Saturday, November 29, 2014

What is Spiritual Healing and How Healing Works? Part 2

Healing can occur when we are prepared to face, accept, and then work through the emotional issues which are connected with the physical illness. We can also turn inward for healing by accessing that place of the “silence of one’s being”. One’s inmost silence, a place of wholeness and beyond limitations that is free from disease, is reached in deep states of dhikr (the remembrance of God) or meditation.

It is accessed in those moments when losing oneself utterly in prayer for the healing of a loved one or oneself, where one is in complete self-surrender. This radical shift of consciousness can bring about a dramatic physical change leading to spontaneous healing and the sudden disappearance of symptoms. Illness, then, can be a window through which we come to discover and know our indwelling wholeness, our soul, and be grateful to our illness which has returned us to ourselves. ~ Aliya B. Haeri, Psychologist


Communication from a Teacher

Essentially there are three levels of health we need to care for: one is our body and in that regard, there is a lot of up to date check lists that you can download also from the internet to do with nutrition, diet, exercise and all physical intakes including of course, air, water and other things we ingest. More important than intake are the items, which are commonly available nowadays, and which are to be avoided, such as bottled fizzy drinks, sugars and refined carbohydrates, such as cakes and colorants and preservatives in snacks and sweets.  Our biology is not designed for fast foods.

And also the importance of regular exercise and presence of mind and heart during leisure and sport.

The second level is mental hygiene. Clear thoughts, good thoughts, good talk, and pure heart.

The third and most important level of health is purity at heart.  The light of the soul is dimmed or completely veiled with a heart full of fear, hatred and anger. Once the body is clear of toxins and the mind is sharp and alert, and the heart is pure, then the serious challenges to humanity begins.  How to now live your divine nature, the sacred soul in your heart? The purpose of life on earth is to practice this.  From there on, physical death becomes unimportant, you have already tasted the eternal nature of your soul.

All religions aspire to take their adherence to this state of enlightenment.

Listen with your ears and look with your eyes -- and then shut down your senses and pick up the signs of your heart. Good luck.

~ Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, Oct 27/28, 2014


The above message was sent to a student of Shaykh Fadhlalla and was shared. This brief message summarizes the main three aspects which need harmony in order to be whole. The disharmony and imbalance is what causes illness and hence there needs to be understanding that not only our body needs food and nutrition for its proper functioning, but also the mind (thoughts and emotions) and heart (spirituality and soul level) need them also according to their nature. When you are sick, the solution is not putting more drugs into the body. Health begins by understanding and then eliminating the problem. That understanding is the subject of this series of articles on Healing.

The human drive for well-being, harmony and happiness and avoidance of sickness, discord and misery can be a great force to realise the source and essence of life - the free and joyful soul within. The human soul is ever-free, content and stable, and is not subject to the changing world of duality, insecurity and uncertainty experienced by the ego-self.

~ from the Introduction of 101 Helpful Illusions by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri


Some Concepts that Help Understanding the Reality in General and also the Reality of Healing


The reality in which we live in, it has a hologram like nature. Take each small slice of the reality and you will find the same  phenomena that you would find in the largest or whole. Think of the cell division vs. how milky way galaxy looks like.

Split Galaxy vs Cell Division

Think of how our brain cells look like and captured image of our galaxy. They have mind blowing similarity.

Our Brain’s Neurons Look Exactly Like The Structure Of The Universe

The above two examples are just two Sign posts about our reality, something that neutral and unbiased view of science can point us to. This aspect of reality tells us that there is a mirroring here. The small reflect the big, no matter how contrast the sizes are.

In the east the reality is compared to a city of mirror. Mirror precisely because it reflects and reflects back again and again. In Sufic science a very important element of the reality is the unseen reality, alam al-ghayb. Even though we can not see that reality (like dark energy/ dark matter) and yet just as the visible universe is only a small fraction of the invisible universe (composed of dark energy and dark matter) similarly the seen world is a very tiny fraction of the unseen world.

The visible and physical world is governed by physical laws which are universal and true across the universe. Similarly the invisible and non-physical (spiritual) world is governed by non-physical (metaphysical or spiritual) laws.

We know that the reality is indivisible. Thus seen and unseen world are inter-penetrated, inter-woven. When it comes to what constituent human being is both physical, then mental and emotional and finally spiritual - each is more subtle than its previous one.

When someone suffers a mental or emotional shock that can trigger a heart attack - or when we are very depressed we feel unwell even in our body, we feel lack of energy of lethargic. These are examples how one aspect of our being can affect another, in this case metal affecting physical. Likewise, the most subtle part of our being is spiritual. Spiritual healing does take into account the unseen reality, which is our spirit or soul.

According to the cosmology of spiritual healing - every imbalance or most imbalances of our physical body has its root into more subtler body (emotional and spiritual) or due to violation of the spiritual law(s) or disturbance of spiritual well-being.

For example, if we fail to give proper nutrition that is food into our body on regular basis we feel hunger, eventually feel weak - similarly if our emotional body or our mind is not fed with the right kind of emotions, right kind of thoughts, superior thoughts and instead is poisoned by improper thoughts and lack of right nutrition of mind, then it can suffer lethargy, depression, lack of interest in anything etc symptoms can kick in. Same applies for the spirit or the soul.

Lets ask this question to ourselves. How much effort do we give to nourish our spirit / soul? Do we know what kind of nutrition feeds it? We put so much effort into feeding the physical body, how about our emotional body and most importantly our spiritual body?

Disorder of Rhythm - root cause of all diseases, be it physical, emotional or spiritual 


According to the mystical point of view there is one chief root, which can be called a common cause, from which all diseases are derived, and that is disorder of rhythm. For example: the upset or disorder of the nerves is stated by scientists to be the chief origin of all of the mental diseases.

The Wonderful Architect, The Glorious Originator of all, the Master Designer has created everything, every single thing with rhythm. From the movement of the atoms and molecules to the movement of the heavenly bodies, suns and moons to the works of biological bodies, the change of seasons - everything has a rhythm, a pattern, a governing immutable law which it follows. This is called the Command of the Chief Commander, the Divine Commander.

Now we human beings are positioned uniquely in the universe that we are also gifted with limited free-will. We are endowed with reason, capacity to think, capacity to discriminate between right and wrong - though through continuous and repeated abuse, neglect and ignorance we may choose to destroy that capacity. As human beings with limited understanding or veiled understanding we often violate the immutable divine laws, we abuse our sacred nature by becoming corrupt and following our shadows and this cause disharmony and disorder of rhythm within us, and this is the essential cause of all our illness, be it physical, emotional or spiritual or any combination of them.

What I just mentioned above may sound very unscientific, superstitious from medieval period or even crazy - but guess what? One of the greatest spiritual healer, the archetypal healer, Jesus Christ's healing will prove that all of the healing were spiritual in nature and they were also cured through spirit, even though the disease or the symptoms may manifest in physical body. In fact it is the physical body which is the place of manifestation in this world and hence all disharmony of the unseen will eventually end up manifesting in the seen world, which for our case is our physical body of blood, flesh and bones.



The place of Spiritual Heart in Healing


One of the most important faculty of the unseen body is the spiritual heart. In Arabic its called QALB which comes from the root Q.L.B that gives birth to many meanings including that which turn. Indeed heart turns, the physical heart turn endlessly, so does the emotional and spiritual heart. Its in constant motion, thousands of thoughts come and go into the mind, hundred shades of spiritual state appear and disappear in a day or so. its constantly turning.

The more we understand the nature of our spiritual heart, the more equipped we are to feed it, nourish it, bathe it with light.

The term “heart” has different and multi-level connotations in the Islamic tradition. It is not simply the organ of emotions, “feelings” and desires, or decisions and opinions, but goes to encompass the soul, knowledge, bravery and more. When purified it is the seat of the intellect, i.e. the ray of the Divine within the creatures. It is the only placeless place which the King of kings reserves for His Throne. Heart is called the “true essence of a human being” (Al- Jurjani), containing “all levels of inner being” (al-Hakeem al- Tirmidhi), and for the Prophets (s) it is the place of revelation.

In the sacred tradition we find that God says, "Nothing in the heaven or earth can contain Me, but the Heart of a true devotee may contain Me."

Let us understand the tremendous value of the above tradition. And also lets understand the fact that we all carry that spiritual heart within and is it not time to pay more attention to our heart?

Good news is that when you explore Spiritual Healing, you must pay attention to the Heart. Our Master (s) said, "If heart is good, whole body is good; if its corrupt then whole body is like that." If you are interested to heal yourself, you must begin with the Spiritual Heart. And that beginning is with the knowledge of the Spiritual Heart and we go back to the direct source of divine knowledge, which is the Final Testament, the Criterion, the Glorious Light where we are given direct glimpses on the reality of the Spiritual Heart. No other scripture has so much to transmit and communicate about the reality of heart than Qur'an.

Here are references of the list of Signs where the term Qulub (Heart in Arabic) is mentioned in the Qur'an. Visit http://corpus.quran.com/search.jsp?q=lem%3Aqalob+pos%3An

Click the middle column to go to the complete Sign (verse) and read the entire context of the Sign to understand better. They are all knowledge to understand reality of the heart.

Hearts are assured and made tranquil through remembrance of the Real, 13:28
http://corpus.quran.com/wordmorphology.jsp?location=%2813:28:4%29

Spiritual disease begin at the heart, as evident from this Sign of the Qur'an 2:10
http://corpus.quran.com/wordmorphology.jsp?location=%282:10:2%29

Heart can become hardened, so that it no longer can accept truth, 6:43
http://corpus.quran.com/wordmorphology.jsp?location=%286:43:8%29

Faith and lack of faith are function of the heart as evident from this Sign of the Qur'an 3:167
http://corpus.quran.com/wordmorphology.jsp?location=%283:167:29%29

Allah is the knower of what is in the heart, 33:51
http://corpus.quran.com/wordmorphology.jsp?location=%2833:51:31%29

True sign of success is for those who come to God with a pure heart, 26:89
http://corpus.quran.com/wordmorphology.jsp?location=%2826:89:5%29

There are many more Signs in the Qur'an and each of these gems may unveil different treasure for you.



The Masters of Humanity were all Physician and Healer of Spiritual Hearts


The Divine Messengers, the Communicators were all healers and purifiers of spiritual heart. That was a task they all had to perform.

Imam Ghazali said, “The Prophets are the doctors of the hearts.”

Awliya Allah are the spiritual inheritors of the Prophets and they continue to impart their function as physician and healers of the heart, which when cured, when is pure, success on the Day of Judgment is guaranteed, by Allah’s command (26:88-89).

It is said that a certain man complained to the Honorable Prophet, about the hardness of his heart, he replied, “stroke the head of an orphan, and give him something to eat.”

The same complaint was once made to Abu Daw'ud, who said, “Visit the sick, go to funerals, and visit graves.”

The Prophet said, "Undoubtedly, hearts get rusted like metal." So the people asked, “How can they [hearts] be cleaned?” The Prophet replied, “To remember death in abundance and to recite the Holy Quran.”


Good News is We All are Given Capacity to Heal


Hazrat Inayat Khan in his book Healing and the Mind World wrote: "Consciously or unconsciously every being is capable of healing himself or others. This instinct is inborn in insects, birds, and beasts, as well as in man. All these find their own medicine and heal themselves and each other in various ways. In ancient days the doctors and healers learned much from animals about the treatment of disease. This shows that natural intuition has manifested in the lower creation as well as in the higher."

If Jesus Christ could heal, don't you think you being a member of God's family can also heal? Don't you think that you are also endowed with the amazing capacity to heal yourself and others? Here is a good news for you. We are all given capacity to heal. Not only human beings, but all sentient beings. You may not see that happening, we may not understand all of it, but think this - the birds, the animals, the insects in the wild or fishes in ocean don't go to doctors or they don't have hospitals; and yet when imbalance happens to their body, they mostly heal themselves, they cure themselves. Sometime one help the other to heal.

We as human beings have many hidden ability to heal that we are just unaware. A mother heals pain of her child unconsciously when the child falls or have ache. This happens all the time and hence we kind of neglect it. Our own voice has healing capacity, so does a mother's voice for its infant or child.


"The voice has all the magnetism which an instrument lacks; for voice is nature's ideal instrument, upon which all the other instruments of the world are modeled.” ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

Our voice, the human voice, can be used as a tool for self- awareness, which is the foundational mindset to heal oneself. With proper training, you can use your voice as a "sonic tool" to vibrationally activate, heal, resonate/harmonize body, mind and spirit. Human voice can change state of consciousness almost instantaneously. It balances hemispheres of the brain, re- wires neural nets, and changes the vibratory pattern of the etheric, emotional, mental, and bioelectric bodies.

Here is an elegant Secret: The way we use our voice is a clear indicator of our self- esteem.

Changing our voice, its tone can change the whole way of expressing ourselves in the world - and how the world sees us! One’s entire history is recorded in every cell of one’s body: when you speak the truth to your body you can change your life.

Remember that in post-eternity the body will speak the truth and you will be witness, before that reality comes, may we speak the truth to our body:

Allah speaks: That Day, We will seal over their mouths, and their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will testify about what they used to earn. ~ The Qur'an 36:65




(To be Continued)



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What is Spiritual Healing and How Healing Works?

We Can Never Thank Enough


If we are lucky and enjoying good health, no complications, we are not suffering in hospital - then if we think about it, and if we have any idea about our own biology, the tremendously complex systems that is part of our physical being - then we may well understand that fact that we are actually immersed in an ocean of mercy from God. How is that? Because there are countless instances in our body where a very tiny thing if gone wrong can make us instantly paralyzed, can take away our ability to move any muscle or ability to speak or to move our finger tips.

And when we think about it deeply then we may come to understand the meaning of the sacred formula in Islam, 'la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah' - which closely translate as 'there is no transformation/ movement and power except by God." That indeed is the truth.

How much do we really know about our own wondrous body?

Here are some astounding fact about our body which hopefully may bring us to that place of wonderment about our own place in creation and appreciate more the Tremendous Creator who created this marvel of marvels.

An adult human being is made up of 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) atoms. For perspective, there’s a ‘measly’ 300,000,000,000 (300 billion) stars in our galaxy.

Our brain’s connected neurons look similar to the structure of the universe. In a way, our brains are modeled after the universe.  In a lifetime, your brain's long-term memory can hold as many as 1 quadrillion (1 million billion) separate bits of information. New brain connections are created every time you form a memory.

With the 60,000 miles of blood vessels inside the average human body, you could circumnavigate Earth two and a half times. In one day, your blood travels 12,000 miles around your body. That’s four times the distance across the US from coast-to-coast. 

If uncoiled, the DNA in all the cells in your body would stretch 10 billion miles, from here to Pluto and back.

Our nose can remember 50,000 different scents. The human eye can distinguish about 10 million different colors. If the human eye was a digital camera it would have 576 megapixels.

Your body produces 25 million new cells each second. Every 13 seconds, you produce more cells than there are people in the United States. Human beings shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour.

When awake, the human brain produces enough electricity to power a small lightbulb. Every day, your heart creates enough energy to drive a truck for 20 miles (32 km).

Along with the five traditional senses of sound, sight, touch, smell and taste, humans have 15 “other senses.” These include balance, temperature, pain and time as well as internal senses for suffocation, thirst, and fullness.

The muscles that control your eyes contract about 100,000 times a day (that's the equivalent of giving your legs a workout by walking 50 miles).

There's more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.

Your heart beats over 100,000 times per day. Your heart can keep beating even if it is separated from the body because it has its own electrical impulse. Your heart will pump nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood during your lifetime, enough to fill 200 train tank cars.

Nerve impulses travel to and from the brain at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour, faster than a Formula 1 racecar.

So thats just a tiny glance using some basic data about our body. But data and information can not capture the marvel of this body alone. If we compare what we know vs. what we do not know, it will be like a drop against an ocean. Even after so much discovery and advances about biological science our knowledge is still very superficial.


A Gross Example of our Ignorance


Check out this video by a company called Squatty Potty. Its a promotion of their product, but it utilizes a very simple science about our biology. In this video you will come to understand that we as human race are so ignorant still when it comes to doing very basic tasks, be it eating, sleeping or eliminating.



The video is not a hoax. The fact that since the introduction of western toilet human being is inundated with colon related diseases. Now of course it can never be attributed to just one factor, but it can not be denied that toilet posture, according to medical doctors is a major cause of hemorrhoids (bleeding), constipation, colitis or colon related diseases, appendicitis, irritable bowel syndrome and worst of all colon cancer. These diseases were not so common as they are in recent time. if you watch this small video of only 3 minutes you will come to at least partially I hope to understand our state of ignorance.


Unprecedented Level of Diseases


We are made to be well, not diseased. Our default condition of our body is to be sound and disease free. And yet if we look around us in the contemporary world we will come to notice that diseases are consuming us at a very rapid pace. You can name 100 types cancers for, for every part of your body - this is unprecedented, never in human history have we witnessed such a sorry state of affairs specially with so much opportunity, advancement, comfortable living etc.

Diabetes: In USA in 2013, the number of people who have diabetes were 24.4 million (this number will become 29.7 by 2035 projected), in 2013 in India this was 65.1 million and 98.4 million in China, both of which to become 109 and 142.7 million by 2035.

When it comes to cancer, just to give an example, its estimated that 1 out of every 8 women will develop breast cancer in their life time. This is absolutely crazy. Check Cancer Facts for details.

When it comes to our state of mind, study show that in the last decade mental illness in US has increased by 50%, over quarter of all Americans have a mental disorder. According to Reuters 168 million Europeans suffer from mental disease. CDC claims that over 10 million Americans every year contemplate or plan to commit suicide.

90% of children who visit a psychiatrist seeking help end up with a drug prescription. 9 of 13 school shooters were on or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. 42,000 deaths a year occur related to psychiatric drugs, how many cures

What can be attributed to this strange phenomena that in terms of material comfort we are become more and more advanced and yet our emotional, mental and physical well being is just become worse. Every now and then you can hear this person or that is diagnosed with cancer, more and more hospitals, diagnostic center, more pharmaceuticals drugs, more clinics are just mushrooming.

If you investigate carefully and ask those who know, really know the reality of today's world you will come to know that this unprecedented level of diseases and suffering is a compound effect of the following factors:

  • Our mind-blowing ignorance - we have forgotten to do even the most basic things in life, like eating, sleeping and eliminating
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  • our complete ignorance of ethical living, we have removed God from every possible scenario and hence violating every single immutable divine laws
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  • our mindless consumption of food and drink that lacks proper nutrition, rather which are filled with dangerous toxins and chemicals


Alex Carberry's Talk Titled "Honey I Healed the Kinds"


This particular video of Alex Carberry, a herbalist and healer from England in this speech have very eloquently summarised three important aspect that affects our well-being. Before we can delve into healing, we need to understand why we are sick, what basic things as human being we are failing to do in this particular time of ours.




This article on what is Spiritual Healing and How Healing works will continue to second part and if necessary third. I am sharing here the presentation that goes along with it. If you have any question, please feel free to email me: sadiq(at)techofheart.co

The presentation below covers a number of topics including Quranic Healing, Effect of our Own Voice and Healing and much more and I hope to share them in next articles as well.


PRESENTATION ON HEALING





+ Direct download this presentation as PDF


# Related Materials:
* Quranic Healing - El Gilani Method (EGM) - a summary
* Jinniology - the Science of Non-Human Entity
* Experience of Healing Jinn by Sheikh Syed Mubarak Ali Gilani

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Light on Light ~ The Ruba’iya’t of Omar Khayya’m


Weaving mystical metaphors

Ideas Divine - GOD Awakens

In this Soul of mine


Persian carpets of Light - Life - Love

Untying lies - fly through

Jewelled doors opening Paradise


Resonance NOW Realization,

Rolls - Royce of reasoned

Words glide silently


As the Mind seeking finds

Itself - showering stars

Of Illumination


Above penetrates Below

so, Creation

Remembrance - JOY - Elevation



~ Translation by Charles Mugleston

The Hebe Theatre Company
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In Search of the Khidr of this Age by Imran N. Hosein




1.
And at the junction of two oceans (Majm’aa al-Bahrain),
upon the rock,
they found a servant from among the specially chosen servants
to whom the Divine Authority had given mercy
and had taught him direct knowledge (ilm ladunni).

Behold, the Divine Authority is Hu
Who encompasses both past and present in His infinite knowledge,
and no sentient being can attain a single thing of His secret Knowledge
except for what He wills.

~ Message of the Qur'an, the final transmission and forever open communication

 

2.
Praise be to Allah Most Wise, and peace and blessings on the beloved Messenger of Allah (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) who lamented that Musa (‘alaihi al-Salām) did not show more patience with Khidr (‘alaihi al-Salām), the supreme teacher and guide of Ākhir al-Zamān, for had Musa done so, we would have learnt more from Khidr through Sūrah al-Kahf of the blessed Qur’ān.


The world today is akin to the skin of a banana which has been tossed into a garbage-bin and is rotting. Those who have hearts that can penetrate that reality of the world today, are a people who consequently feel lost in what has become for them, an alien world that has been reduced to barren dust:

“... and, verily, [in time] We shall reduce all that is on it (i.e., the earth) to barren dust!”

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:8)
 
They feel disgusted (i.e., fed-up) with this world. They long for a way out of a lonely tiresome barren life devoid of peace, contentment and true happiness. They long for raindrops from heaven that will quench the thirst in their restless hearts – a thirst for Truth and for inner peace.

The few who are disgusted with the world today look with pain and increasing frustration at the rest of mankind who consider this to be the best world ever, who marvel at all the great technological advancements of the modern age and equate such with progress, and whose greatest joy is to visit the glittering shopping malls of tinsel-town in order to spend more and more paper, plastic and electronic money while shopping for rotting banana skins:

Say: "Shall we tell you who are the greatest losers in whatever they may do?

"[It is] they whose labour has gone astray in [the pursuit of no more than] this world's life, and who none the less think that they are doing good works:

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:103-4)


It is to such people – the few who feel lost in today’s strange world – that Sūrah al-Kahf (18th Chapter of the Qur'an, the Final Testament) speaks, perchance that they may hear. It conveys to them a message that ‘they need to turn around and retrace their steps in life while searching for that rock on which sits the supreme guide of the age’.

 [Moses] exclaimed: "That [rock was the place] which we were seeking!, And the two turned back, retracing their footsteps (to the rock). . .

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:64)


Only that guide can explain the reality of the world today, and only that guide can provide such guidance as would show the way to escape from the dangers that await them wherever they turn. Allah Most High has personally warned of the awesome dangers to faith that will permeate the world in the end-time when He declared, in a Hadīth al-Qudsi recorded in Sahīh al-Bukhārī, that 999 out of every 1000 (in Ākhir al-Zamān) will enter into the hellfire.




WHERE CAN A KHIDR BE FOUND? HOW TO RECOGNIZE HIM?


The teacher par excellence of Ākhir al-Zamān can be recognized because he sits on a rock and is therefore as firm as a rock in his thought. He is not a drifter sitting on drifting sands whose viewpoint drifts in whichever direction the wind is blowing in London, NY, Paris etc.

Said [the servant]: "Would you believe it? When we made a stop at the rock (for a rest) ...

(and there on the rock) they found a servant of mine (i.e., Khidr)

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:63 and 65)


If, for example, the model of conduct of Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) does not allow for men and women to shake hands or to embrace and kiss each other when greeting each other socially, and if Dajjāl has fashioned a new universal religion and way of life which makes it necessary or permissible for men and women to do so, the Khidr of such a age (and those who follow him) would stand firm as a rock in refusing to conform with such a sinful departure from the Sunnah of the blessed Prophet. Those, on the other hand, who sit on shifting sand, will constantly adapt themselves to conform in their conduct with whatever Dajjāl requires of them even if this requires them to betray Nabi Muhammad (sallalhu ‘alaihi wa sallam).

The teacher of the End-time can be found at Majm’aa al-Bahrain (i.e., the place where the two oceans meet:

AND LO! [In the course of his wanderings,] Moses said to his servant: "I shall not give up until I reach the place where the two oceans meet, even if I [have to] spend untold years [in my quest]!"

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:60)

The two oceans are the ocean of knowledge externally acquired and the ocean of knowledge internally received); and because He integrates these two oceans of knowledge into a harmonious whole, his knowledge is creative and dynamic (opposite of static and mechanical). He does not memorize this Kitāb (book) and that Kitāb and the other Kitāb, and then spend the rest of his life repeating by rote the same thing over and over again like a parrot. Rather fresh knowledge and original thought flows from him like raindrops falling on a barren soil. He teaches, and lo! even the barren earth becomes lush green – and that is how he got the name Khidr which means green (Sahīh Bukhārī).

Just as he brings the dead earth back to life, so too does he bring dead hearts back to life while giving meaning and purpose to life. He is a supreme shepherd who can recognize the wolves of this age, and who knows how to protect the sheep from the wolves – especially the wolves in the Zionist-controlled banking system and petro-dollar monetary system.

The teacher can be recognized because he has two distinct qualities.

So they found one of Our servants, on whom We had bestowed Kindness and Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught Knowledge (directly) from Our own Presence.

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:65)

Firstly, he is always a man (never a woman) of supreme kindness and compassion, and secondly, he is blessed with internal intuitive spiritual insight in consequence of receiving knowledge directly from Allah. That spiritual insight gives him the capacity to recognize and to interpret knowledge which has come from above in an external form (the ‘boat’, the ‘boy’ and the ‘wall which was crumbling’) which requires interpretation in order for its internal reality to be penetrated and thus correctly understood.
Knowledge that has come from Allah Most High is located first of all in the blessed Qur’ān which is comprised of Ayāt (verses) which are Mukhkamāt (plain and clear), and others which are Mutashabihāt (i.e., which must be interpreted). Sūrah al-Kahf sends a message that the Ayāt Mutashabihāt of the Qur’ān have to be interpreted in order for mankind to penetrate the reality of the world in Ākhir al-Zamān.

After Khidr had explained to Musa that which had been incorrectly understood, he declared toMusa, “this is the t’awīl (interpretation) of that which you had no patience to understand.” Sūrah al-Kahf has here conveyed the important information that the interpretation of religious symbolism is not possible without knowledge received directly from Allah Most High.

The teacher of Ākhir al-Zamān who sits on a rock, is capable – by Allah’s leave – of looking ahead to see events which are yet to unfold in the historical process. Such insight into the future is beyond the capacity of conventional thought – hence Musa (‘alaihi al-Salām), who represents Banū Isrāīl, was completely unaware of the fact that a King would come to seize the boats, or that the boy would grow up so dangerously misguided that he would be a threat to his parent’s faith.

The knowledge which allows for insight into future events would be critically important in Ākhir al-Zamān when the world-order of Gog and Magog (which is the present Judeo-Christian Zionist world-order) would seek to dispossess the masses of mankind of their wealth and property in order to reduce them to such poverty and destitution as would equate to slavery. Such conditions of slavery would be necessary if Dajjāl is to ever succeed in establishing his rule over the world.

Such knowledge would also allow the believers to understand Dajjāl’s strategy with which he seeks to corrupt the youth in Ākhir al-Zamān, and then use them to destroy the faith of their parents and other elders. The believers would know to respond appropriately by cutting-off ties when the dangerously misguided young in Ākhir al-Zamān (who can include their own sons, daughters and grand-children) pose a future threat to Imān (faith) of their parents, grand-parents and other elders.

"In the last days (of the world) there will appear young people with foolish thoughts and ideas. They will give good talks, but they will go out of Islam as an arrow goes out of its game, their faith will not exceed their throats. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for there will be a reward for their killers on the Day of Resurrection." - Bukhari

The knowledge and spiritual insight of a teacher and guide such a Khidr (‘alaihi al-Salām), permits him to not only see into the future – by Allah’s leave – but to also see into the past and to thus uncover what has been, or may have been, carefully concealed. Thus was it that Musa’s (‘alaihi al-Salām) conventional knowledge and powers of understanding could not make sense of a wall being charitably rebuilt in a town that was so inhospitable. The implication of this kind of knowledge or insight in Ākhir al-Zamān, is that it makes it possible for such a guide to re-read and to reinterpret history quite differently from what has been recorded as history.


The Face of the Real Teacher remain hidden or unknown until the student is ready to recognize him through the inner faculties, eyes of the Heart. But they do exist. Earth must carry Khalifa of Allah, representative of God at all time, else it would cease to exist. May we find that Teacher, may we are helped towards this sacred and brave endeavor. So be it, Ameen


HOW WILL TEACHER AND STUDENT RELATE TO EACH OTHER?

That teacher and guide does not search for, screen and select his students – not in Ākhir al-Zamān- rather, the students must search for the teacher, and when they find him, they must seek permission from him to keep his company so that they may learn from him.

Sūrah al-Kahf warns the would-be students that the methodology of study used by such a teacher is different from that which is normally employed when students are taught. The student may not question and enter into arguments while challenging this teacher, other than to humbly and politely seek further clarification or explanation. The student does not debate with this teacher. Rather the student waits with patience for an understanding of what was taught, or for what the teacher has to offer as further explanation and clarification.

The teacher is not infallible. If the student is not convinced that the teacher is rightly-guided then he should leave him and seek another teacher. But the student may not argue and debate with this teacher.


A MESSAGE OF WARNING

This teacher does not put up with those who have no patience to acquire knowledge from him – knowledge which otherwise would remain permanently beyond their reach. If an impatient student persists in expressing differences of opinion with this teacher, that student will eventually be dismissed from his company.

This is where (and when) we part from each other – you and I!

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:78)


by Sheikh Imran N. Hosein via KN-OW Blog | First published in 6 Nov 2014



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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Munajat for Ahl al-Bayt (The Holy Family of Prophet Muhammad)


O Allah help us to remember the Ahl al-Bayt
and give us the capacity to recognize and learn about their virtuous lives.

O Allah help us to follow the Ahl al-Bayt who will never separate from Your Message (the Qur'an) until they meet Your beloved Prophet Muhammad at the Kawthar. +

O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.
O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.
O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.

O Allah help us to live a life of the Ahl al-Bayt, the upholders and revivers of the deen of Islam.

O Allah help us to live a life of the Ahl al-Bayt, a life devoid of excess, devoid of the unreal, devoid of every vanity and uselessness, and instead a life of truth, justice, mercy, love, freedom and peace;

A life full of passion for truth and nothing else;

A life full of a sense of justice and ever detesting and protesting injustice;

A life full of mercy, love and compassion for all of Your creation;

A life full of inner and deeper peace within one's self and for that of the other;

A life full of freedom from attachment and concern of this lower world;

A life of beauteous love for the only Source of Love (Al-Wadud) and the beloved (habib) of the Supreme Lover.


Peace and blessings be upon our leader Muhammad and his holy family. Allahumma salli ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa Aale Muhammad. Ameen

The Arabic word Munajat means supplication, intimate conversation.


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Position of the Holy Family in Spiritual Traditions


* To understand the position of the family of the Prophet or Ahl al-Bayt, please read this valuable article. The introduction of the article speaks about the way of God regarding the elect Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of 'Imran. It further states that they were a single progeny, one from the other (Quran 3:33).

+ "I am leaving for you two precious and weighty things that if you adhere to both of them, you shall not go astray after me. They are, the Book of Allah, and my progeny, that is, my Ahl al-Bayt (the Holy Family). The Merciful has informed me that these two shall not separate from each other till they come to me by the Kawthar (Lake-Fount of Paradise)."

The Prophet also said, "Behold! People of my household (Ahl al-Bayt) are like the Ark of Noah. Whoever embarked in it was saved, and whoever turned away from it perished."(al-Mustadrak, by al-Hakim)


Tradition of the Mantle


Its worth mentioning here the Hadith of al-Kisa (Hadith of the Mantle).

The House of Prophet Muhammad for all Muslims is 'the household of prophethood and the frequenting place of angels'.

In Islamic tradition, one important event symbolizes the status of the Ahl al-Bayt with respect to the human as well as spiritual dimensions and their closeness  to the Prophet. This is the tradition or episode of al-Kisa' (the mantle, or cloak) which the Prophet spread over himself and his family. Classical tradition was almost unanimous in interpreting this verse as referring to his daughter Fatima al-Zahra' (the Radiant), her husband and cousin,' Ali, and their two sons Hasan and Husayn.

Related on the authority of 'Abd Allah b. Jafar b. Abi Talib, we read about this event:

As the Apostle of God saw mercy descending, he demanded: 'Call them for me, call them for me!' Safiyya asked: 'Who should we call, O Messenger of God?' He answered: 'Call the people of my household: 'Ali, Fatima, Hasan, and Husayn.' When they were brought, he spread a mantle over them; then lifting his hands to heaven said: 'O God, these are the people of my House; bless, O God, Muhammad and the people of the House of Muhammad!' God then sent down the verse: Surely God wishes to remove all impurities from you, O People of the House, and sanctify you with a thorough sanctification. (The Qur'an 33:33).

In still another version of the kisa' tradition, the continuity of the Prophet's family with those of earlier prophets is clearly indicated. Wathila b. al-Asqa', on whose authority this tradition in most of its variants is related, reports the following prayer uttered by the Prophet:

O God, as you have bestowed your blessings, mercy, forgiveness, and pleasure upon Abraham and the family of Abraham, so they ['Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Husayn] are of me and I am of them! Bestow, therefore, your blessings, mercy, forgiveness and pleasure upon me and them.'

This prayer echoes a prayer which Muslims repeat daily: O God, bless Muhammad and the people of the House of Muhammad, as you have blessed Abraham and the people of the House of Abraham among all beings.

This supplication of peace and blessings upon the Ahl al-Bayt as essential part of salaat is a testimony of the sanctity of the holy family.


No Transaction except Love

Say, [O Muhammad], "I do not ask you for it (this Prophetic mission and transmission) any reward to you except (your) love (mawaddata) of my near ones (qurba). And whoever earns good, We give him an increase of good; surely Allah is Forgiving, Grateful."  ~ The Qur'an 42:23

Imam al-Hasan Ibn Ali said the following in a discourse which he delivered on the martyrdom of Imam Ali:

"... I am among Ahl al-Bayt whom Allah has made their love obligatory for any Muslim when He revealed to His Prophet: "Say: I don't ask you any wage except love in Al-Qurba and if anyone earns any good We shall give Him an increase of good (Quran 42:23)." Thus earn the good deed through loving us Ahl al-Bayt." (al-Mustadrak, by al-Hakim, al-Sawa'iq al-Muhriqah, al-Bazzar, al-Tabaran)

It is narrated from Ibn Abbas who said: "The good deed in the verse: 'And if anyone earns any good We shall give Him an increase of good' is the love of family (Aal) of the Muhammad." (Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal)


MAY ALLAH INCREASE OUR LOVE FOR THE AAL E MUHAMMAD ~ THE BLESSED FAMILY OF THE PROPHET WHO ARE AN EMBODIMENT OF HIS FACE, BODY, TEACHINGS, VIRTUES AND NOBLE CHARACTER


# References:
* The Excellences of the Imam Husayn in Sunni Hadith Tradition
* Hadith al-Kisa
* Divine Love and Supplication of the Ahl al-Bayt
* Holy Qur'an and Ahl al-Bay 


Grateful to Tasmi Q., Allah bless her for editorial contribution.


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