Reply to Shakir on Qidam: Earth

Salaam

Shakir had asked:

2. What could be the wisdom to place us in this marvelous planet earth? We could still be staying in Qidam, loving Allah or other than Allah being in there! Why this short life span upon this planet?

 

Shakir the answer to this question is right on your body: hold your arms out! These are the arms/hands of a predator, focused on with two frontal looking eyes again suitable for predation. We are born to be killers:

 

2:30 AND LO!  Thy Sustainer said unto the angels: “Behold, I am about to establish upon earth one who shall inherit it.”They said: “Wilt Thou place on it such as will spread corruption thereon and shed blood

وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلاَئِكَةِ إِنِّي جَاعِلٌ فِي الأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً قَالُواْ أَتَجْعَلُ فِيهَا مَن يُفْسِدُ فِيهَا وَيَسْفِكُ الدِّمَاء

 

Therefore we are placed here on this earth to decay to evanesce, so all that is NOT-YOU shall decay i.e. carnal parts of the body and corrupted mental proclivities to evil:

55:26 All that lives on her (Earth) is evanescent

كُلُّ مَنْ عَلَيْهَا فَانٍ

For that matter why the life on this earth is so short; we cocoon here twice; once in mother’s womb, and once in our graves to pass twice through the singularity of death, to finally appear in the other realm so that all that was NOT-YOU is left behind on this planet! What passes through the singularity of death is then only YOU, the spiritual ancient phototropic being from the habitat of Qidam.

 

 

 

 

Reply to Shakir on Qidam

Salaam Shakir

You wrote earlier:

1 . Are we going back to Qidam again?
In other words , are Qidam, Akhirah, Azal the same terms?

Per Nasafi’s writings, there are only 2 realms, spiritual realm (Malakut) and this world (Mulk). Qidam, Akhirah, Azal are the same, however the way we voyage causes discernment. Different people, different experiences might cause different views.

To understand their sameness we could rely on the grammar of the Qur’an to investigate :

This verse is about future, Akhira, the Hereafter, the other world, notice “Allah SAID to Jesus”, in past tense!

5:116 And Allah SAID: O Jesus, son of Mary! Did you say to men, `Worship me and my mother as deities beside God’?” [Jesus] answered: “Limitless art Thou in Thy glory! It would not have been possible for me to say what I had no right to [say]! Had I said this, Thou wouldst indeed have known it! Thou knowest all that is within myself, whereas I know not what is in Thy Self. Verily, it is Thou alone who fully knowest all the things that are beyond the reach of a created being’s perception.

وَإِذْ قَالَ اللّهُ يَا عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ أَأَنتَ قُلتَ لِلنَّاسِ اتَّخِذُونِي وَأُمِّيَ إِلَـهَيْنِ مِن دُونِ اللّهِ قَالَ سُبْحَانَكَ مَا يَكُونُ لِي أَنْ أَقُولَ مَا لَيْسَ لِي بِحَقٍّ إِن كُنتُ قُلْتُهُ فَقَدْ عَلِمْتَهُ تَعْلَمُ مَا فِي نَفْسِي وَلاَ أَعْلَمُ مَا فِي نَفْسِكَ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ عَلاَّمُ الْغُيُوبِ

Akhira and Qidam in past tense…

What does that mean? Past tense is free of potentialities, it is free of probabilities, it happened a certain way and finished that one way. Any realm free of potentiality and probability therefore has the texture of experience of past tense! Akhira has no potentialities, therefore it has the feel of past tense, while it is still the future for us now.

Dara

 

 

 

Most Beloved of Deeds

The Prophet was asked: What are the deeds most loved by Allah?

The Prophet replied: The most persistent, even if little!

Dara: There are people who think that praying all night is the right way to worship, and they do so for Ramadan or maybe a couple of more nights  here and there, and then they sleep all nights for the rest of the year. That is not a good form for deeds. It is better if you prayed a little but every night, a few minutes, Ramadan or not!

Some other people think that reading a lot of spiritual books is great deed, but it is not! Read a few words, yet understand and practice their truths and apply everyday, than read a lot of books without understanding and without practicing. Read one Hadith or one Aya, understand and practice, that is most loved by Allah, than memorizing the entire Qur’an and books of Hadith with little understanding and no deployment in daily life.

Some people think that fasting a lot is great, but it is better to eat lesser portions at each meal, avoid luxury foods that were obtained by warring and genocide of farmers abroad.

We all love to be the strongest the best the richest the most knowledgeable the most famous … the most this and the most that, but Allah does not love any of that. These are merely our desires, nothing of Allah’s love.

Instead Allah loves your deeds that are persistent and continual, should they be tiny deeds or insignificant in people’s judgement, but truly large for Allah.

 

فتح الباري، شرح صحيح البخاري، – للإمام ابن حجر العسقلاني
المجلد الحادي عشر >> كِتَاب الرِّقَاقِ >> باب الْقَصْدِ وَالْمُدَاوَمَةِ عَلَى الْعَمَلِ

الحديث: حَدَّثَنِي مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَرْعَرَةَ حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ عَنْ سَعْدِ بْنِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا أَنَّهَا قَالَتْ سُئِلَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَيُّ الْأَعْمَالِ أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ قَالَ أَدْوَمُهَا وَإِنْ قَلَّ وَقَالَ اكْلَفُوا مِنْ الْأَعْمَالِ مَا تُطِيقُونَ
الشرح: قوله (عن سعد بن إبراهيم) أي ابن عبد الرحمن بن عوف، وأبو سلمة شيخه هو عمه.

 

 

© 2015-2002,  Dara O Shayda

Qidam and Judeo-Christian views

Salaam to Shakir and Salaam to Everyone

It is of paramount importance to cognize that life is ancient! That term ancient in terminologies of Muslims and Sufis called Qidam or Qadim, one of the Divine Names and Attributes of Allah. In language of modern English we coin Qidam as Infinite-Past or Deep-Past.

Fundamentalists of Judeo-Christians view the time within the range of the Jewish calendar of about 7,000 years.

The most significant discovery of Darwin was the age of life: ranges in 100s of millions to even billions of years!

The fundamentalist Christians of his time could not accept Darwin’s theories and discoveries about life, due to their dogmatic view of Jewish calendar being about 7,000 years old. To them accepting Darwin’s theory and scientific evidence meant God was wrong. We hear that today from Right-wing Christians in USA and still amongst some Jews.

The most important pillar of Sufi metaphysics is that life is from infinite past! Humans originated from infinite past.

There are two ways of understanding scriptures:

  1. Interpretation: Scripture interprets the cosmos and life, the believers read the words of scriptures and try to match their meanings to the surrounding world and life. This leads to what we now know as Dark Ages which cloaked Europe for centuries.
  2. Ishara (Pointing): The cosmos and life interpret the words of scripture! The reversal is the enlightenment which Interpretation falls short providing.

I might add to the above that Interpretation without placing limits for the words in scriptures occludes the light and hence the dark times that befall the believers. Interpretation used in moderation is just fine, but limiting.

Therefore the most correct way I know of reading scripture e.g. Qur’an, per Qur’an’s own guidelines, is to use the cosmos and life within us to interpret the Divine Words:

41:53 In time We (Allah) shall make them fully understand Our Signs in the utmost horizons [of the universe] and within their own ­Selves, so that it will become clear unto them that this [revelation] is indeed the truth. [Still,] is it not enough [for them to know] that thy Sustainer is witness unto everything?

سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَتَّى يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ أَوَلَمْ يَكْفِ بِرَبِّكَ أَنَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ

Therefore let’s make Ishara i.e. use the cosmos and what we know of the life to point at the scripture’s words:

Given the life-time of radioactive Carbon and given the molecular commonality of genomes we can point at the words in scriptures that life is infinitely old, Human is from deep infinite past.

 

Equipped with the latter understanding we can now cognize the concept of Qidam i.e. the infinite past and history of Humanity in that infinite range of time or timeless-ness.

The latter is a fundamental area of research and understanding amongst the Sufis.

 

Dara

 

On Qidam again

Salaam Sayyidi and Salaam everyone

Two questions arised on Qidam again.

Given that each soul in presence of Divine made decision then and there in Qidam: To love Allah, or to love other-than-Allah. And given that this life is an investigation/projection of that primordial decision,

1 . Are we going back to Qidam again?
In other words , are Qidam, Akhirah, Azal the same terms?
2. What could be the wisdom to place us in this marvellous planet earth? We could still be staying in Qidam, loving Allah or other than Allah being in there! Why this short life span upon this planet?

supplication

salaams dear dara thank you for that beautiful exposition. so it begins with nur shining upon us allowing us to turn towards Him. so in essence that is supplication turning towards the source which is already the answer to the supplication.
unfortunately many of us worship out of fear that God will not answer our prayers .yet…….The provision is not diminished by disobedience, and also not increased by good deeds, yet the forsaking of supplication is a form of disobedience! said the Prophet………..

this completely changes the perspective. of worshipping out of fear that provisions will be diminished….a real pointer alhamdullilah

thanks again
sheila

Ma’rifa (Noesis) of Supplication: معرفة الدعاء

Ma’rifa 1.

When Allah wills to respond to a servant (hear a servant), gives him permission to make Du’a (Supplication) , said the Prophet.
كنز العمال – للمتقي الهندي
المجلد الثاني >> الإكمال من الباب الثامن الفصل الأول في فضل الدعاء والحث عليه

3156- إذا أراد الله أن يستجيب لعبد أذن له في الدعاء.
(الديلمي عن ابن عمر).

 

In other words due to unital nature of Tauhid (Divine Oneness) no mind or heart could ever fathom a supplication since the Oneness does not allow any other mind or intellect or spirit to near or to approach.

But Allah gives the servant the ability to make supplication; in other words the supplicant does not commence the supplication it is Allah who commences any and all supplications. Supplicant is secondary, though to our Nafs (Self) ambiguously seems that the Self is the supplicant commencing the supplication while Allah is secondary to respond.

 

Ishara 1.

A plant situated in darkness has no particular direction to direct its growth. Now shines the light, the plant grows and moves towards the light. Allah is the light and you are the plant in darkness, when you move towards the light i.e. in supplication, the light had shone first, you supplicate second!

It is absurd that plant in darkness could ignite any light! Similarly it is absurd that you are supplicating  in and of your Self, it was Allah who called upon you first, you reacted and that reaction formed the supplication. Supplications are byproducts of Allah fulfilling the servants.

For whom the supplication has commenced, (already) gates of fulfillment had had opened for, said the Prophet.
كنز العمال – للمتقي الهندي
المجلد الثاني >> الإكمال من الباب الثامن الفصل الأول في فضل الدعاء والحث عليه

3154- من فتح له من الدعاء منكم فتحت له أبواب الإجابة.
(ش عن ابن عمر).

 

supplication

 

Ma’rifa 2.

The provision is not diminished by disobedience, and also not increased by good deeds, yet the forsaking of supplication is a form of disobedience! said the Prophet.
الجامع الصغير. – لجلال الدين السيوطي
المجلد الثاني >> [تتمة باب حرف الألف]

1999- إن الرزق لا تنقصه المعصية، ولا تزيده الحسنة، وترك الدعاء معصية
[“ولا تزيده الحسنة”: أي بالنسبة لما في العلم القديم الأزلي]ـ
التخريج (مفصلا): الطبراني في الصغير عن أبي سعيد

 

Your provisions, length of life, happiness or sorrows, gain and loss, health and illness, are all Primordial Decisions set in Azal (Sempiternity), and this life an investigation of such infinite past decisions, like unto a motion picture enacting dramatizing a historical event.

The Prophet explains why sometimes the most criminal are the richest and most affluent, yet the most pious the poorest the weakest, not always true though, but explains that Nafs (Self) commands you to do good so you might get more rewards in terms of daily provisions, and that is not always true, most times false.

The Prophet continues with an advice to avoid being a hapless fatalist, that in spite of the said earlier claims the servant should be supplicating often.

 

Adab (Etiquette) of Supplication

You could easily derive the circumstances of life that are prerequisite for a properly performed supplication:

  1. Proper language to speak during the good times and hard times
  2. Attention to orphans in you community and nationwide in your country
  3. Urging to feed the people at difficult times
  4. Avoid hoarding other people’s inheritance e.g. family members, wealth of other nations by perpetual greed and warring
  5. Controlling one’s infatuations and emotions for accumulations (of all kinds)

89:15 BUT AS FOR man,  whenever his Sustainer tries him by His generosity and by letting him enjoy a life of ease, he says, “My Sustainer has been [justly] generous towards me”;

فَأَمَّا الْإِنسَانُ إِذَا مَا ابْتَلَاهُ رَبُّهُ فَأَكْرَمَهُ وَنَعَّمَهُ فَيَقُولُ رَبِّي أَكْرَمَنِ

 

89:16 whereas, whenever He tries him by straitening his means of livelihood, he says, “My Sustainer has disgraced me!”

وَأَمَّا إِذَا مَا ابْتَلَاهُ فَقَدَرَ عَلَيْهِ رِزْقَهُ فَيَقُولُ رَبِّي أَهَانَنِ

 

89:17 But nay, nay, [O men, consider all that you do and fail to do:] you are not generous towards the orphan,

كَلَّا بَل لَّا تُكْرِمُونَ الْيَتِيمَ

 

89:18 and you do not urge one another to feed the needy,

وَلَا تَحَاضُّونَ عَلَى طَعَامِ الْمِسْكِينِ

 

89:19 and you devour the inheritance [of others] with devouring greed,

وَتَأْكُلُونَ التُّرَاثَ أَكْلًا لَّمًّا

 

89:20 and you love wealth with boundless love!

وَتُحِبُّونَ الْمَالَ حُبًّا جَمًّا
الجامع الصغير.  – لجلال الدين السيوطي
المجلد الثاني >> [تتمة باب حرف الألف]

6. Silent supplication
الجامع الصغير.  – لجلال الدين السيوطي
المجلد الثاني >> [تتمة باب حرف الألف]

1250- أفضل الدعاء دعاء المرء لنفسه
التخريج (مفصلا): الحاكم في المستدرك عن عائشة

7. Additional supplications added for the Prophet and his family:

Supplication is veiled until adoration and peace sent for Muhammad and members of his household
الجامع الصغير – لجلال الدين السيوطي
المجلد الثالث >> فصل: في المحلى بأل من حرف الدال

4266 – الدعاء محجوب عن الله، حتى يصلى على محمد وأهل بيته
التخريج (مفصلا): أبو الشيخ <ابن حبان> عن علي

 

 

Long Supplications

41:51 And, too, when We bestow Our blessings upon man, he tends to turn aside and keep aloof [from remembering Us]; but as soon as evil fortune touches him, he is full of LENGTHY prayers!

وَإِذَا أَنْعَمْنَا عَلَى الْإِنسَانِ أَعْرَضَ وَنَأى بِجَانِبِهِ وَإِذَا مَسَّهُ الشَّرُّ فَذُو دُعَاء عَرِيضٍ

 

This is a problem, lack of Etiquette for Divine Presence and lack of manners during the supplications to be overly wordy and lengthy and yet just the day before we were aloof away from anything relating to Allah!

Improper conduct and behavior to remember Allah only when in need or in fear.

 

Short Supplications

Best supplication is short supplication:

Most excellent supplication is Al-Hamd-u Li-Llah-i (All perpetual praise and adoration for Allah), said the Prophet.
الجامع الصغير.  – لجلال الدين السيوطي
المجلد الثاني >> [تتمة باب حرف الألف]

1253- أفضل الذكر لا إله إلا الله، وأفضل الدعاء الحمد لله
التخريج (مفصلا): الترمذي والنسائي وابن ماجة وابن حبان في صحيحه والحاكم في المستدرك عن جابر

 

Best supplication is Al-‘Istighfar (Seeking forgiveness from Allah), said the Prophet.
الجامع الصغير. – لجلال الدين السيوطي
المجلد الثالث >> باب: حرف الخاء

4006 – خير الدعاء الاستغفار
التخريج (مفصلا): الحاكم في تاريخه عن علي

 

The Al-‘Istighfar supplication of Moses peace be upon him, short and received immediate reply:

28:16 [And] he (Moses) prayed: O my Sustainer! Verily, I have sinned against myself! FORGIVE ME!” And He/Allah forgave him – for, verily, He/Allh alone is truly forgiving, a dispenser of grace.

قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّي ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَغَفَرَ لَهُ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

 

Prophet was asked by a bedouin to teach him a supplication that Allah might give him some benefit from, Prophet told him to say:

O my Lord for You all praise, and all gratitude for You as well, while all affairs return to you (for judgement and fulfillment)
كنز العمال – للمتقي الهندي
المجلد الثاني >> الأدعية المطلقة

5097- عن سعد أن أعرابيا قال للنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: علمني دعاء لعل الله أن ينفعني به، قال قل: اللهم لك الحمد كله، ولك الشكر كله، وإليك يرجع الأمر كله.
(الديلمي).

 

 

© 2015-2002,  Dara O Shayda

 

Water Wars

Salaam

12+ trillion dollar wars fought by Bush family, proffered war booties to the investors who are acquiring the water rights globally. Moreover even in America individuals who process their own water in their own lands, are arrested and prosecuted and jailed. In other words processing your own water is criminalized.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-new-water-barons-wall-street-mega-banks-are-buying-up-the-worlds-water/5383274

Meanwhile they are playing with our minds: ISIS and Jihadists (their own employees and mercenaries) forced immigration clearing large parcels of land for water access, Trump and partners diverting the attentions away from these war criminals to civilian Muslims at large.

http://watchingamerica.com/WA/2015/06/18/bush-family-buy-up-guarani-aquifer/

One day you wake up and Facebook is selling Water Coupons on your mobile phone, and suddenly yours is much smaller or voided, due to your posts on Facebook, reviewed unfavorably by these “Water Barons”!

If you want to dig up the truth about the current disaster with Muslims and USA, just follow the money trail! Specifically to water related investments, US keeping private combat arm manufacturing and sales legal, stocks and management of Social media company (privatized spy agencies). And follow the lack of funding for public education, super expensive college tuition and books.

Dara

Fundamental Problem Among Us: golf course more important than people

Salaam

I was a speaking with a dear childhood friend in Kuwait and he was telling me that the people in that region, for as long as their leadership and daily provisions  are preserved and no one is killing their women and children, are quite tolerant with murder and genocide of their neighboring brethren just a few kilometers away!

Had the Dubai governor been Christian or Jew, the golf course in question would have been embargoed!

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/08/golf/trump-comments-will-not-impact-dubai-course/index.html

“We would like to stress that our agreement is with the Trump Organisation as one of the premium golf course operators in the world and as such we would not comment further on Mr. Trump’s personal or political agenda, nor comment on the internal American political debate scene,” DAMAC Properties’ Senior Vice President Niall McLoughlin told CNN.

dubai

Development of empathy for others, Muslims or not, is a big part of Sufi spiritual endeavour, for we are not living in a bubble, people around us are as much belonging to Allah as does our own Nafs, while Allah watches every move we make so carefully.

The end outcome of such lack of empathy is the widespread remorselessness as we have eye-witnessed in extreme measures among Syrians. Syrians sat in their homes content with their jobs and daily bread, while all around them their very brothers and sisters were murdered in droves e.g. in Hama, Halab, Iraq, Kuwait, Kurdistan, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt, meanwhile invested and applied for jobs and vacationed and made deals with all kinds of war criminals who were killing their brothers, in complete remorselessness which finally caught up with them in manners never recorded in human history. The rest of us to follow soon along the same path.

syrianpolio

This incessant yearning to socialize with the rich is a defect (‘Aib) of Nafs (Self) :

http://www.untiredwithloving.org/defects_of_nafs.html#69
Sixty Nine: Love to socialize with the rich

Defect: Nafs (Self) loves to socialize with the rich and is inclined towards them and is benevolent and generous to them.

Therapy: To make the Nafs (Self) to socialize with the poor, and to know that nothing comes to him from them, poor or rich, since his provision is portioned and sent only by Allah to her, and this way it may cut her greed/love from the rich, and to know that Allah blamed the Prophet to socialize with the rich: As to one who regards Himself as self-sufficient, To him dost thou attend, Though it is no blame to thee if he grow not (in spiritual understanding), But as to him who came to thee striving earnestly, And with fear (in his heart), Of him wast thou unmindful [Abas:10-5].

The Prophet addressing the poor said: To live the life is to live like you and to die is to die like you. I have been ordered to make my Nafs (Self) patient with you. And again the Prophet has prayed: Allah let me live poor, and take me poor and resurrect me amongst the poor. And the Prophet ordered the Imam Ali: You have to love the poor and be near to them.

69- حب مجالسة الأغنياء.
ومن عيوبها: محبة مجالسة الأغنياء وميله إليهم وإقباله عليهم [وإكرامه] لهم.
ومداواتها: مجالسة الفقراء والعلم بأنه لا يصل إليه مما في أيديهم إلا مقدار ما قدره الله له فيقطع الطمع منهم فيسقط ذلك محبتهم والميل إليهم، ويعلم أن الله عاتب نبيه صلى الله عليه وسلم في مجالسة [الأغنياء] فقال: أَمَّا مَنِ اسْتَغْنَى 5 فَأَنتَ لَهُ تَصَدَّى 6وَمَا عَلَيْكَ أَلَّا يَزَّكَّى 7 وَأَمَّا مَن جَاءكَ يَسْعَى 8 وَهُوَ يَخْشَى 9فَأَنتَ عَنْهُ تَلَهَّى {عبس:5-10].

 

© 2015-2002,  Dara O. Shayda,