Saturday, May 15, 2010

Surat al-Anaam 6:161-163

{ قُلْ إِنَّنِي هَدَانِي رَبِّيۤ إِلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ دِيناً قِيَماً مِّلَّةَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفاً وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ ٱلْمُشْرِكِينَ } * { قُلْ إِنَّ صَلاَتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلْعَالَمِينَ } * { لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَبِذٰلِكَ أُمِرْتُ وَأَنَاْ أَوَّلُ ٱلْمُسْلِمِينَ

Say: "Behold, my Sustainer has guided me onto a straight way through an ever-true faith-the way of Ibrahim who turned away from all that is false, and was not of those who ascribe divinity to aught beside Him."

Ibn Arabi
{ قل إنني هداني ربّي إلى صراط مستقيم } إلى طريق التوحيد الذاتي { ديناً قيماً } ثابتاً أبداً لا تغيره الملل والنِحل ولا تنسخه الشرائع والكتب { ملّة إبراهيم } التي أعرض بها عن كل ما سواه بالترقي عن جميع المراتب مائلاً عن كل دين وطريق باطل فيه شرك ما، ولو بصفة من صفات الله تعالى.
Say, my Sustainer has guided me to the Path of the Unicity of the “Essence”, a Path that is steadfast, never changing, unaffected by the various (spiritual) Ways (Millah) and religions (Nihlah); a way that cannot be abrogated or concealed, neither by any religious regulations nor by any Scriptures. The way of Ibrahim by which he turned away from all other than Him, ascending beyond all ranks, avoiding every Path that may contain a hint of untruth, even if- this particular Path is- adhering to one of the attributes of Allah most high.

{ قل إن صلاتي } أي: حضوري بالقلب وشهودي بالروح { ونسكي } أي: تقرّبي أو كل
 ما أتقرّب به بالقلب { ومحياي } بالحق { ومماتي } بالنفس كلها { لله } لا نصيب لي ولا لأحد غيري فيها لأني قمت به له بالفناء فلا وجود لي ولا لغيري حتى يكون لي حظ ونصيب { ربّ العالمين } أي: له باعتبار الجمع في صورة تفاصيل الربوبية { لا شريك له } في ذلك جمعاً وتفصيلاً { وبذلك أُمرت } أي: أُمرت أن لا أرى غيره في عين الجمع ولا في صورة التفاصيل حتى أعمل له كما وصفني تعالى بقوله:
{ مَا زَاغَ ٱلْبَصَرُ وَمَا طَغَىٰ }
[النجم، الآية: 17] فهو الآخر والمأمور، والرائي والمرئي { وأنا أوّل المسلمين } المنقادين للفناء فيه بإسلام وجهي له باعتبار الرتبة في تفاصيل الذات وإلا فلا أول ولا آخر ولا مسلم ولا كافر.
Say My prayer : means my presence with my Heart and my witnessing with my soul;{نسكي} my approaching Him, and everything my heart uses to approach [through and with], my life by al-Haqq and the death of the totality of my Nafs, all are for Allah: meaning that neither I nor any other have any part of it. For I undertook evanescence (Fana’) only for His sake: There is no existence for me or for others within this Path . 
All this is for Him, the Sustainer of all the Universes ( Rabb- al- Alameen) : in the totality of all His Attributes and in their detailing. This, I was commanded meaning: I was commanded to see no other than Him in the high rank of "Togetherness of the Essence"* and not in the Shape or details of the creation (Sufiyya: the outer form (Surat) of creation)**. All this, in order that I may act in and towards Him as He has described me [The vision did not deviate nor did it exceed the limit : al-Najm, 53:17]. He is simultaneously the Other and the One who is commanded, the Seer and the One who sees. [And I am the first of those who submitted], those who are led to evanescence in Him as I surrender my face and my direction to Him (Wajh). For the Highest rank is within the details of the Essence where ultimately there is no first and no last, no one who surrendered and no one who covered the truth.
*Ayn al Jam3’ (Eye/Essence of Togetherness)
** Seeking Allah’s attributes and deeds in the universe is a lower rank of gnosis, worshiping the outer manifestations (Surat) even if created according to His own Surat is limiting ourselves. We must aim further along in time, space and spiritual knowledge towards the Essence.
A very moving recitation of the verses from Shaykh Ragheb Mustapha Ghalwash, Syria 1969 (item 2)


Anab Whitehouse said...

Dear Suffiya,


I have read down through your various postings and just wanted to let you know that they are very nice. I am sorry that no one else has taken the time to comment, but, sometimes, this merely brings us back to the realization that even if no human makes contact, what we do is always witnessed by Allah and serves as an expression of the Shahadah in action ... there are so many parts of the universe which manifest their beauty for God's eyes only and about which humanity is completely unaware

Anab Whitehouse

Sufiyya said...

Dear Anab,

Wa'aleikum al Salaam!

Thank you for reading and for your kind and beautiful comment. It is, as you say, all for the Face of Allah and gratitude is owed to Him who has made this small effort even possible.