Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Perfect Universe

No world more perfect

قَالَ رَبُّنَا الَّذِي أَعْطَى كُلَّ شَيْءٍ خَلْقَهُ ثُمَّ هَدَى
He gave each thing its creation and instructed it [Qur’an 20:50],
that is, he explained that ta’ala [God, may He be exalted] gave everything its creation, so that no one would say, “such and such is lacking in me,” because that lack which one presumes is superficial and transitory, (presumed) on account of ignorance about oneself and an absence of trust in Allah’s word, if it came to one, [namely] He gave everything its creation [20:50].

The creation does not recognize its perfection or its lack because it is created for another, not for itself.
The one who created one rather created one for itself, not for oneself (ourself).

(Allah) only gave one what is good for (Allah) ta’ala.

The ‘abd [servant/slave] wants it to be for (him)self, not for (his) rabb [Lord];
because of this one says, “I want this,” and “I lack that.”

If one understood that one was created for one’s rabb one would know that Allah created the created in the most perfect form,suiting one’s rabb

أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ أَنْ أَكُونَ مِنَ الْجَاهِلِينَ
I take refuge in Allah that I not be among the ignorant (who don’t know this) [2:67].

This is one of the issues our companions forget, despite the greatest of them knowing it. It is one of the issues needed for knowledge, first, last, and in between, because it is the basis of divine adab [good relationship] sought by the haqq [the Real] from his creatures.
And only they know that who say,
رَبَّنَا وَسِعْتَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ رَحْمَةً وَعِلْمًا
Our rabb! you encompass everything with rahmah and knowledge [40:7].
As for the ones (the angels) who say,
قَالُوا أَتَجْعَلُ فِيهَا مَنْ يُفْسِدُ فِيهَا وَيَسْفِكُ الدِّمَاءَ
Would you put on her (on the earth) one who would spoil it and shed blood? [2:30],

They did not stay with the intent of haqq who created creation. If the matter was not as it happened (with spoiling earth and shedding blood), then many names in the divine presence would go idle, not showing their authority/force. Rasulallah s.a. said, “If you (all) did not sin, Allah would go to a people who sinned, and they would seek forgiveness, and Allah would forgive them.”
So he alerts us that everything that happens in the universe, happens for a force of a divine name to come out. And as it is like this, the matter, so there does not remain in [the totality of] all possible events any [event] more wondrous than this world, nor more perfect. There remains not in all possible events any but its like (in wonder and perfection) [and then another, its like] and so on without end,

so understand that!

Futûhât 3:143-144

Thursday, May 28, 2009

On Gnosis .....

Gnosis (ma‘rifah) is a bounty (birr) which God gives to His servant when He opens for him the door of blessings (¯al¯a’ ) and favor (na‘m¯a), beginning without the servant’s being worthy of that and then granting him guidance (hud¯a) until he believes that this is all from God, granted to him as a grace (minnah) and a favor (ni‘mah) from Him Whom he is unable to thank except by means of His assistance. And this, again, is yet another favor to him from God.
Thus he beholds the bounty (birr ) of God and guards His mystery (sirr ), for He is the bestower of success. The servant does not comprehend the modality (kayf¯ıyah) of His lordship (rub¯ub¯ıyah). However, he knows that He is one and avoids making Him similar to anything else (tashb¯ıh), or denying His attributes (ta‘t.¯ıl ), or attributing to Him a modality (taky¯ıf ), or making Him unjust (tajn¯ıf ). This, then, is faith, which beholds God’s bounty (birr ) and guards His mystery (sirr ).

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Di antara Tanda-tanda Kasih kepada ALLAH.......

ومنها أن لا يتأسف على مما يفوته ما سوى الله عز وجل

ويعظم تأسفه على فوت كل ساعة خلت عن ذكر الله تعالى وطاعته

فيكثر رجوعه عند الغفلات بالاستعطاف والاستعتاب والتوبة

Di antara tanda-tanda kasih hamba kepada ALLAH, ialah:

bahwa ia tidak bersedih atas apa yang luput daripadanya, daripada selain ALLAH ‘Azza wa Jalla. Dan bersangatanlah kesedihan hatinya di atas ke­luputan setiap sa’at yang kosong dari zikir dan ta’at kepada ALLAH Ta’ala. Maka banyaklah kembalinya ketika lalai, kepada ALLAH Ta’ala dengan minta dikasihani, mencela diri dan bertaubat.


The Intimate Supplication (Munajat) of Our Liege-lord (Sayyidina) Gabriel

O Allah that bestow splendour and stow spite!
(That) let off faults and cover swathe!
(That) hold the foremost amnesty, top discharge, and infinite forgiveness!
Your Hands are broadened with mercy!
You listen to all secret conversations and You Are the destination of moans;
O Most Generous Forgiving!
O Most Giver! O Most Releaser of obstructions!
O Initial Donator of graces without being deserved!
O God! O Master! O Lord! I ask You not to distort my being neither in this life’s decay nor in next life’s anguish!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ilmu Tangga Kasih

Sahal r.a. berkata:
وعلامة حب الله وحب القرآن حب النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم
وعلامة حب النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم حب السنة
وعلامة حب السنة حب الآخرة
وعلامة حب الآخرة بغض الدنيا
وعلامة بغض الدنيا أن لا يأخذ منها الا زادا وبلغة الى الآخرة
“Tanda mengasihi ALLAH, ialah mengasihi Al-Qur’an.
Tanda mengasihi ALLAH dan mengasihi Al-Qur’an, ialah mengasihi Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم
Tanda mengasihi Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم
ialah mengasihi sunnah.
Tanda mengasihi sunnah, ialah mengasihi akhirat.
Tanda mengasihi akhirat, ialah memarahi dunia.
Dan tanda memarahi dunia, ialah bahwa Ia tiada me­ngambil daripadanya, kecuali perbekalan dan yang menyampaikan ke akhi­rat”.

Secret of Purification

Ibn 'Arabî points out (V, 148-49) that
"the divine knowledge received directly from God's Presence through revelation ('ilm ladunnî ilâhî mashrû') has a single taste - even if the places where it is drunk may differ, they do not differ in being good: and whether it is good or better, it is all pure, without any corruption... For the prophets and saints and everyone who informs us from God all say the same thing of God...not differing among themselves, and confirming one another - just as the pure rain from the sky is not different when it falls.
So let the foundation of your purification of your heart be with water like this - with nothing but knowledge known through divine revelation (shar'), which has been likened to rainwater. ... then your own essence and your purification (of it) will be like that spring from which water flows forth. And if you should differentiate sweetness or saltiness (in what is claimed to all be 'revealed' rainwater), then know that your perceptions are sound! This is a topic to which I have not found anyone alluding. And yet the person who eats sugar knows its sweetness like that, and knows that there is something wrong with the bitterness of aloes: they don't need a "rational proof" (dalîl 'aqlî) (to recognize the difference)! Now I have definitely pointed this out to you, so take my indication to heart - and watch out!

Now that that is established, my friend, start employing the forms of knowledge given by the revelation (shar') in (purifying) your own essence, and use the knowings of the saints and the true Knowers who took them from God in your own spiritual exercises and spiritual efforts and exertions, refraining from the excesses (i.e., the desires) of the bodily members and the promptings of the egoistic self (the nafs) For if you cannot distinguish between those waters (i.e., which are truly pure and divinely revealed, and which polluted by human interference), then know that something is wrong with your nature, that it has somehow been corrupted. In that case we can do nothing for you, except that God may help you, through His Lovingmercy."

Monday, May 11, 2009

death: Meeting with Beloved

إن إبراهيم عليه السلام قال لملك الموت إذ جاءه لقبض روحه: هل رأيت خليلا يميت خليله
فأوحى الله تعالى إليه: هل رأيت محبا يكره لقاء حبيبه فقال يا ملك الموت الآن فاقبض
bahwa Nabi Ibrahim as. mengatakan ke­pada Malaikat Maut, ketika datang kepadanya untuk mengambil nyawa­nya:
“Adakah engkau melihat Teman (khalil) itu mematikan temanNya ?”.
Maka ALLAH Ta’ala menurunkan wahyu kepada Nabi Ibrahim a.s.:
“Ada­kah engkau melihat Yang Mengasihi itu tidak suka akan bertemu yang kasihiNya?”. Maka Nabi Ibrahim a.s. berkata:
“Hal Malaikat maut! Sekarang maka ambillah nyawa itu!”.