Thursday, May 31, 2012

Surat al-Hajj (22) verses 1-2 "Sukr: Intoxication"

 يٰأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱتَّقُواْ رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّ زَلْزَلَةَ ٱلسَّاعَةِ شَيْءٌ عَظِيمٌ 
"O people! guard against your Lord; surely the Quake/Convulsion of the Hour is an awe-inspiring matter ."

From the commentary of Ruzbehan Baqli
Allah (swt) sends out a warning call to those who have forgotten the Covenant established in past eternity (Azal) [ Am I not your Lord ?] and to those who have forgotten the face-to-face encounter in future eternity (Abad). He states:" What will your position be, O you heedless ones, when, in the wilderness of Resurrection Day, the Majesty of my Grandeur (Adhamat) appears from the veils of the Unseen?. Guard off [in this life] against the torments of separation from Me [in the next life], in order that you may reach the Majesty of Reunion with Me. For the Universes and all that is created will be convulsed upon the appearance of the Lights of My Nobility ( Kibrya') and the Sovereingty (Sultan) of My ravishing Beauty (Baha')."

For the truth of Taqwa (God reverencing-consciousness) is to exit with the help of Allah from all that is less than Allah. Some have stated that Taqwa is "when nothing immerses you other than your Master",  and that is Freedom; whoever is seeking after the reward is not a Mutttaqui (one whose quality is Taqwa).

 وَتَرَى ٱلنَّاسَ سُكَارَىٰ وَمَا هُم بِسُكَارَىٰ
"And you will see people as intoxicated/drunken while they are not intoxicated/drunken"

Allah (swt) describes those who witness the attacks of His Grandeur and Nobility in various states of Confusion and loss due to Mad Lost Love (Hayaman), drunkenness (Sukr) and excitement (Hayajan). They are driven to Mad Nostalgic Love (walah) at the sight of the Grandeur and the Majesty of Awesome Beauty (Hayba) and are lost in the valleys of the Lights of Nobility and Sovereignty.

Some He made drunk as those who drink intoxicants, others like those drunk with love- and how vast the difference between those two types and those who are drunk on heedlessness and again  those drunk in Union. The enemies are drunk with the drunkenness of those Overpowered ( Qahryiat), and the friends are drunk from the sight of the ravishing marvels of the Acts. The Murid (Seekers) are drunk with the brightness of the Lights and the Lovers are drunk with the Unveiling of the Secrets, while the ones who are longing (Mushtaqun) are drunk on the gleaming appearance of the Attributes.

Imam Jaafar stated:" They became drunk on what they witnessed of the spread of Grandeur of Immense Power and the billowing folds of Nobility until the Prophets had no refuge but to say:" Nafsi, Nafsi ( I, myself) "

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