Monday, September 15, 2008

From Surat al-'Alaq (96) verse19: Prostration

وَٱسْجُدْ وَٱقْتَرِب

96: 19 "... and prostrate thyself and draw close !"

Ibn 'Arabi states:...It is His Divine name al-Qarib " He Who is Close" which has called you to proximity. You are the lover and not the beloved, that is why He says : "Prostrate yourself and come closer". If you had been the Beloved He would have said : "Prostrate yourself, you are close."........Know then that in your prostration you are preserved (ma'sum)from Satan ( shaytan). Your prostration subjugates him and leaves him no power over you. When he observes you in this state, he reflects on himself ( on his refusal to prostrate before Adam as Allah (swt) had commanded him); (forever) consumed by the fire of the citadel of punishment, watching you being obedient, and contemplating the fate that awaits him the day the hour of Judgment comes....May Allah grant that we, you and I are on that day among those who have prostrated themselves and who have found ( mimman sajada wawajada). Ameen

Excerpt from Ibn 'Arabi's al-Futuhat al Makkia-

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