10
Then the past is not a huge grave, rather he sees with the eye of the heart that each century the groups of purified rûhs, who performed their duties of ‘ubûdiyyah under the leadership of a prophet or awliyâ, fly to exalted ranks and move to the future by saying "Allahu Akbar!" on completion of the duties of their lives. He looks to the left, and through the nûr of îmân distinguishes from a distance a feast of Ar-Rahmân set up in palaces of bliss in the gardens of Jannah, behind the mountainous revolutions of the barzakh and the âkhirah. And he knows that the events, like storms, earthquakes and plagues are all submissive officials. He sees that events like the storms of spring and rain are apparently harsh but in meaning are the means of many subtle hikmahs. He even sees death as the introduction to eternal life, and the grave as the door to eternal happiness. Compare the other aspects. Apply the haqiqah to the comparison!
Îmân is both nûr and strength. Yes, a man who acquires true îmân may challenge the universe and may be saved from the pressure of events according to the strength of his îmân.11 He says "Tawakkaltu ‘Âlallah," and travels in the ship of life amid the mountainous waves of events with complete safety. He entrusts all his loads to the Absolute Qadîr’s hand of qoudrah, passes through the world with ease and rests in the barzakh. Then he may fly to Jannah to enter eternal happiness. Otherwise, if he does not tawakkul, loads of the world rather will draw him to the asfal sâfilîn instead of flying. That is to say, îmân necessarily results in Tawhîd, Tawhîd necessarily results in submission (taslîm), submission necessarily results in tawakkul, and tawakkul necessarily results in happiness within both worlds. But do not misunderstand. Tawakkul is not a complete rejection of the causes. It is rather through conforming to causes by knowing that causes are veils to the hand of qoudrah and through accepting that attempting causes is a sort of du'â by action; it consists of asking for the effects only from Janâb-i Haqq, knowing that the results are from Him and being thankful to Him. 12
The example of the one who does tawakkul and the one who does not, resembles this story: Once two men loaded heavy burdens onto both their backs and heads, and buying tickets, got on a large ship. One of them left his load on the ship as soon as he got on and guarded it by sitting on it. The other, since he was both stupid and proud, did not put down his load. He was told: "Leave your heavy load on the ship and be comfortable," he said: "No, I will not leave it, it may be lost. I am strong, I will guard my property on my head and back." He was told again: "This reliable ship of Sultân which is carrying you and us is stronger, it protects much better. You may get giddy and fall into the sea together with your load. Also, you will gradually lose your strength. Your bent back and mindless head will have no power left for those loads that get heavier gradually. And if the Captain sees you in this situation, he will either expel you by saying that he is crazy, or he will order “he is a betrayer, he discredits our ship and ridicules us, put him in prison.” Also, you become a laughing-stock in front of everyone. For, through your conceit which shows weakness, and your pride which shows impotence and your pretence which shows abasement and riyâ in the eye of those who have careful consideration, you have made yourself a laughing-stock in the eyes of the people. Everyone is laughing at you." Whereupon that unfortunate man came to his senses. He put his load on the floor and sat on it. He said: "Ah! May Allah be pleased with you. I have been saved from the difficulty, prison and being a laughing-stock."
Thus, O man who does not tawakkul! You too come to your senses like that man and do tawakkul, so that you may be saved from begging before all universe, trembling before every event, being boastful and a laughing-stock, the misery in the âkhirah and the prison of the pressures of this world.
Îmân makes man into man. Rather, it makes man into a sultân. In which case, man's fundamental duty is îmân and du'â. Kufr makes man into an extremely impotent beast animal.
Out of thousands of proofs of this matter, only the differences in the ways animals and man come into the world are clear proofs and necessarily conclusive arguments for this matter..13
Yes, the differences in the ways man and animal come into the world show that humanity becomes humanity through îmân. Because, when animals come to the world, they come complete and perfect in all points according to their disposition as though they have been perfected in another ‘âlam; that is, they are sent. In either two hours or two days or two months, it learns all the conditions of its life, its relation with the universe and the laws of its life, and acquires mastery. An animal, like a sparrow and a bee, learns in twenty days the ability of life and the mastery of practice, which man acquires in twenty years; that is, the ilham is given to it. This means that the animal's fundamental duty is not to be perfected through learning, and it is not to progress by acquiring ma’rifat, and not to seek help and offer du'â through displaying its impotence. Rather, its duty is to work and act according to its disposition and it is ‘ubûdiyyah by action.
As for man, he is in need of learning everything when he comes into the world and is ignorant about the laws of life and cannot even completely learn the conditions of life in twenty years. Rather, he is in need of learning until the end of his life. Also, he is sent to the world in an extremely impotent and weak form, and can only rise to his feet in one or two years. In fifteen years, he barely distinguishes harm and benefit. With the assistance of mankind's life, he can barely procure benefits and avoid harm.
This means that the duty of man's fitrah is to be perfected through learning, and it is ‘ubûdiyyah through du'â. That is, it is to know: "Through whose compassion am I administered in this way with hikmah? Through whose generosity am I so kindly given tarbiyyah? Through favours of such a One am I so gracefully nurtured and administered?" It is to beseech, want and offer du'â to the One Who satisfies the wants of all, through the language of impotence and poverty for his needs that his hand cannot reach even one of the thousand. That is, it is to fly to the highest rank of ‘ubûdiyyah by the wings of impotence and poverty.
This means man came to this ‘âlam to be perfected by means of ‘ilm and du'â. Everything is tied to ‘ilm regarding the essence and disposition. And the foundation, source, nûr and rûh of all true ‘ilm is Ma’rifatullah, and its fundamental foundation is îmân in Allah.
Also, since man is subjected to infinite troubles and attacks of boundless enemies with his infinite impotence, and afflicted with infinite needs and is in need of infinite desires with his infinite poverty, after îmân, the fundamental duty of his fitrah is du'â. As for du'â, it is the foundation of ‘ubûdiyyah. Just as a child cries or asks in order to obtain his wish or desire that his hand cannot reach. That is, he offers a verbal or active du'â through the language of his impotence. He succeeds in his aim. In the same way, man is like a delicate, graceful and indulged child in the whole ‘âlam of living creatures. It is necessary to either cry through his weakness and impotence or offer du'â through his poverty and need at the court of Ar-Rahmân Ar-Rahîm so that his aims may be subjected to him, or he may offer shukr for their being made so. Otherwise, like a silly and idle child who makes a fuss over a fly, deviating to kufr an-ni’mah by saying: "With my strength, I subjugate these strange things that are not possible to be subjugated and thousand times more powerful than me, and I make them obey me through my ideas and administration" is contrary to man's fundamental fitrah. And he also makes himself deserve severe punishment. .
Just as îmân necessitates du'â as an absolute means and human fitrah desires it intensely, so does Janâb-i Haqq decree in meaning “What importance would you have if you did not have du'â?" قُلْ مَا يَعْبَؤُا بِكُمْ رَبِّى لَوْلاَ دُعَاؤُكُمْ He also commands16 اُدْعُونِى اَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ 17
If you say: “We many times offer du'â, they are not accepted. Whereas the âyah is general, it states that there is an answer for every du'â.”
The Answer: To answer is one thing, to accept is something different. Every du'â is answered, but to accept it and to give exactly what was sought for are dependent on the hikmah of Janâb-i Haqq. For example, a sick child calls out: "O, Doctor! Look at me." The doctor says: “Labbayk ”; replies “What do you want?” The child says: "Give me that medicine!". The doctor gives him exactly what he asks for, or something better in consequence of his benefit, or knowing it is harmful to his illness, he does not give anything.
Thus, since Janâb-i Haqq, The Absolute Hakîm is all-present and all-seeing, He answers the du'â of the ‘abd. He transforms the terror of wilderness and desolation into familiarity through His hudhur and answer. But not through man’s dictation which is a slave to his fancy and follows his desire, but rather through the requirements of Rabbânî hikmah, He gives either what he sought for or what is better than it or He does not give anything.
Also, du'â is an ‘ubûdiyyah. As for ‘ubûdiyyah, its fruits pertain to the âkhirah. The purposes pertaining to this world are the times of that sort of du'â and ‘ibâdah. Those purposes are not their intents. For example, the salâh and du'â for rain are an ‘ibâdah. Drought is the time of that ‘ibâdah. Indeed, the ‘ibâdah and du'â are not for bringing rain. If it is with that intention alone, the ‘ibâdah and du'â will not be worthy of being accepted since they were not sincere. Just as sunset is the time of the salâh al-maghrib. And the eclipse of the sun and moon are the times of two particular ‘ibâdahs which are called as-salâh al-kusuf and as-salâh al-khusuf. That is, since, with the veiling of luminous âyahs of the night and day, they become the means of proclamation of the grandeur of Allah, at those times, Janâb-i Haqq invites his ‘abds to a sort of ‘ibâdah. Indeed, those salâts are not to reveal the eclipse of the sun and moon. (Whose appearance and the length of its continuance are known by the calculation of astronomers.)
In just the same way, drought too is the time of salâh for rain. And the invasion of calamities and the attacks of harmful things are the appropriated times of certain du'âs; man understands his impotence at those times, and through du'â and supplication seeks refuge at the court of the Absolute Qadîr.19 If calamities are not repelled despite the du'âs offered many times, it should not be said that“The du’â was not accepted.” It should rather be said that “The time of the du'â did not become qadha20 .” If through His fadl and munificence Janâb-i Haqq removes the calamity, nûr upon nûr, at that time, the time of du'â will over and it will be qadha. This means du'â is a mystery of ‘ubûdiyyah.
As for ‘ubûdiyyah, it should be sincerely for Allah's sake. Only through displaying his impotence, one should seek refuge in Him with du'â. He should not interfere in His rubûbiyyah. He should leave the administration to Him and trust His hikmah and should not accuse His rahmah.
Indeed, in point of haqiqah, what is established by the exposition of the manifest ayahs is that just as all beings, each of them offers an appropriated tasbîh, performs a particular ‘ibâdah and a special sajda, it is a du'â which rises to the Court of Allah from all universe.
This is either through the language of disposition. (Like the du'âs of all plants, each of them desires a form from the Absolute Fayyadh through the language of its disposition and requests to be an unfolded place of manifestation to His Names.)
Or it is through the language of the need of fitrah. (These are the du'âs offered by all living beings for their necessary needs that are beyond their power to obtain. Through such a language of the need of fitrah, each of them requests certain wishes for the continuance of their lives like a sort of rizq from the Absolute Jawwâd.)
Or it is a du'â through the language of sheer necessity (Through absolutely taking refuge, each helpless being with rûh offers du'â; it seeks refuge with an unknown protector, indeed, they turn to their Rabb, Who is Rahîm.) If there is nothing to prevent it, these three sorts of du'âs are always accepted.
The fourth sort is the most well-known; it is our du'â. This, too, is of two sorts: one is through action and being, and the other is through the heart and with words. For example undertaking causes is a du'â by action. Gathering causes together is not for creating the effect but rather to take up an acceptable position in order to seek the effect from Janâb-i Haqq through the language of being. Ploughing even is to knock on the door of the treasury of rahmah. Since this sort of du'â by action is inclined toward the Name and title of the Absolute Jawwâd, it is accepted by the great majority.
The fourth sort, the most well-known, is our du'â. This too is of two sorts: one is through action and being, and the other, through the heart and with words.
For example, attempting causes is a du'â by action. Gathering the causes together is not for creating the effect but rather to take up an acceptable position in order to seek the effect from Janâb-i Haqq through the language of being. To plough is knocking on the door of the treasury of rahmah. Since this sort of du'â by action is inclined toward the Name and title of the Absolute Jawwâd, it is accepted by the great majority. The second sort is to offer du'â through the tongue and heart. It is to seek the wishes that one’s hand cannot reach. The most important aspect, the most beautiful aim, the sweetest fruit of it is this: "The man who offers du'â understands that there is Someone, Who hears the thoughts, feelings and content of his heart, Whose hand can reach everything, Who can carry through each of his wishes, Who shows mercy on his impotence and aids his poverty."
Thus, O impotent man and O poor mankind! Do not abandon a means like du'â, which is the key to the treasury of rahmah and the source of inexhaustible strength! Adhere to it and rise to the ‘A’lâ ‘Illiyyin of humanity! Like a sultân, include the du'âs of all universe in your du'â! Say, اِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ 21 ,like a universal ‘abd and general representative! Be a beautiful form of the universe!
1 (Indeed, We have created man on the Ahsan Taqwîm, Then sent him down to the asfal sâfilîn, Except those who have îmân and perform ‘amal as-sâlih.)
2 “Îmân is a nûr produced by affirming in detail all the dharûriyyah of religion brought by Ar-Rasûl Al-Akram ‘Alayhissalâtu Wassalâm and the rest in general.” Signs of Miraculousness ( 49 )
“Know too that as expounded by Sa'd al-Din al-Taftâzâni," îmân is a nûr that Allah Taâ’lâ instils instantaneously in the hearts of those of His ‘abds that He wishes - that is after they have used their juz’ al-ikhtiyârî. Yes, îmân is a nûr for the human conscience, a ray from the Pre-Eternal Sun, that suddenly bathes in nûr the conscience's malakût. It affords it a feeling of familiarity with all the universe and establishes relations between it and all things. It imparts such ma’nawî strength to a person's heart that he can overcome all the events and misfortunes that beset him. It affords him such breadth he can endure the past and the future. Yes, as îmân is a ray from the Pre-Eternal Sun, so it is a flash of eternal happiness, that is, of the resurrection of the dead. Through the light it emits, the seeds of man's hopes sprout, and the potentialities lodged in his conscience start to grow and to stretch out towards eternity, and the seeds of his potentialities are transformed into a Tree of Tuba.” Signs of Miraculousness ( 50 )
3 O Rab! When a man knocks on the door of a grand palace and it is not opened to him, he knocks on it and calls out in the voice of someone who is familiar to the palace, so that it may be opened. And so this wretched one knocks on the door of the Court of Your Rahmah crying out in the voice of Your well-loved ‘abd Uways al-Qarâni and with his munâjât. Open that Court of Yours to me, as you opened it to him! I cry out as he did: The Words ( 682 )
اِلٰهِى اَنْتَ رَبِّى وَاَنَا الْعَبْدُ.... وَاَنْتَ الْخَالِقُ وَاَنَا الْمَخْلُوقُ
وَاَنْتَ الرَّزَّاقُ وَاَنَا الْمَرْزُوقُ.... وَاَنْتَ الْمَالِكُ وَاَنَا الْمَمْلُوكُ
وَاَنْتَ الْعَزِيزُ وَاَنَا الذَّلِيلُ.... وَاَنْتَ الْغَنِّىُ وَاَنَا الْفَقِيرُ
وَاَنْتَ الْبَاقِى وَاَنَا الْفَانِى…وَاَنْتَ الْمُجِيبُ وَاَنَا الدَّاعِى
“Ya Ilahanâ! You are our Rabb, for we are ‘abds; we are powerless to tarbiyyah our nafs. That is to say, the One who does tarbiyyah us is You! And it is You who is Al-Khâliq, for we are creatures, we are being made! And it is You who is Ar-Razzâq, for we are in need of rizq, we have no power! That is to say, the One who creates us and bestows on us our rizq is You! And it is You who is Al-Mâlik because we are totally owned property; someone other than us has the power of disposal over us. That is to say, it is You who is our Mâlik! And You, You are ‘Aziz! You possess grandeur and sublimity! As for us we look to our baseness and see that on us are manifestations of a mightiness. That is to say, we are mirrors to Your mightiness! And it is You who is Absolute Ghanî because we are indigent and riches are bestowed on us that our indigent hands could not obtain. That is to say, it is You who is rich, the One who gives is You! And You, You are Hayy Who is Bâqî because we, we are dying, and in our dying and in our being resurrected we see the manifestation of a perpetual giver of life! Yes, You, You are Bâqî because we see Your continuation and perpetualness in our transience and perishment! And the One who responds to us and answers us, the Granter of Gifts is You. For all of us beings, we are ever crying out and requesting, entreating, imploring by tongue and by state. And our desires are brought about, our aims are achieved. In other words, the One who answers us is You!...” And so on.” The Letters ( 286 )
4 “Furthermore, there is the well-known meaning of hamd: the display of the attributes of Kamâl (perfection).
How this is achieved: Allah Subhânahu created man and made him a comprehensive summary of the universe and an index of the book of the ‘âlam, which comprises eighteen thousand ‘âlam, and lodged in his essence a sample from each, in which is manifested one of the Names of Taâ’lâ. If man spends all of what is bestowed on him in the way of that for which they were created, for the purpose of performing shukr al-‘urfî which is a sort of hamd, and obeying the Sharî’ah which removes the rust of nature, each of those samples opens a mishkât (*) and a window to the ‘âlam which they belong to, and becomes a mirror to the attribute that manifests in that ‘âlam and the Name which manifests there. In this way, with both rûh and material, man becomes a summary of al-‘âlam ash-shahâdah and al-‘âlam al-ghayb, and manifests what is manifested on them. Through offering hamd man becomes a place of manifestation for the Ilahî attributes of Kamâl. This is implied by what Muhyi al-Din al-'Arabi said in explanation of the Hadith:كُنْتُ كَنْزًا مَخْفِيًّا فَخَلَقْتُ الْخَلْقَ لِيَعْرِفُونِى (I was a hidden treasure, so I created creation that they may know Me.) That is, I created creation to be a mirror in which I might observe My Jamâl (beauty).” Signs of Miraculousness (*) A place where a lamp is specially placed
5 “a person among the people of Jannah, especially if he performed ‘ubûdiyyah with all his senses and ma’nawî faculties, and earned the rights for the pleasures of Jannah - Ilahî Rahmah will cloth him and his houris by a sort of garment which will show all the varieties of the beauties of Jannah, so as to gratify all his senses, please all his members, and delight all of his subtle faculties.
Evidence that those numerous garments will not all be of the same kind and of the same sort is the Hadith, the meaning of which is this: "Although the houris wear seventy garments, the marrow in their legs are visible, they do not cover." That is to say, from the top garment to the one innermost, there are degrees gratifying and delighting all the feelings and senses with different beauties in different ways.
As for the people of Jahannam, since they committed sins in the world with their eyes, their ears, their hearts, their hands and their minds and so on... with all of their members; certainly it does not seem to be contrary to hikmah and justice to be clothed with a garment made up of various different pieces that will be like a small Jahannam, and will cause them torment and pain in accordance with their sins in Jahannam.” The Twenty-Eighth Letter/The Eighth Matter Which is The Eighth Risale/The Fourth Subtle Point
7 [Wâqi’ah khayâliyyah: An event in a ma’nawî ‘âlam, which is entered with the faculty of imagination.(Tr.)]
8 (Allah is the Protector of those who believe; He leads them out of darkness into nûr.)
11 “At a time when, together with the infinite impotence in my fitrah, in my old age, exile, aloneness and isolation, ahl ad-dunyâ were attacking me with their spies and wiles, I told my heart: "Armies are attacking a single man whose hands are tied, is ill and weak. Is there not something for me a point of support to rely on?" I had recourse to the âyah حَسْبُنَا اللّٰهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ That âyah informed me of the following:
Through the document of the relation (intisâb) of îmân, you may relate to such a Sultân, Who is Absolute Qadîr, together with equipping every spring in perfect order all the plant and animal armies on the face of the earth composed of four hundred thousand different nations, He places all the sustenance of those huge armies of foremost man and of all the animals in the Rahmânî extracts called seeds and grains, which are like the meat, sugar and other food extracts discovered recently by the people of civilization but a hundred times more perfect, He folds up and entrusts inside those extracts the instructions of Qadar concerning their cooking and development, and places them in the tiny coffers for protection. The creation of those tiny coffers is with such speed, ease and abundance from the 'Kaf. Nûn' factory, which is governed by the command of "Kun!" (Be), that the Qur'an states: "Al-Khâliq commands and it comes into being." Since you can find a point of support such as this through the passport of the relation of îmân, you can rely on an infinite strength and Qoudrah. As I took this lesson of mine from the âyah, I found such a ma’nawî strength that with all my rûh I declared حَسْبُنَا اللّٰهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ through feeling a strength of îmân which could have challenged not only my present enemies but the whole world.” The Twenty-Sixth Flash/14th Hope
12 “Gathering causes together is a du'â for the creation of the effect. That is to say, the causes take a position that such position becomes a language of being; they offer du'â for the effect and seek it from Al-Qadîr Zuljalâl. For example, by taking a position around a seed — such position is a language of du'â — water, heat, earth and light say: "O Our Khâliq, make this seed a tree!" For the tree, which is a wonderful miracle of Qoudrah, cannot be attributed to those unconscious, lifeless, simple substances; it is impossible to attribute it to them. That is to say, gathering causes together is a sort of du'â.” The First Addendum to the Twenty-Fourth Letter- The First Subtle Point
“For example undertaking causes is a du'â by action. Gathering causes together is not for creating the effect but rather to take up an acceptable position in order to seek the effect from Janâb-i Haqq through the language of being. Ploughing even is to knock on the door of the treasury of rahmah. Since this sort of du'â by action is inclined toward the Name and title of the Absolute Jawwâd, it is accepted by the great majority.”
13 “together with being physically small, weak, and powerless, and being one of the animals, man bears within him an exalted rûh, and has vast potentiality, unrestricted desires, infinite hopes, uncountable ideas, and unlimited powers, and he has a fitrah so strange he is as though an index of all the species and all ‘âlams. As for ‘ibâdah, it expands his rûh and raises his value; it causes his abilities to unfold and develop, allowing him to become worthy of eternal happiness. ‘Ibâdah is also a means of rectifying and purifying his inclinations, and of realizing his hopes and making them fruitful, and of marshalling his ideas and setting them in order, and also of reining in and limiting his powers. ‘Ibâdah also removes the rust of nature from his members, physical and ma’nawî, each of which when transparent is like a window onto his private ‘âlam and that of humankind. Also, when performed with both conscience and mind and heart and body, ‘ibâdah raises man to the dignity of which he is worthy and to his appointed perfection. It is a subtle, elevated relation, an illustrious lofty connection between the ‘abd and Ma’bûd. This relation constitutes the utmost degree of human perfection.” Signs of Miraculousness (163)
14 بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَاْلاِنْسَ اِلاَّ لِيَعْبُدُونِ
According to the mystery of this mighty âyah, the purpose and hikmah of human being sent to this world is recognizing Al-Khâliq of the universe and îmân (believing) in Him and performing ‘ibâdah to Him. Man’s duty of fitrah and the fardh incumbent upon him are Ma’rifatullah and îmân in Allah, to assent to His Being (wujûd) and wahdah by idh'ân and perfect certainty.
For man, who by fitrah desires living eternally and permanent life, who has unlimited hopes and boundless afflictions, any object or attainment must be regarded as lowly for man other than îmân in Allah, Ma’rifatullah and the means for attaining these, which are the fundament and key of eternal life. Indeed most of them have no value.” The Seventh Ray-Introduction
15 “Yes, because of their impotence and their abundant enemies, humankind are in need of a point of support to which they can refuge to repulse those enemies. Likewise, because of the abundance of their needs and their extreme poverty, they need a point of assistance from which they may seek help, so that through it they may meet their needs.” The Rays (651)
“By fitrah man is extremely weak. Whereas, everything besets, grieves and saddens him. He is also extremely impotent. Whereas, his calamities and enemies are numberless. Also, he is extremely poor. Whereas, his needs are abundant. Also, he is lazy and powerless. Whereas the responsibilities of life are extremely burdensome. Also, being human has connected him to the universe. Whereas, the fade and separation of the things he loves and with which he is familiar continually hurt him. Also, the mind shows him exalted aims and eternal fruits. Whereas his hand is short, his life is short, his power is short, his patience is short.” The Ninth Word-Fifth Subtle Point
“Al-Fâtir Who is Hakîm has included in man's ma’nawî essence an infinitely vast impotence and boundlessly huge poverty, so that he can be an extensive mirror containing the innumerable manifestations of a Qadîr Who is Rahîm Whose qoudrah is infinite, a Ghanî Who is Karîm Whose wealth is boundless.” The Words (330)
16 (Call on Me and I will answer you.)
17 “O man! You have an irâdah known as the juz’ al-ikhtiyârî which is extremely weak, but whose hand in evil acts and destruction is extremely long and in good deeds is extremely short. Give one of the hands of that irâdah of yours to du'â, so that it may reach Jannah, which is a fruit of the chain of good deeds, and stretch to eternal happiness which is a flower of Jannah. And give its other hand to the istighfâr, so that it may be short for evil deeds and will not reach the Zakkum-tree of Jahannam, which is one fruit of that accursed tree. That is, just as du'â and tawakkul greatly strengthen the inclination to khayr, so the istighfâr and tawbah cut the inclination to sharr, putting an end to its transgressions.” The Words (483)
“It might even be said that the cause of the existence of al-‘âlam al-baqâ and eternal Jannah is the strong desire for eternity and the fıtrî, general du'â for eternity which arise from that intense ‘ashq of eternity in the essence of man. Al-Bâqî Zuljalâl accepted that intense, unshakeable, fıtrî desire and that powerful, effective, general du'â and He consequently created an eternal ‘âlam for transient man. Is it at all possible that through creating innumerable sorts of delicious foods, Al-Fâtir Who is Karîm, Al-Khâliq Who is Rahîm would accept the insignificant wish of a tiny stomach and its du'â through the language of its being for a temporary eternity, and would not accept the intense desire of all mankind, which arises from a great fıtrî need, and mankind's universal, constant, rightful, just, true and utmost intense du'â for eternity, which is offered through word and state? Hâsha!, a hundred thousand times Hâsha! It is not possible that is not to be accepted. It would not appear plausible with His hikmah, justice, rahmah and qoudrah.” The Third Flash-2nd Subtle Point
18 [(I answer) twice to thy summons! With alacrity and pleasure!)]
19 “illness makes a person perceive his impotence and weakness. Through the tongue of such impotence and weakness, it causes him to offer du'â verbally and by his being. Janâb-i Haqq gave to man a boundless impotence and infinite weakness so that he would perpetually seek refuge at the court of Allah, beseech and offer du'â. According to the mystery of the âyah, قُلْ مَا يَعْبَؤُا بِكُمْ رَبِّى لَوْلاَ دُعَاؤُكُم that is, “What importance would you have if you did not have du'â?", the hikmah of man's creation and the reason of his value is sincere du'â and supplication. Since one cause of them is the illness, from this point of view, it should not be complained about but should be offered shukr to Allah, and the fountain of du'â, which illness opened, should not be closed by regaining health.” The Twenty-Fifth Flash-Twelfth Flash
“Hazrat Ayyûb ‘Alayhissalâm did not offer du'â in his munâjât for the comfort of his nafs but rather sought cure (shifa) for the purpose of ‘ubûdiyyah when the disease was preventing the dhikr of the tongue and the tafakkur of heart. Through that munâjât, we should make our primary intent, the healing (shifa) of the ma’nawî wounds which pertaining rûh, that arise from sins.
As far as physical diseases are concerned, we may seek refuge from them when they hinder our ‘ubûdiyyah. But we should seek refuge in a humble and supplicating fashion, not protestingly and plaintively. If we accept His rubûbiyyah, then we must accept too all that He gives us in the point of His rubûbiyyah. To sigh and complain in a manner implying objection to Qadar and Qadhâ’ is a kind of criticism of Qadar, an accusing of His rahîmiyyah. The one who criticizes Qadar strikes his head against the anvil and breaks it. Whoever accuses rahmah will be deprived of it. To use a broken hand to exact revenge will only cause further damage to the hand. So too a man who, afflicted with calamity, responds to it with protesting complaint and anxiety, is only compounding his calamity.” The Second Flash-5th Subtle Point
20 [Performing subsequently an ‘ibâdah or religious duty that is omitted in the appointed time.(Tr.)]
21 (From You alone do we seek help)