We may say that the relationship between Allah and this world is not that of 1 + 1 or 1 x 1, but is that of 1 + 0. In other words, this world in relation to Allah is a nonentity and does not add anything to His Essence.

As soon as man realizes this fact, his notion of having an independent existence is smashed and he suddenly feels imbibed with love of Allah. Obviously this realization does not come through eyes, ears or any other sensory organs or mental faculties, for all organs themselves are mere signs and cannot play any significant role in providing the guidance we are talking about.10

When a man having access to Divine manifestation and desiring to remember Allah alone, hears the following passage of the Qur’an, he comes to know that the only path of perfect guidance is that of knowing himself:

O you who believe, you have charge of your own souls. He who errs cannot injure you if you are rightly guided. (al-Ma’idah, 5:105)

He understands that his true guide is Allah alone who enjoins upon him to know himself and to seek the path of self-knowing, leaving all other paths. He must see Allah through the window of his own soul and thus achieve his real objective. That is why the Holy Prophet has said: He who has known himself, has known Allah.11

He has also said: “Those of you who know Allah better, better they know themselves.”12

As for the embarking on spiritual journey there are many verses of the Qur’an which urge the people to remember Allah. For example at one place the Qur’an says:

Remember Me, I will remember you. (al-Baqarah, 2:152)

Man has been ordered to do good deeds also, which have been explained in the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Mentioning the good deeds Allah says: Surely in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example. (al-Ahzab, 33:21)

How can it be imagined that Islam would declare that there was a path leading towards Allah without appraising the people what that path is?

And how can it be that Allah would mention a path without explaining how it is to be traversed?

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an: Messenger, We have revealed this Book to you. It contains the details of everything. (Surah an-Nahl, 16:89

- Light Within Me, Preface by Allamah Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i

@2 weeks ago

"Be humble to whomever you learn from and whomever you teach."

Imam Ja’far al Sadiq (as)
@1 month ago

"One who knows but does not act is like an archer without a string to his bow."

Imam Ali as
@2 months ago
aestheticintrovert:

Taken by my mom in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

aestheticintrovert:

Taken by my mom in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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@2 months ago with 51 notes

"Do not fall into despair over wrong action, when the door of turning to Him in repentance is always open."

Imam Ali (as)
@2 months ago

"The wise make spiritual discipline, abandonment of this world and other such things the primary condition for their thoughts to be free enough to receive spiritual matters. For spiritual things do not impart their effects unless the place [of reception] is emptied, made ready and turned towards their standpoint of view. Those who know God know that the relationship of all things to God is but one single relation. Thus they witness Him in everything and nothing veils them from Him."

Ibn Arabi, The Four Pillars of Spiritual Transformation
@3 months ago with 1 note
#philosopher king 

"

As long as you have the Friend, you shall suffer no harm,

As long as He exists, there is no dust of quality and quantity

Abandon whatever there is and choose Him.

There is no advice more excellent than these two words.

"

Khomeini
@3 months ago with 1 note

Everything has a purpose. It’s just that sometimes the evidence is not clear to use because as finite beings we cannot be aware of all the intricate details and premises which go into the workings of existence. The dimensions and factors at play can only be perceived finitely and as such we simply pick out our factors which work alongside in informing us about our Will for each moment. Something weighed heavily in my heart for a while, and I knew it was an action that needed to be taken, but I covered it up with as many other possible necessary actions as I could, until there came a day when I was at a loss and found myself in dua, pouring my heart out asking for straightening into complete submission in order for my soul to journey through to liberation and realization, and the action popped out into my temporal perception. It’s chronology, clear and bright texture, clarified to me and one which tugged at me strongly if I tried to look away from it, my vision blurring the other possible objects in my mind. And I did not truly want to look away as the moment I tried to the error of my action, the possibility of my sin revealed itself to me. And I ended my dua sending peace and blessings to the messengers and Prophets (pbut) who were persecuted in their superior knowledge, not much different than how scholars here are perceived when understanding is not clear for them and the listener selectively listens refusing to put in effort to understand and rather resorts to ridicule. I felt a weight lifted when I made my resolve to act upon it, not like those myriads of times I felt something weighing heavily and I chose to ignore it until I covered it up through layers of distraction and found myself with symptoms of a veiled ego, hostile and unwilling to look at itself, where I had to climb back up slowly until I asked Allah to have Mercy and he made my climb easier and the task easier. Upon acting on this intuition which synced perfectly, my heart was ease the closing of the door on a friendship became understood as necessary to move beyond. It was a friendship upon which hostility ensued the moment I became unrecognizable as the Other, and unwilling to be heard as the Other, a refusal of my conversion which manifested itself in the unconscious behaviors I had so often pointed out before, but rather sought to be unmentioned and un-called out this time around.
The fruit of taking such action is the inspiration and an eye-opening understanding about how the Other has been perceived and how perhaps the field of anthropology needs to redefine it’s Other and how it constitutes it and who they consider are best experts to consult in the biases. The field needs a collaborate effort of anthropologists around the globe looking at the population, and I believe it would find the biases prevalent in the making of each anthropologist hugely affecting the understanding of the defined “population”. I believe that for an understanding of that culture, the anthropologist has to find himself in the context of that group through soul-searching before he can authentically report, and even then, the anthropologist who offers insight is really a well-educated writer who can dictate his phenomenological insights with depth, and intricate contemplation. It astounds me that upon becoming the Other my voice somehow is devalued, and worse, delegitimized because the group I have become Othered into is not the Other whom is spoken about. My personal biases become considered a soilage to the Other and not a pure representation of the Other.

But these are just observations and ideas to consider. I (may Allah protect me from the ego and the self-destructive nature of the I) am patiently moving forward with more signs.

@3 months ago

"[Shakir 38:29] (It is) a Book We have revealed to you abounding in good that they may ponder over its verses, and that those endowed with understanding may be mindful.
[Pickthal 38:29] (This is) a Scripture that We have revealed unto thee, full of blessing, that they may ponder its revelations, and that men of understanding may reflect.
[Yusufali 38:29] (Here is) a Book which We have sent down unto thee, full of blessings, that they may mediate on its Signs, and that men of understanding may receive admonition"

Qur’an 38:29
@1 month ago

"Be on your guard against your desires just as you are on guard against your enemies, for there is no enemy worse than giving into one’s desires."

Imam Jaffar Sadiq (a.s.)

Source: al-Kafi, v.2, p.251, no.1

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@2 months ago with 117 notes

"If you scold a child, then leave him room to turn away from his wrong action, so that you do not leave him with obstinacy as his only way out."

Imam Ali (as)
@2 months ago

"That which is little yet sufficient is better than that which is much and diverts man from his goal as a result."

Prophet Muhammad pbuhap
@2 months ago
@2 months ago with 35005 notes

"

Fati! One must journey toward the Friend.

One should transcend the self.

Every knowledge with the scent of your being

Is a devil on the way of which one must beware.

"

Khomeini
@3 months ago

"The conceit tree is bad; its fruit is many major sins and abominations. When its root rests in the heart, one’s affair is dragged into disbelief and shirk and more than both of these. One of its consequences is underestimating sins; rather, one who is conceited is not in the process of reforming himself claims it is pure and purified. He does not care at any time to purge himself of the filth of committing offenses. The thick curtain of conceit blocks him from seeing his own ills. This catastrophe stops one from achieving perfections, afflicts him with all sorts of shortcomings, brings about eternal perdition, and the doctors of the psyche can find no cure for him."


 
@3 months ago with 1 note
#existential ennui