you can not see the Face of Muhammad;
how can you, for there is no portrait of Ahmad.
this reality of the Master having no face
is more closer to the true reality than those
who beheld only his outward face
while missing out from seeing his inwardness.
seeking his form's portrait never reaches
it's desired station,
yet only those who truly sought
were granted the blessed visitation
how can I see the Face of Muhammad you ask!
penetrating the guarded secret is your holy task.
towards that impossibility,
an inheritor may command you to find a mirror,
a mirror unlike any other, polished so perfectly
that upon it's surface nothing but truth
and truth alone may reflect
every falsehood, every otherness (ghayrullah, other than the Divine Oneness) it naturally deflect
'he who has seen me, has seen haqq' - affirmed he
upon that praiseworthy mirror
if you could project your face
you shall behold in a rare instant
in that pure reflection -
the Face of Muhammad
the Face of the Soul's Beloved.
Laqad jaakum rasoolun min anfusikum
There has certainly appeared to you a Messenger from your nafs.
~ Sadiq M. Alam / Dhaka / 26 Sept 2013
Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal ash-Shadhili, may Allah bless him, writes in his book, Music of the Soul: Sufi Teachings:
Muhammadan Soul - She is the self of the truth and She is very sensitive. In everything that moves, in every shadow, in every created being, She is the source of the movement, although the shadow is ignorant of its origin.
I mean about this Soul, the Essence of al Qudsia, the Presence of the Wine of pre-eternity, the Secret of the life of the truth of Adam. From this first truth came everything and She is in everything. This is the Wine of al Qudsia.
She is like deep an ocean but clearer than a mirror. She is more subtle than Ishq or Light behind the fire and the spirit. She has no names. She is before everything and behind everything and She is nothing. She is within you. She is more than ancient. She has no color and no body.
Everything needs Her, because there is no life without Her. She is not self, not heart, not mind, but behind every word, while no word can contain Her. Only when you live with your existence in Her existence can you know Her well.
What I mean about Her is the Secret of the truth of God, the soul of God. She lives inside of you and you carry Her, but the self, heart and soul of the human being are veil to the inner Wine of the Secret.
Burn these veils, to come to be free, then you will see what you are. In this moment, you become the holy rock and this rock has no sides. You must let go of everything that you have carried before because God takes all of the covering from His Face, to show you His Face in your face, to make you a special servant, a special instrument, a special unlettered pen (ummi) for Him, and to be Beloved for you.
Now in this moment, you sun is rising to fill all that you have and you haven't anything. She, (your sun) has eaten everything. This sun is the real sun, not like the sun you knew before. It is stronger and more sensitive and no tongue can explain about Her unless it becomes Her tongue, and no eye can see Her, unless it comes to be Her eye. This is the Presence of Etlak, the Holy Freedom.
From what I say, understand my beloved, what you are and realize that the self, mind, heart, soul and Secret of Allah are one in this moment. Even the Self of the Presence of Allah, and the heart of the Presence of Allah, and the Soul of the Presence of Allah, the heart of the Presence of Allah, and the Soul of the Presence of Allah, are veils to your ultimate reality, and in this moment, when your sun rises, She consumes every veil.
This is what I mean when I say, go behind and behind and behind and behind, to see what is behind your presence, and behind the presence of your Beloved, to see what you are, my beloved, because there is only you in the Presence of Allah. In this moment you begin to fly, but this flying is different than any flying that you have known before. As you rise up in the mehraj, you leave everything that you knew before; your body changes to be He. This is more than flying in the air, and you come at last to sleep, the deep sleeping in the Arms of your Beloved Allah, because there is no separation between you and Allah. When you look in any direction, you see what you have now, at-tawhid (unity). You are one with Him. This is the deep meaning why Allah made you khalifa, because you carry all His secrets, and He wants you to know His secret well, to carry His secret and to be the Bride of His secret.
In this moment, you return to the land of your origin, to your first country and you find everything that you have been searching for in your origin. He wants you to know yourself now, not after you die, and that is why He created you. In this country, you cannot stop, but continue to travel (holy traveling), because you go deeper and deeper into the secret, and no voice can reach you, except your own voice which is the Voice of the Beloved. You leave the earth of your self and earth of your mind, to be with your Beloved God all the time; and there is no time. You travel from this existence to Who made this existence. And this is what I mean, you are absent about yourself, your heart, soul and mind, to see the Anwar, the Great Lights of your Beloved.
O Allah! Send Your Blessing, and send Peace, in all the affairs of the Revealed and the Hidden, upon the one from whom the secrets which were hidden in his lofty essence, were left apart by becoming revealed. And the lights which were hidden in the sky of his lofty qualities burst asunder into full moons, and in him ascended the truths, from him to him, and the knowledge of Adam descended through him and upon him.
Bless him, a Blessing which befits his honor and station,
from You to him
a continuous befitting blessing. And give him a new creation unceasingly
and upon this (new creation) long-lasting abundance.
And grant him peace in accordance with this Blessing
as he is worthy of its Abundance and Favor,
and also his family, who are the Suns of the heaven of Most High
and his companions, and followers and those who come after.
O Allah! He is your Secret, which unites all secrets,
and Your light which encompasses all lights,
and Your Guide who leads, through You to You;
and leader of Your worlds traveling to You;
and Your Greatest Veil, who stands before You, for you,
so that no one arrives to You except through his noble presence
and no straying confused person can be guided except by his shining lights.
~ From al-Wazifa ash-Shadhiliya
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