Monday, February 15, 2010

He who is near


"To Allah belongs the East and the West.
So, whichever way you turn, there is the Face of Allah.
Indeed, Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing." [Qur'an 2:115]
In whichever direction you turn, be it with your face or your mind, towards the east or the west, as you witness the Haqq, there at that locus of your witnessing, you will have found something that proves His existence and His Oneness. That which you have reached through your intelligence/mind, will come to a halt as He shall certainly prevail over what your intelligence/mind arrives at. Therefore, let your witnessing of the existence of each and every thing brings about a witnessing of His existence.
As your witnessing of His existence becomes firm and lasting, your witnessing of everything else shall vanish and all that is left in your vision is Allah. You will become certain of His existence, as certain as His words in the Qur'anic verse:
"Indeed We have created man, and We know whatever thoughts his inner self develops, and We are closer to him than (his) jugular vein," [50:16]
Meaning: God's directives in regards to a person's life or death are nearer to him than his jugular vein through which God has caused him to live. Verily his jugular vein is closest to him than any other things as God has caused him to live therewith. So let not your witnessing stops at the jugular vein. Just as He has created you and your jugular vein and makes you alive, He has the power to make you die as He has absolute control over the vein. Consequently, Allah can make you become alive without having the jugular vein as the cause. Through such witnessing, our certainties on Him being the ultimate life-giver and giver of death, will become stronger. This goes to prove that He is God whose Will is closer to one than one's jugular vein.
- Translated from Kitab Qatrul Ghaisiah a Malay book on Sufism by Husin Nasir Mohd

O son, take heed of this lesson. Many pseudo-Sufis fall into the error of misinterpreting this verse. They conveniently and carelessly regard it as God being so near to them that they are Him. Astaghfirullah. The truth is that He is nearer to us than the thing that is nearest to us - our jugular vein, that He could take our lives away very easily without the need for secondary causes. This verse should make one feels awe of His power and be amazed at how in control He is over us; NOT a verse that gives one a license to do anything one fancies, thinking that God has taken a place in one's body. Subhanallah amma yushrikun. Glorified is He above all that He is associated with.      
May Allah guide us onto the Straight Path and protect us from blasphemy. Ameen.

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