Divine Epiphany

“And in yourself, do you not see?”
The manifestation of His Power and Mercy.
His Subtle and Gentle Acts in each moment. In the dark depths of your b11781806_10153545229314337_6284890264327353590_nody, every cell and atom proclaiming His Oneness & Unity.

What has diverted you from this Generous King? What is there that can veil Him such that you don’t see? Is it the veil of heedlessness and familiarity? Quick, render them and ascend the degrees of certainty!

In each breath What He Willed is engendered, in each moment the known in eternity manifested. Under your nose and in the farthest galaxies. Everything is new and fresh from fixity. Obeying His Command to Be! & lo and behold each becomes a locus for His Beauty and Majesty.

The Forgotten Sunan – Translation of Ihyā As-Sunan Al-Mahjūrah by Al-Habib Sa’ad Al-‘Aydarus rahimahullah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين

اللّهمّ صلّ على سيدّنا و حبيْبنا وشفيْعنا رسوْل الله محمّد ابْن عبْد الله و آله و صحْبه و سلّم

“The religion began as (something) strange and it shall return to be strange as it has begun, glad tidings for the strange ones who revive that which the people has made dead from my Sunnah”

“Whoever revives my sunnah at the time of corruption of my ummah, for him is the reward of a hundred martyrs.”

Chapter 1

Sunan related to the siwāk,

1-      Using it upon entering the mosque (al-Bājūrī, (1/84, Chapter on Using of Siwāk)

2-      Using it upon exiting the mosque (Al-Bājūrī 1/84)

3-      Using the siwāk upon entering the house (from the ḥadith of `Āishah raḍiyaAllāhu `anhā that he ﷺ “When he entered his house, he begins with siwāk” narrated by Muslim beginning of the Chapter on Siwāk.)

4-      Using the siwāk upon exiting the house. (Al-Bājūrī 1/81)

5-      Using the siwāk before calling to prayer adzān. (the scholars took this from the ḥadīth, “Your mouths are the pathways of Qurān, therefore purify it with siwāk”

6-      Using the siwāk before circles of knowledge and divine remembrance. (Al-Bājūrī 1/81)

7-      Using the siwāk before sleep at night and in the day and it is more strongly encouraged at night. (Al-Bājūrī 1/84)

8-      Using the siwāk upon getting up at night for prayer and it is strongly encouraged towards the end of the night. (Al-Bājūrī 1/84)

9-      Using the siwāk before tayammum i.e. (dry ablution)

10-   Using the siwāk during hunger and thirst. (Al-Bājūrī 1/84)

11-   Using the siwāk before giving the Friday sermon. (Al-Bājūrī 1/84)

12-   Using the siwāk before spousal intimacy. (Al-Munāwī said in Fayḍ Al-Qadīr  on the ḥadīth of As-Sayyidah `Āishah raḍiyaAllāhu `anhā,  that he ﷺ would begin with siwāk upon entering the house (to give salām upon his family and to fragrant his breath for kissing his family and engage in intimate relations with them.)

13-   Using the siwāk before iqāmah.

14-   Using the siwāk after the witr prayer (Al-Bājūrī 1/84)

15-   Using the siwāk before eating and after it. (Al-Bājūrī 1/84)

16-   Using the siwāk during ritual bath be it the obligatory, recommended or permissible one. (Bushrā Al-Karīm 1/14)

17-   Using the siwāk before attending gatherings with friends.  (Al-Bājūrī 1/84)

18-   Using the siwāk before entering the Ka`bah. (Al-Bājūrī 1/84)

19-   To make intention during Siwāk (Actions are by their intentions)

20-   To recite the dua before siwāk  (Al-Bājūrī 1/46)

(( اللهم بَيِّضْ بِهِ أَسْنَانِي، وَشُدَّ بِهِ لِثَاتِي، وَثَبِّتْ بِهِ لَهَاتِي، وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ))

“O Allāh, whiten by it my teeth, strengthen by it my gums, make firm by it my uvula, bless me by it, Ya Arhamar Rāhimīn”

 

21-   It is recommended to Siwāk lengthwise on the tongue and horizontally on the teeth and one should not place it on the ground

22-   It is recommended to place it behind the left ear. (Bushrā Al-Karīm 1/43, ḥadīth in Abī Dāwūd, Chapter on Siwāk, “The siwāk (was placed) on the ear of the Prophet ﷺ (similar to) the position of the pen on the ear of the writer)

May Allah accept this deed and may it be a means of pleasing the heart of the Beloved Messenger of Allah ﷺ

Al-Faqir Al-Haqir Muhammad Hamdan Bin Rahmat

To be continued in sha Allah

Al-Imam Ash-Sha’rani and His Teacher Al-Khawwas Part 1

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم اللّهمّ صلّ على سيدّنا و حبيْبنا وشفيْعنا محمّد ابْن عبْد الله و آله و صحْبه و سلّم

Excerpt from the Muqaddimah of al-Anwar al-Qudusiyya fi Ma’rifa al-Qawa’id al-Sufiyya

After that Allah proclaimed for him the spiritual opening and united him (Ash-Sha’rani) with al-Khawwas. Al-Khawwas was his mi’raj and his ladder by which he ascend to the doors of spiritual openings and heavens of bestowals and realms of light and inspirations. Their relationship is the manifest sign of the status of the Shaykh in the Path. It is the greatest sign of the status of divinely bestowed knowledge (العِلْم اللَّدنِّي) for al-Khawwas was unlettered while ash-Sha’rani was a scholar. But that was the external judgement, while the internal judgment says that al-Khawwas was the scholar while ash-Sha’rani was the unlettered one.

Ash-Sha’rani said: From the favours of Allah upon himself (ash-Sha’rani) was that his arrival and opening (in gnosis) was at the hands of an unlettered man who neither knew writing nor reading. He added in describing this unlettered man:

“A man who is totally hidden such that almost no one knew of his sainthood and knowledge except for the practicing scholars, for he is indeed a perfect man to us without any doubt! The perfect one is he whom when he reaches the station of the perfect men in knowledge of Allah (العرفان), he becomes a stranger in all the worlds.”

Ash-Sha’rani narrates to us his delightful spiritual experience of his arrival unto the ascending paths of divine illuminations at the hands of his Shaykh and the oceans of knowledge of his master :

My spiritual struggles at the hands of my master ‘Ali al-Khawwas were many and of various types. Amongst them, he would order me in the beginning to sell away all my books and to give away the money in charity, which I did. Those were precious books which could be sold for a high price. So I sold them and gave away the sales in charity but I became anguished at having to part with them as I had put much effort and had added notes and comments in them. It reached a point as if I was completely robbed of my knowledge. (At that time) he (al-Khawwas) said to me, “Strive to cut off your (heart’s) turning back (out of attachment) to them (the books) by much remembrance of Allah Exalted is He. Indeed they say, “One who turns back, does not arrive”. Thus, I strove in cutting off my attachment to them till I managed to free myself and praise be to Allah for that.

To be continued ان شاء الله

Solitude in Crowd, the Beginning

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While he chatted, laughed, ate, drank with them,
and they see him amongst them, his heart is not with them
his heart has fallen silent as it witnesses the Power,Majesty, Glory, Mystery, Beauty of his Lord by the light of his Lord. The pumping of their hearts and his, the body erect with life, the light by which he sees them and they see him. The love that is thrown into their hearts by none other than the Lord Himself. Silently he thanks the Lord by the inspiration of Lord, the Sustainer. They see a smile carved on his face but they knew not from where it came.

Thankfulness

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Peace and blessings be upon our noble Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. and his progeny and companions.

Have we ever painfully select Oxygen from other gases in our lungs, then distribute it to every cell in our body? Then carefully extract the carbon dioxide from every cell, transport it to the lungs to be exhaled?,

Nope, we merely indulge in the pleasure and blessing of taking in clean air.

Have we ever repaired a cell in our body? Maintain it? Protected it from harm?
Have we ever took the pain to digest our own food? Extract the nutrients from it? Made sure it goes into the blood and is distributed to the proper parts of the body? Every single time we eat? Nope, we merely indulge in the pleasure of eating.

How much effort does it take to see?
Did we go through pain to learn to see?
No, we just merely open our eyes by His Will every day and we get clear vision of the world around us. Did we make sure the photons from objects reach our eyes and took measure of its frequency and interpret them into colours? Nope, We merely indulge in the blessing of vision.
Our eyes, the most sophisticated visual instrument that can never be duplicated by man. It can zoom out to distant objects and zoom in to near objects at the speed of thought!

Do we own ourselves then? Surely this body is not ours for not a single moment in our life do we maintain it, but it is lent to us from One Who is Exalted, Intelligent, Loving, Extremely Powerful yet Subtle and Gentle. All Praises be to the Lord of the Worlds.

“Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding.
Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], “Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You [above such a thing]; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire.”

(Surah Ali-Imran 190-191)

When this verse was revealed, the Prophet pbuh. cried and stood for prayer for so long in the night till Bilal came to him to call him to the morning prayer. Our lady ‘Aisha then asked him, “What makes you weep when God has forgiven your sins past and present?” He pbuh. replied, “Should I not be a thankful servant?” Why should I not weep when God has revealed to me,” (the above verse)”

Thus we see the Prophet pbuh. the most thankful servant of God, expressing his gratitude with optional devotions to such an extent. Such is his love and gratitude to God. All good deeds are done on the basis of gratitude and love for God and this very basis makes the deed sweet.

When Imam Junayd al-Baghdadi was seven he was asked by his saintly uncle As-Sari about thankfulness and he said, “Thankfulness is that one not disobey God using the blessing (He has given).” We have mentioned many blessings of God in the beginning. They include our faculties and senses which we often use to disobey God. Thus we should continuously aspire and strive to not use these blessings and others in disobedience to God when we are already doing too little non-obligatory devotions.

In every moment there is a blessing to thank for. Our every breath is a blessing/a gift from God which we should use in a way that can make us attain His Good Pleasure. Every step we took and achieved in becoming better people are all thanks to Him, His guidance. Thus we thank Him for every step closer that we draw near to Him instead of applauding ourselves so that He may increase us in guidance, blessings, knowledge etc.. God Most High says, “If you are thankful, I will give you increase” (14:7)

God gave us parents, teachers and guides so that we may learn to be thankful and be grateful to His creatures. We learn how to appreciate them, not to disrespect and hurt them because in the first place we simply can’t repay their kindness. If we can’t respect the platoon commander how are we going to respect and honour the General of the army?

Back to that point about the fact that there is always something to thank for in every moment. This applies even in the event of adversity and calamity for surely there is good in all that happens. The shakir (thankful one) is he who is thankful for what is, and the very thankful one, shakur is he who is thankful for what is not. The shakir is thankful for a gift, the shakur is thankful for a rejection. The shakir is thankful for blessings, the shakur is thankful for adversity. This is probably as adversity removes attachment and love for the world in the heart and makes the heart easier attached to Divine remembrance. Shouldn’t it be then something we should be thankful for?

Thankfulness is recognizing one’s inability to be thankful. One sees that the act of giving thanks is from God’s enabling and thanks God for that and eventually realises that one has no capacity to give thanks.

The one who is immersed or absorbed in love/Presence of God is described in the words of ash-Shibli, “Thankfulness is awareness of the Giver of Blessings, not of the blessings.”

And God Knows best, and He grants success!

References :
Al-Qushayri’s Principles of Sufism