Be still and know your Lord

Harpu u'de'u ki-anokhi Elohim
arum baggoyim, 

arum ba'aretz.

Be still, and know that I am God:
I shall be exalted among the nations,
I shall be exalted in the earth.
- Psalms of David, 46:10

All praise and thanks are due to Allah Most High, and may His benedictions and salutations be upon His messenger, and the progeny and companions of His messenger.

O you who yearn for eternal beauty, traveler on the path of true aspiration, may Allah make you successful in knowing the true way, finding it, and being upon it. May He use you and us in actions that please Him and are done for His sake. For the beginning and the end and what is in between and success in them all, belong only to Him.

The way and means to eternal salvation and bliss in coming close to the Truth. Allah Himself teaches us the meaning of His closeness to us. He teaches us by sending us His prophets. We say, “We believe.” It is the truth. We accept and confirm it. The only thing then left for us to do is to follow the teachings and the examples of His prophet.

First, you must believe in the oneness and uniqueness of the One Who is before the before and after the after, who created us and everything else, and you must not associate with Him anything unbefitting the purity of HIS Essence. He Himself says in His divine book:

If there in them gods besides Allah, (the heaven and the earth) would both have been in disorder (mixing and dashing and being destroyed). (Anbiya, 22)

The wills of many creators would clash and cancel each other, not permitting anything to be or to happen. Therefore, if we and all existence exist, HE – the One and Unique Creator – exists, and He has no associates.

O you with beautiful nature and pure heart, do not debate, discuss, even talk with people who attribute partners to Allah. There is no use in trying to convince them. Even the deniers will finally concede:

And if you ask them who created the heavens and the earth, they will say, the Creator God. (Luqman, 25)

They as well will finally admit an unknown force as the initial Creator of the creation – but they will add to Him further creators. The difference between them and the believers is that they suppose that others, among the created, are also able to create. You do not have to prove to them the existence of Allah. Let them prove, if they can, the existence of His associates.

This is sufficient advice for you on the subject of professing the oneness of Allah. Time is valuable. You cannot be careless with it. If the mind has reached a state in which it is free from doubt and the heart is safe and secure. It makes no sense to disturb this peace with superfluous proofs.

The second matter of importance for one who wishes to learn is the belief that Allah Most High is free from all resemblance to anything visible or invisible in the creation. HE is free from all defect.

There are some who, wanting to see the image of their Creator, err, and liken Him to a human being. Let Allah’s own words be your guide in this. HE says:

Nothing is like HIM. (Surah 11)

Any thought, any word, any quality or attribute not corresponding to this principal is a falsehood, unworthy of the Divine. Therefore seek no further than the fact that none resemble or are like HIM. That is HIS reality. This is also confirmed by the declaration of HIS messenger, who said, “At the beginning was Allah, and none with Him.” The ones who followed him added to this statement, “IT is now as IT was.” As It was before the creation, It is after the creation.

From the time when matter was hidden under the veil of nonexistence and there was no form, nothing has been added or subtracted. Though HE has created the creation, still there are none like HIM. Nothing is like HIM. Nothing is HIM. The divine word that HE is without likeness cancels all other thoughts, claims and interpretations.

You must also accept, and believe, even if you do not understand, the allegorical verses of the Holy Qur’an and the ambiguous statement of the Messenger of Allah concerning the unity and the ultimate cause, as well as the declarations of the prophets which have come to us unaltered. You must consider that the significance of these words is a part of divine knowledge and that as such, you accept them.

The monumental meanings of these holy expressions are for the understanding of people who are close enough to Allah to be able to see His beautiful attributes.

There is no better proof of the perfection of the Divine, who is self-existent and whose existence is necessity for the existence of all else, than the holy verse:

Nothing is like Him…

Allah declares with this verse HIS being, HIS essence, HIS divine nature, HIS limitless greatness, HIS glory. So write in your heart and mind this principle, this foundation of faith, and believe in Allah’s prophet, and the message that he brought from the Divine Truth, and in Allah’s orders and justice. Furthermore, have faith in the true declaration of all the prophets known and unknown.

La ilaha illa Allah
There is but One God.

- by Shaykhul-Akbar, Ibn Arabi, What the Seekers Need

All Sufi and people of Truth (ahl e Haqq) are unanimous on the Tawhid (Oneness) of Allah which are:

Allah is One and Unique in It’s Being, in It’s Attribute of Perfection Allah is without a second, Allah has no partner, there is nothing comparable to Allah. Allah is One from the beginningless beginning to the endless end, In It’s own being there is none like It. Allah is free and pure from every loss or danger. All is dependent on Allah and Allah is independent of all.

Allah is before all, Allah is all Knowing, Allah is Living, Allah is Present from ever and will never be destroyed. Allah’s Being has no beginning and no end; Allah is Lord, Owner, Sustainer, Most Merciful and Compassionate. Allah Wills, Allah Do anything through Will, Allah is Knowledgable of all things, Allah is Creator, Allah is Provider of Sustenance, Allah is Hearer, Allah is Seeing, Allah is Victorious over all Things, Allah’s might is unequalled, Allah is the Greatest, the Most Venerable, Allah is most compassionate to servants, Allah is the Owner of Veneration, Maker and Reconstructor, Allah is the container of all qualities.

Allah has many Names describing Allah’s qualities by which Allah is called. In Allah’s Being and in Allah’s Attributes, there is none like Allah. There is no likeness in the creation to match Allah. Allah is present before time. There is none ancient than Allah, except Allah there is no other true Lord, Allah has no body, no form. Allah is neither man, nor any object, and is free from size or shape attribute. Allah neither moves nor remain still, neither increase nor decrease and Allah has no divisible parts. Allah is pure from any limbs like human beings. Allah is not attributable to face any direction, no direction is direction for Allah. Allah is free from dimension and time. Change of time is needed for creation and for things anew, but Allah is free from all such needs. Allah is free from all calamities. Neither slumber nor sleeps reach Allah. No time can change Allah. Allah is pure from taking assistance from anyone. No place or dimension can encompass Allah but Allah encompasses all place and all dimensions. Time dimension applies only to creation, but not to Allah. Allah is free from past, present or future. No-thing can cover or hide Allah. Allah is manifest and at the same time beyond vision. Allah is so purely subtle and so grandly manifest, vision of the physical reality can not grasp Allah.

Allah is free from part and divisions. Allah’s Being, Attribute and Work does not depend on anyone and none can claim that Allah is Lord only when creation worship or acknowledge Allah or Allah is Provider (ar Razzaq) only when Allah provides. Allah is Lord even before worship is made and Allah is Provider even before provision is given. Allah is free from consulting anyone, Allah does what Allah Wills. No Work of Allah can be compared with the work of creation.

Human conceptions fall short of reaching the total reality of Allah yet Allah is nearer to Allah’s servants. Allah is, as Allah was, and will be.

Huwa Awwalu wal Akhiru, waz Zahiru wal Batinu wa Huwa bi kulli Alim. Laisa kamislihi shaiyyun. As Samiul Baseer.

The First and the Last, from pre-Eternity to post-Eternity. Hidden and Manifest, Knower of all Sciences. There is nothing like HU. The Hearer, The Seer.

- From the writings of Hzrt Mawlana Shah Karamal Ali (r), Zakhiraye Karamat.

"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear well, the blessed Lord our God, the Lord is One.'"  
- transmission of Isa ibn Maryam

A sufi was asked what is ma'arifa (gnosis of God)?
He replied, it is the knowledge, upon attaining which you become aware of the limits of your knowledge.
For that reason we may pray without ceasing with the blessed prayer of our Master (s), "Rabbi zidni ilman war zuqni fahman." 'O Lord advance me in knowledge and true understanding'  - for the knowledge of Allah is inexhaustible.

God alone is God.
The totality of Godhead is beyond comprehension.
God alone is God.



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Technology of the Heart: Be still and know your Lord
Be still and know your Lord
Technology of the Heart
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