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Friday, July 21, 2006

Sufism-A Self Discovering Journey to those who want to know.

Each of us , human beings are created unique and different from one another.

There are no immediate clones or exact copies of a human being right to the very miniscule DNA that scientists have only come to discover very recently.

The microscope was invented by Anthony Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) from Holland almost a thousand years after the lifetime of the Final Messenger of Allah, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam completed his Mission and departed from this mortal Earth!

The very first Qur'anic revelations received by the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam was the first 5 verses of the Surah Al-'Alaq.

The Commandment by Almighty Allah to His Final Messenger is ' Iq'ra!' @ 'Read!

Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam didn't ever learn how to Read nor Write.

This is another Hikmah of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala in preserving and protecting the Mercy for all Mankind from being accused by those who are devious and demented in their selfs of 'authoring' the Holy Al-Qur'an al Kareem.

Read in the name of Thy Lord!

The second verse reads ' Iq'ra. Bismi rabbikallazi khalaq!

Meaning: 'Read. In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher Who Created man out of a mere clot of 'congealed' blood.

Now, a thousand four hundred twenty seven years ago, mankind never knew what a 'microscope' was! It wasn't invented until a thousand years later after the Revelation of the Holy Qur'an took place.

All people knew was that when a man and a woman had sexual intercourse, chances are that the woman might get pregnant with child.

How the conception takes place, what is the actual process of fertilization and conception was still a mystery to the whole of mankind in those times.

The second verse clearly explains so very scientifically how a foetus at its very early stage of development looks like. To the naked eye, that small foetus would only look like a small piece of congealed blood!

How could Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, an unlettered man , living in Arabia, 14 centuries ago have come to learn about such a scientifically accurate, unheard of knowledge to the whole of mankind, sitting in a small cave, on a pitch black dark night, high above the hills of Makkah?

Today, scientists and academicians, who are among the best in their profession, realise that those verses are not from Man but truely and purely Divine Revelations that were delivered to a man who was well known for his honesty and sincerity amongst his people. A man whom they called 'Al-Amin' @ 'The Trustworthy'.

Many of those scientists who didn't believe in the existence of God, after discovering the truth of the Qur'anic revelations, started to research and study the whole of the Qur'an and as they discovered that the Verses of the Qur'an are absolutely from Our Creator and way beyond the times of Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam and revelations regarding historical facts that Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam , who was unschooled , could never have come to know on his own, out of their own convictions, uttered their Proclamations of Faith and Belief in that 'There's no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah!'

With the advent of the microscope a thousand years later by the invention and discovery by Holland's Anthony Leeuwenhoek, only then did the world realise that there are minute , microscopic living organisms and cells in every living matter and then only in the last few decades have Mankind learned about the building blocks of cells, DNA's and chromosomes.

For those who choose to study and ponder about how did the Qur'an beat modern science to explaining so precisely and accurately about everything that only recently the socalled scientific world has 'discovered' about how we are conceived and what is the process of mankind's evolving from a single sperm cell and an ovum cell that after fertilisation evolves in an exact process that is explained in total accuracy by the Qur'an 14 centuries ago to an unlettered Prophet!

In the Holy Quran, God speaks about the stages of man’s embryonic development:

"We created man from an extract of clay. Then We made him as a drop in a place of settlement, firmly fixed. Then We made the drop into an alaqah (leech, suspended thing, and blood clot), then We made the alaqah into a mudghah (chewed substance)... 1 (Quran, 23:12-14)

Literally, the Arabic word alaqah has three meanings: (1) leech, (2) suspended thing, and (3) blood clot.

In comparing a leech to an embryo in the alaqah stage, we find similarity between the two .

Also, the embryo at this stage obtains nourishment from the blood of the mother, similar to the leech, which feeds on the blood of others.

Source : http://www.islam-guide.com/frm-ch1.htm

Today, mankind is racing across space, diving deep into the deepest crevasses and underwater canyons miles deep where everything is so pitch black and dark that through the Grace and Mercy of Allah SWT, fishes and other living creatures deep down there have evolved lights and phosphorence to find their way through the pitch black labyrinth and survive without ever seeing the rays of the sun.

For all of mankind's recent technological and scientific advances, Mankind has yet to learn about this mysterious unseen essence of Life that dwells within ourselves and known as the 'living spirit' @ the Soul / the Ruuh!

Sufism is a journey of Self Discovery that is both mystifying and confusing to those who have yet to settle down in their lifes and a process of building up a very strong connection between one as a humanbeing and Our Creator who has given us all that we require to strive in our own ways to deepen our Knowledge and Realisation about who we are, where we came from and where we might end up if we fail to study and seek, the many hidden answers to the challenges of Life!

Are the unlearned as similar to those who are in the know? An all familiar question that we often hear especially amongst those who appreciate getting to know and acquiring newer and newer realisations of the different stages of reality and why in these Akhirul Zaman, it is imperative for one who seeks the Mercy of God and wants to improve one's perception of one's being and where one is going to end up when we breathe this mortal Earth's air no more.

To those who are interested to learn about Sufism, there's only one particular advice I'd want to give. Do not go overboard in showing homage to your Masters. Be moderate, be kind and be humble.

Sufism is a process of purification of our Nafs @ Desires. It is a long journey that can see many of the travellers lose sight of their goals and at times disappear into the vast chasms of human interventions and misguidance.

It's best to study as to the sources and practices of any given Tariqah to avoid khurafat and Shirk whilst embarking on a journey to purify one's self. More postings in due time.

Fee amanillah people! Allah knows us best! Seek His Mercy in your own way, Insyaallah.

To those who want to learn with a proper Murshid @ Master, the sources are numerous in the worldwide web.

One link you might find useful is http://www.naqshbandi.org/frmchain.htm

Remember , Sufism is best travelled in moderation.

Anything more or less will see you stranded between the two stations that are the Al-Haqq and the Al-Batil.

May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala guide us all to His Oceans of Mercy! Amin ya Rabbal Alameen.