"O mankind! Now hath a proof from your Lord come unto you, and We have sent down unto you a clear light." — Holy Qur'an 4:175
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:: Candle Post #33 :: What Should We Pray For During the Jamati Mushkil Aasaan Satado? ::
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad. The Jamati Mushkil Aasan satado will commence on Friday, April 17 and end on Thursday, April 23, 2009 in Canada. One of the key congregational satado prayer will be 'Ya Ali tu Rahem Kar, Ya Mowla tu Fazal Kar' which means 'O Ali have mercy Upon Us, O Mowla make make us prosperous in terms of material and spiritual wealth and higher spiritual enlightenment'. In the material world, the word 'prosperous' can be applied to health, job security, family and human relationships, knowledge, property and service to humanity. In the Spirit world, the word 'prosperous' is also applicable for the acquisition of spiritual wealth which comes in the form of knowledge and recognition. Let us study the following excerpt from one the supplications of Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi which illustrates this concept:
Lines 24-34 "O my Lord, make me rich through You, beyond need of other than You, so that this pure sufficiency leaves me free of all conditions that might make me dependent on any creaturial need or spiritual requirement. Make me reach the utmost ease in my prosperity [in You] and elevate me to the lote-tree1 of my extreme limit. Let me witness existence as a cycle and the journey as an orbit, so that I may behold the mystery of Divine Descent to the ultimate ends and the Return to the very beginnings, where speech comes to an end, and the vowel of lâm2 is silent, where the dot of the ghayn3 is removed from me and the One returns to the two4."
Lines 35-42 "O my God, grant me the facility of that secret which You have accorded to many of Your saints, a facility that will dispel from me the fog of my [apparent] self-sufficiency. Support me in all this by a radiant light, dazzling5 the eyes of every envier among jinn and mankind6. Grant me the gift of an aptitude which brings success at every (spiritual) station. Make me rich beyond need of other than You, with a richness that establishes my complete poverty towards You."
Lines 43-4 "Indeed You are the Rich, the Praiseworthy, the Friend, the Illustrious, the Generous, the Discerning Director!"
Lines 45-6 "And may the blessing of God be upon our master Muhammad, and upon all his family and companions!"
1Lines 28-9 The Quranic expression "the lote-tree of the extreme limit" (sidrat al-muntahâ) indicates for Ibn 'Arabi the furthest point, in the ascent to God (mi'râj), where the soul as such can reach. It is situated at the limit of the seventh heaven. "He saw him in another descent, at the Lote-Tree of the Extreme Limit, close to which lies the Garden of Abode, where the lote-tree was enveloped by that which envelops (yaghshâ)" (Q. 53:14).
2Lines 32-3 The letter lâm symbolizes the servant, who is "separated" or subordinate to God, and when his vowel is silenced (literally, "when his movement ceases"), then he is reunited with Him, and all that remains is God (Allâh).
3Line 33 In Ibn 'Arabi's writings, ghayn is taken as the symbol of separation or distance from reality.
4Line 34 The relation between the One and the two is beautifully described in the following passage: "The utmost purpose of the servant is that he praises his own (higher) Self which he beholds in the [Divine] Mirror, since there is not aptitude (ability) for the originated (i.e., the created being) to bear the Pre-Existent" [i.e., Allah].
5Line 38 Referring to the verse "God encompasses the unbelievers; the lightening dazzles their eyes; when it gives them light, they walk in it, and when the darkness is over them, they halt" (Q. 2:19).
6Lines 38-9 Allusions to the two "Refuge" suras at the end of the Quran: "I take refuge in the Lord of the Daybreak ... from the evil of an envier when he envies" (Q.113:5); and "I take refuge in the Lord of mankind ... from the evil of the whisperer who whispers in the breasts of men, among Jinn and men" (Q. 114:5).(Source: Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi. The Seven Days of the Heart. Translated by Pablo Beneito and Stephen Hirtenstein. 2000. Anqa Publishing, Oxford. Pages 39-40, 82-83 (for footnotes)
Applications of the Above Knowledge
May Mowla's Light be with all of us, always, in everything that we do!
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, create Sunshine in our hearts, light in our foreheads, and bless us all with the inner vision of the Truth!
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, grant the global Jamat luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually. Ameen.
Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)
Rakh Mowla je Noor te Yaqeen (Certainly, we trust in Mowla's Light only),
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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