Archive Pages Design$type=blogging

Saad and the Reminder by Khalid M Malik Ghouri

Arabic Letter Swad Saad Sad

The path of the mystic is an invisible path,
traced out through the universe from the beginning of time.

Its beginning, if there is any beginning,
is set by the yearning of man to know his God,
and its end, if there could even be an end,
is the knowing of God.

~ Reshad Feild

How knowledge permeates within human being is mysterious. That is why there are many different perspectives towards this phenomena. Even secular scientists find it endlessly fascinating to study how babies learn and all the complex mechanism that are in play. From spiritual and philosophical perspective, some say, we already have all the knowledge, all we need is to remember. Another view point tells us that true knowledge is bestowed by God's grace alone and we only have to be open to receive it, no human effort can access that knowledge on their lone effort. The other view point categorizes knowledge and tells us that there are certain knowledge which can be acquired and the other kind is received from heart to heart, from people of gnosis and also from above. All of these point of view may carry truth in different proportion, God knows the best.

From the world in which we live in we can observe that a child even before intellectually understanding his or her relationship with the Mother / to comprehend who really the Mother is in relation to her, at certain point in time at a quite early stage she starts to call the Mother. And there is also a recognition that goes on between the infant and Mother through which if the impression of the Mother's face is missing, if her presence is missing from the child, the child start to cry on her own and it is only through the presence, the voice and reflection of the face that the child becomes tranquil and peaceful again. This communication is not unique to human beings, we see this across the animal kingdom as well.

The calling of the Mother by a child is a Sign that can be considered as a pointer for understanding of the practice of remembrance which is known as Zecher in Hebrew and Dhikr in Arabic and Zikr in Persian and Urdu. Just as the calling of Mother precedes even intellectual comprehension of relationship of the child with her mother, similarly the remembrance of the Name of God is the beginning of deepening the relation and this precedes knowing about God.

Rumi says, "Listen to the moan of the Dog at the departure of his master. That moan is the connection."

Many people have this idea that they can know God. This is like a fish thinking that he can know about the entire ocean and the universe. "They can encompass nothing of His knowledge except what He wills," and all the collective knowledge of humanity from the dawn of history till the Final Hour is less than a drop in comparison to the Knowledge about God, of God. Thus the presumption that limited human mind and even more limited human knowledge can know about God and comprehend that knowledge is a false illusion. No matter how much sophistication humanity arrive collectively at, we remain, in the eyes of God, like infant child.

Just as for the child who is taught how to call the Mother upon whom she utterly depends, humanity is also taught by God by the transmission of divine knowledge through many Messengers to call Him by His Beautiful Names. This is a knowledge which is Universal. The ancient religious paths which survived also carry the same spiritual practice. The Sanatana Dharma or Hindu Path has the practice called Nama Japa which literally means, Recitation of Divine Names. The Hebrew Path also has divinely revealed 72 names of God. Jesus is known to have called upon special Names of the Divine for activating Healing such as the Divine Name of The Ever Living, the Light and the Opener (Ephphatha). Following the same footstep in Islam the cosmic unveiling of Divine Names continue and such Divine Names are called the Beautiful Names / Asmaul Husna which traditionally are 99 in number encapsulating the primary attributes of God.

All the spiritual practices of Islam revolves around remembrance of God. The most frequent Sadhana or Spiritual Practice of Islam is Salaat or Daily Prayer, about which the Quran says, Establish Salaat for the purpose of Divine Remembrance. Salaat literally means connection, thus the central reason to establish Divinely connection is to Remember God. Similarly for every other practice the central activity is calling God by His Beautiful Names which are revealer of His Attributes or the Gnosis and thus Remembrance of Him.

The Mystics of Islam or the Sufis heavily immerse themselves in Dhikr or Zikr because it is the Most Exalted of Practices which involves the Name as well as the Remembrance. The Quran declares, "Dhikr of Allah is the Greatest" (Dhikrullahi akbar). Since Mystics bring both the inner and the outer together, thus the external activities are imbued with their inner realities and for every single practice the inner reality or haqiqa is Dhikr, is Remembrance.

Khalid M. Malik Ghouri, a contemporary Sufi Teacher and writer has a very beneficial book on the Beautiful Names of Allah, called Saad and the Reminder. The Book not only introduces the Divine Names of God, each of which are portal to Divine Gnosis but also their significance and associated Meditation, Abjad or Arabic Sacred Numerology of each of the Beautiful Names.

From the introduction of this book: 
This book has been written in such a way that it will guide the seeker to Allah. Normally the 99 Attributes of Allah start with the personal Name, Allah, which is the Ism Zaat, and finish on the ninety-ninth Attribute, As Saboor – The Patient One. In this book we are trying to get back to Allah, therefore the book starts from Allah’s Attribute, As Saboor, and finishes at the Ism Zaat, personal Name, Allah. For those who already ‘know’ Allah, they can read this book from the right (or from back to front in case of E-book) as in Arabic, Urdu or Persian. That is they can start with the Ism Zaat, Allah, and finish on Allah’s Attribute As Saboor. Those who are seeking Allah can start from the left as in the Latin languages from Allah’s Attribute As Saboor and finish at the Ism  Zaat, Allah.No matter which direction the reader approaches this book, each one shall find something of interest to him or her, Inshaa Allah.

May Allah preserve the author and open the door of benefit for us. Divine Benediction and Salutation to the Final Messenger.

Click on the image below to access the Book in PDF format 

You may also download another of his book called, Meem wa Salaat (Meem and the Prayer) from this site.

"The most beloved of deeds according to Allah is that you die and yet your tongue is still moist from the remembrance of Allah." - Sacred Tradition of Islam, via Ibn Hibban, Hasan

# References:
* Meem Connection


Follow the Author on Facebook


99 names abida activism adab adamandeveit advaita advice alchemy alchemy of the divine Ali alka Allah almsgiving americandiary anab analysis antiwar art article ascetic attributes audio authority award bahai bahaullah bangla bangladesh baul bawa beauty bengali bhakti bible bill whitehouse biography blog book book review booklog bosnia breath bual buddha buddhism calligraphy carnival carolyn charity children Christ christian christianity Christology click comparative comparative religion compassion consciousness contemplative tradition conversation cosmology counsel creative creative thought creative thoughts crucifixion current affairs dante darshan death deception democracy desert spirituality desire destiny devotion Dhikr diary documentary donation download dreamwork DVD dying earth ecospirituality ego egypt eid end time endtime enlightenment eschatology esoteric ethics event evil exegesis exergesis experience faith fast fasting feminine folk forgiveness freedom from sectarianism fundraising ghayb gita globaloneness gnosis God golden sufi gospel governance grace gratitude guestblog guide on the path gurdjieff hadith hadra hafez hafiz haiku hajj haqiqat haqqu hasidic headscarf headscarves healing health heart hinduism history house rent humanright humor husayn illusion imamuddin imran-hosein in_quest_of_oasis inayat khan infographic inspiration integral spirituality interview islam islamophobia jesus Jesus Christ Jewish journalism judaism justice kabir kahlil gibran kenwilber Koan Koran krishna language last age law of attraction life link Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee love love. inspiration lyric mahmud shabistari maktub malamat mansur hallaj mary mary magdalene Mawlid meditation meditative quranic verse mercy metaphysics miracle miraj Mohammad mosque movie Muhammad music muslim mystic mysticism mysticsaint poetry mysticsaint prayer mysticsaint thought Nachman naomi naqshbandi nature news news. jesus tomb old age oneness origin original osho palestine paradox peace philosophy photography pir zia inayat khan pluralism podcast poem poem on God poetry poety poll porshee positive psychology poverty practice prayer presence present project Prophet Muhammad protest psychology qawwali question quote Quran quranic qurbani rabbi meir ben Baruch ramadan reality reincarnation relation religion Remembrance resource Resurrection retreat review roundup rumi sacred activism sacred geometry sacrifice saint saints saying sayings of Prophet science secret secularism self service Shadhiliyya shamanism Shamcher Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee shrine Sidi Sikh social media sohbet song soul sound speedlink spiritual spiritual materials spirituality Sponsored statistics story submission sufi sufi healing sufi podcast sufi poetry carnival sufi tale sufi tariqa sufi text sufi wisdom sufi-infographic sufihaqqu sufis sufism sufism wisdom sufism. hinduism sufitale surrender survey symbology tafsir tagore tantra tao teaching technology ted temple terrorism the secret thelogy thought thoughts time translation travel tribute truth unity upanishad vatican veda veil video view violence visit webcast wisdom witness woman workshop worship yoga zakat zawiya zen zen mind Zikr
Technology of the Heart: Saad and the Reminder by Khalid M Malik Ghouri
Saad and the Reminder by Khalid M Malik Ghouri
Technology of the Heart
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago