Monday, 15 August 2011

The Spirit is by the Command of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD):

         Ruh is the reflection of the Divine presence in man.
Hope you're all doing good and benefitting from this month of Ramadan as much as possible and high in Imaan inshallah   

The spirit is the Ruh, that underlying essence of the human individual which survives death.

The Holy Qur’an says:

“This life of the world is just a pastime and a game. And, indeed, the home of the Hereafter is the real life, if they know.” (29:64)

Ruh or spirit is the core of man’s being, yet it remains hidden. During human life on earth, the spirit and the body are united but then there is a temporary separation during death with the final union to take place in the life thereafter.

According to Muslim scholars, Ruh is the reflection of the Divine presence in man. The Holy Qur’an declares that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)) has blown His spirit into human body:
 “When I have made him and have breathed into him of My spirit, (I ordered the angles to) bow down, prostrating yourself before him. (15:29 also see 38:72 and 32:8)

The status of being the recipient of Divine spirit elevated man from his humble origin, enabled him to overcome the baser part of his nature, and made him worthy of being the vicegerent of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).

Since human body is from the earth while the spirit is from the heaven and Divine, it always longs to be united with whom it was separated from. It is stated in Qur’an “to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)  we belong, to Him is our return.”

Rumi says in his book, Masnavi that the reason why a child cries the first moment after it is born on earth is because it realizes its exile from the higher place. It is unhappy because it seems captive in this worldly body. Explaining the idea of the captivity of the spirit, Rumi narrates a Quranic story. It says that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) made a statue of Adam and asked the Ruh to enter into the body but it refused saying, ‘Lord, I do not want to be imprisoned in this physical body’. Then God told the angels to sing and dance, and on hearing their song and with the rhythm of the dance the soul went into delight, and in that condition it entered the body. Rumi says that the reason why every soul is longing to attain something is that it is in exile and a captive in this physical body.

Due to the captivity of the spirit and limitation of his physical body, man’s vision remains small and narrow. Man’s innermost being can not be satisfied except for a short time by outside factors. There always comes a time when every one finds that nothing pleases him even if he possesses all what he wants. His lack of freedom causes a continual longing for spiritual achievements. And when man reaches the stage of spiritual attainment and gets closer to its origin, he gets inner satisfaction, he develops the outlook of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and his manners become the manners of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).

The human creature, it was realized, was made up of four constituent parts: the body (jism), the mind (aql), the spirit (Ruh), and the self (nafs).

The first two need little comment. Less familiar (at least to people of a modern education) are the third and fourth categories.  

The spirit is the Ruh, that underlying essence of the human individual which survives death.

Prophet, upon who be blessings and peace, says that “Verily in the body there is a piece of flesh. If it is sound, the body is all sound. If it is corrupt, the body is all corrupt. Verily, it is the heart.

 The word spirit is connected with breath and, therefore, with air.
The breath is what keeps us alive and yet air was a mystery in that it was invisible.
Spirit, therefore, stands for something very subtle. It refers to inner experiences - consciousness, conscience and will. It is responsible for revelation, inspiration, intuition and insight as opposed to knowledge which comes through the outer senses. The Spirit is by the Command of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD):-

    "They ask thee concerning the Spirit. Say: The Spirit is by command of my Lord, and of knowledge ye have been vouchsafed but little." 17:85

    "It is naught save mercy from thy Lord." 17:87

We may suppose that it refers to something very fundamental which cannot be explained in terms of anything else.

 It is by or comes by the command of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).

It may refer to a fundamental force in the Universe which carries information or Truth, for Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) has created everything with his Word and with Truth.

It is likely that the stage by stage condensation of the Spirit is responsible for all levels of the heavens and earths.

    "Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) it is who created seven heavens and of the earth the like thereof. The Commandment cometh down among them slowly, that ye may know that Allah is able to do all things and that Allah surroundeth all things in knowledge." 65:12

    "But His command when he intendeth a thing is only that he says unto it: Be! And it is “36:82

    "He created the heavens and the earth with truth, and He shaped you and made good your shapes and unto Him is the journeying." 64:3 and 6:73

    "His Word is Truth, and His will be the Sovereignty on the day when the trumpet is blown." 6:74

The Spirit ascends into Heaven and descends into the earth.

    "From Allah, Lord of the Ascending Stairways whereby the angels and the spirit ascend unto Him in a Day whereof the span is fifty thousand years." 70:3-4

    "The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by the permission of their Lord, with all decrees.

 Peace until the rising of the Dawn." 97:3-5

These two verses speak about two different cycles of events - there appears to be a spiritual circulation.

    "Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, the Beneficent; with whom none can argue.

 On the Day when the angels and the Spirit stand arrayed, they speak not, saving him whom the Beneficent allows and who speaks right.

That is the True Day. So who so will, should seek recourse unto his Lord?" 78:38

This refers to the Final Day of Judgment. The Universe itself is a cycle and will be wound up (28:88).

Things begin with the Spirit and end with it. The Divine Spirit has been breathed into man and this is what gives him consciousness:-

    "So when I have made him (man) and have breathed into him of My Spirit, do ye (angels) fall down, prostrating yourselves unto him?" 15:29 also 38:72

    "He directed the ordinance from the heavens unto the earth; then it ascends unto Him in a Day, whereof the measure is a thousand years of that ye reckon.

 Such is the knower of the invisible and the visible, the Mighty, the Merciful, who made all things good which He created, and He began the creation of man from clay; then

He made his seed from a draught of despised fluid; then He fashioned him and breathed into him of His spirit; and appointed for you hearing, and sight and hearts.

Small thanks give ye! And they say: When we are lost in the earth, how can we then be re-created? Nay but they are disbelievers in the meeting with their Lord." 32:7-10

According to the early Islamic psychologists, the Ruh is a non-material reality which pervades the entire human body, but is centered on the heart, the qalb.

It represents that part of man which is not of this world, and which connects him with his Creator, and which, if he is fortunate, enables him to see Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) in the next world.

When we are born, this Ruh is intact and pure. As we are initiated into the distractions of the world, however, it is covered over with the 'rust' (ran) of which the Quran speaks.

This rust is made up of two things: sin and distraction. When, through the process of self-discipline, these are banished, so that the worshipper is preserved from sin and is focusing entirely on the immediate presence and reality of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), the rust is dissolved, and the Ruh once again is free.

The heart is sound; and salvation, and closeness to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), is achieved. 

This sounds simple enough. However, the early Muslims taught that such precious things come only at an appropriate price.

Cleaning up the Augean stables of the heart is a most excruciating challenge.

 Outward conformity to the rules of religion is simple enough; but it is only the first step.

Much more demanding is the policy known as mujahada: the daily combat against the lower self, the nafs.

The Quran says: 'As for him that fears the standing before his Lord, and forbids his nafs its desires, for him, Heaven shall be his place of resort."

Hence the Sufi commandment: 

    'Slaughter your ego with the knives of mujahada.'

Once the nafs is controlled, then the heart is clear, and the virtues proceed from it easily and naturally. 

If the spirit wins the battle, the heart will be transformed into spirit and, at the same time, transmutes its soul, engulfing her with spiritual light. Then the heart reveals itself; it becomes the lamp (Mishkaat) of Divine Mystery (sirr) in man

  Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam :“When a believer commits a sin, a dark spot appears on his heart. If he repents and seeks forgiveness (of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), his heart becomes spotless again. But if he persists in sin, the dark spot increases. This is the spot that has been mentioned in the Qur’an: “But on their hearts is the stain of (the ill) which they do.” (83:14)

Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam:
“Inside the human body there is a piece of flesh which, if it is healthy, the whole body is healthy and if it becomes unhealthy, the whole body gets unhealthy. That is al-qalb.” (Sahih Bukhari)

Other Hadith mention that if the sinner does not repent, and instead keeps on committing sins, the stain on his heart increases and gets more darkened until it overwhelms the whole heart. Ultimately, the heart of sinner is sealed and he becomes spiritually dead.

For the purpose of simplification, nafs can be thought of as the outer man, Ruh as the inner man, and qalb, the composite faculties of reasoning and decision-making, and a bridge between the two.

Man, being the vicegerent of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) on earth and the theater wherein the Divine qualities are reflected, can reach felicity only by remaining faithful to his nature or by being truly himself. And this in turn implies that he must become integrated. Man is composed of body, mind, nafs and spirit, and each needs to be integrated on its own level. The integration of man means the realization of the One and the transmutation of the many in the light of the One. Integration and unity of man himself as well as of the whole humanity has always been the highest goal of Islam. It is also an essential part of basic Islamic belief of Tawhid.

The same concept has been highlighted by a Sufi poet as:” See but One, say but One, know but one, in this, the roots and branches of faith are summed up.”

The heart can not be healthy i.e. successful, righteous, contented, pleased, assured except by the worship of Allah Subhanahu WA Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)

Ta’aala (GOD), love of Him and repentance to Him as it has an inherent need for its Lord. According to the Holy Qur’an, the heart will remain restless until it rests in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD):

“For sure it is in the remembrance of God that the heart finds rest,” (13:28)

May the spirit of Ramadan Illuminate the world and show us the way to peace and harmony.

“There is no heart that is not covered by a cloud just like a cloud covers the moon when it is shining, and so it suddenly goes dark, but when it (the cloud) goes away, it shines again [heart].”

The clouds are the sins that may come over ones heart and when the heart is covered it hides the brightness and restricts body from doing good deeds [Effects the actions of body, limbs, tongue]. When the heart becomes hardened then it becomes target for the shaytan, lusts, evil.

Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam :.Saw a woman embracing her child and holding him to her bosom, Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam 
 asked the Sahabas do you think this mother will ever throw her child into the fire. Sahaba said no. Such will be  Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) will be merciful to his servants for their repentance to Him. Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is more happy to his servant when they ask for repentance then this women is to her child.
“The believers will be brought closer to  Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) on the Day of Judgment until it will be a one on one conversation with  Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).  Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) takes account of sins one after another. Allah shall shield you with kanafa (hide deed with) from other people. Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) tells the person you know you did this and this. The believer will admit to all the sins. Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)swt will say “I hid it from the people and on this day I shall forgive you.”

Repentance to be accepted one must:

 (1) stop committing sin,

(2)Regret and be sincere about repenting,

(3)Do good deeds and never do the sin again.

I loves you all for the sake of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).

The pain of my heart will never by removed until I know I have been granted forgiveness, grated contentment byAllah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), and till I know I will be with the Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam  in Jannah.

May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

SubhanaALLAH this is absolutely beautiful!!! May ALLAH give us the tawfeeq to be the best that we can be and follow the footstepts of the best of creation Muhammad sallalahu alayhi wassalam! Ya RABBI forgive me and the muslim ummah and giv us the opportunity to be blessed to see the phrophet in our lives in any way which is best for us.. Ameen