Imagine pointing at the moon, using finger, muscles and bones of your arm and hand while associating some language with this pointing and as such make others see the moon. For example you point and say: look at the disk-like shape, different crescents for different days of the year, gray spots like hills and valleys. Or you point and say nothing! All the same, thoughts and feelings conjured within your audience.
You do not issue anything of the moon’s true nature and essence, for it is 380,000 kilometers away, out of reach, however in this life we have the endowment of the Ishara faculty , a pointing tool to render something about a remote target.
People look along your arm and hand and finger consequently could place the words in the context of the disk-like stellar object, without traveling to the moon nor becoming an astronomer!
Your words alone have no meaning, your hand and finger alone have no meaning, their inexorable combination does. And does render thoughts which have nothing do with the arm hand finger and acoustics of your voice.
Similar to moon, we point at the word/concept of Death, as was used by Allah, we cannot reach to Allah and we cannot understand the nature and essence of Death, but we can make Ishara at Death, we can point at the Death and others looking along the vector of this pointing cognize a new thought.
Call that Vectorial Thought or Ishara.
Isarah 1: Apoptosis
Apoptosis (from Ancient Greek ἀπόπτωσις “falling off”) is a process of programmed cell death that occurs in multicellular organisms. Biochemical events lead to characteristic cell changes (morphology) and death. These changes include blebbing, cell shrinkage, nuclear fragmentation, chromatin condensation, chromosomal DNA fragmentation, and global mRNA decay. Between 50 and 70 billion cells die each day due to apoptosis in the average human adult. For an average child between the ages of 8 and 14, approximately 20 billion to 30 billion cells die a day.
What we call Death, is actually a terrific systemic ensemble of processes and highly specialized molecules and atomic structures, with unfathomable parallel operating mechanism, without which the life would not be possible:
Ishara 2. Life only possible upon Death
Cancer is immortality of a single cell, which wrecks havoc in all living organisms:
Make believe that above Ishara 1-2 are arm hand and finger pointing and the words in the video what you say to people around you to render the concept of Death i.e. pointing at Death.
In English language of Jews and Christians the word death simply means cessation of life:
A permanent cessation of all vital functions : the end of life
In the language of Qur’an:
67:2. Al-Ladhi (That Which, Allah) created Death and Life
ٱلَّذِي خَلَقَ ٱلْمَوْتَ وَٱلْحَيَاةَ
Death is a designed engineered innovated being, like any other designs engineering and innovations:
The Death is a creation from creativity of Allah the Lofty
الأَزهري عن الليث: المَوْتُ خَلْقٌ من خَلق اللهِ تعالى.
In other words Death is not an abstract concept marking the cessation of life, it is an entity which has processes and designs, as does life.
In the verse above Death is mentioned prior to Life, and that was a source of much discussions amongst the grammarians and exegetes of Qur’an:
The antecedence of Death to Life might mean:
- Death in this life, life in the Life After
- Death is a Substratum upon which resides Life
تفسير فتح القدير/ الشوكاني (ت 1250 هـ)
وقيل: المراد الموت في الدنيا، والحياة في الآخرة. وقدّم الموت على الحياة؛ لأن أصل الأشياء عدم الحياة، والحياة عارضة لها.
This idea of Death as the cornerstone of life namely the Programmed Cell Death truly found relative validity around 1970s! So even within the Western Scientific thoughts the concept of Death as the Substratum for life is quite novel and afresh.
Prior to the verse above Allah is mentioned as the Blest who created Death and Life i.e. Death as is Life a true blessing from The Divine Blest One.
Death is blessing, without Programmed Cell Death, for example you would not have toes or fingers!
We would have been hugest blobs of useless organic matter without purpose and functionality.
Therefore Death is a blessing Allah endowed upon every human being, upon every living being.
We did not infer nor interpret these statements as conclusions, neither does the finger pointing at the moon, we simply pointed at the Death, pointed at the Divine Words thus rendered de novo concepts in mind.
© 2016-2002, Dara O Shayda
6 thoughts on “Ishara: Death”
Phat a wonderful depiction of ‘death’ and ‘life’ as phenomenon in nature. I had a feeling that this was so, but this composition provided an ISHARA that brought me a clearer picture, because I looked where the finger of Sayyadi Dara and that of the videos was pointing. The videos were of immense help, but they were so only in combination of the words of Sayyadi Dara. Now I am wondering, if his finger can be so enlightening, how enlightening the person of Sayyadi Dara would be?
Quran uses two words (may be more): maut and fana. I guess they are different things or may be they are connected. I have in mind: KULLA MAN ALAIHA FAN WA YABKA WAJHO RABBEKA ZULJALALO WAL IKRAM. But what Sayyadi Dara quoted seems to suggest a connection between Death and Life as parts of a scheme.
Now please bear with me, for I am going off topic. I wanted to ask the meaning/tafsir of another Ayah. And I do not know how to ask that except as a reply to something else.
The Ayah is 13:15 in Surah Rad.
وَلِلّهِ يَسْجُدُ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ طَوْعًا وَكَرْهًا وَظِلالُهُم بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالآصَالِ
All the translations seem to leave something lacking for my purpose. Nobody seems to address questions like the following:
1. What is the significance of shadows. How do they relate to something that is mentioned in the first part of the Ayah.
2. What is the significance of mentioning morning and evening. Someone said it signifies elongated shadows.
3. How do the shadows do the SIJDA in comparison to the Sijda of humans in Salat. Or are we to dissociate the prostration meaning of the word Sijda from the usage in this Ayah.
4. Does the use of the word مَن in this Ayah single out humans/living-being/all that exists.
I pondered over these questions. And I did something that would be deemed illegitimate from a literal point of view, and I would agree. In my theory of spirituality I used this Ayah to be doing an ISHARA towards what I call the Law of Shadows. I later generalized it to an Equivalence Principle that operates between the physical world and the spiritual world.
That is the context in which I am asking this question.
Thank you for kind words, may Allah mention your name in lofty assemblies.
I have some materials on your questions and comments, specially on the Tafsir. Kinda scattered here and there, give me some time to organize and published something useful INSHALLAH.
Will talk soon INSHALLAH
I am wondering how our noble ancestors were able to understand such concept of death, given that they did not have such advanced sceintific tools and datas as we have today!
Al-Rahman has given this gift of understanding+explicating life and cosmos to EVERY human being, believing or disbelieving, good or wretched:
Created Human Being…
Taught him Bayaan
Bayaan means the mental/spiritual faculty to discern and make patent something e.g. what you watched in those videos for Apoptosis considered as Bayaan. They make the process of death patent and discernible from other processes.
I have some questions about these spiritual faculties e.g. Qalb, Ruh, Sirr.
Where are the location of these faculties inside a human body?
Or are they too subtle to detect even by our most advanced technology?
I believe there are connections to our bodies and minds, but young people like you need to think new thoughts about such matters.
So I might say one or two things in future in that regards.
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