Only what’s gentle is consistent

To think about it, the onset of day and night could have been abrupt ; the transition from day to night and vice versa could have been like the flick of a switch. But Allaah eases us into it through the dusk and dawn. That’s love. He could just slap us with the reality and truth and been like, deal with it. But no. He loves us through the process so that we don’t struggle. He never imposes Himself. The fact that people dispute His existence and truth while taking full advantage of what He’s created shows the extent of His love and that He doesn’t use His power to enslave us, though He could and would be in full right to.

وَقَالَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ لَوْلَا نُزِّلَ عَلَيْهِ ٱلْقُرْءَانُ جُمْلَةً وَٰحِدَةً كَذَٰلِكَ لِنُثَبِّتَ بِهِۦ فُؤَادَكَ وَرَتَّلْنَٰهُ تَرْتِيلًا

And those who disbelieve say: “Why is not the Quran revealed to him all at once?” Thus (it is sent down in parts), that We may strengthen your heart thereby. And We have revealed it to you gradually, in stages.

[al-Furqaan:32]

Those without love for the Truth demand it out of defiance. But a heart that doesn’t hold love first can’t receive the truth. You can’t receive the message if you don’t love the one dispatching the message. This is why dogma, fanaticism, and absolutism is detrimental to one’s faith. The truth is too powerful and unlimited to try to grasp all at once. People act as if feelings don’t matter in the face of the truth, that one should set the human nature aside to act as a sterile vessel but that’s missing the point entirely. Allaah loves to love. He loves to have mercy, to help, to guide, to support, to be there for us. It’s in His essence. We’re weak and imperfect because we need love. His love and any offshoot from that through His creation. If truth is the goal, love is the process.

Sparkles

Nothing has ever weighed as heavy on me as having to accept what Allaah decreed my life to be.

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I think this is because it forced me out of my complacency with the state of the world and my pain is a river that inevitably flows into the sea that is the collective unconscious of humanity. I could no longer be comfortably numb or hide behind illusions and fantasies. I had to go into hell to rescue my soul from the devil. I had to go into the belly of the beast, the eye of the storm, the apex of confusion to be released from all of that. To transcend it all I had to sacrifice everything that protected me from it. And the interval between letting go and seeing the truth of what I’ve been following intuitively feels like an eternity. Being suspended like that while the egregious thoughtforms and fear do their absolute best in trying to reel me back in feels like having my skin peeled off. Over and over and over again until I’d ask when will this be over? Will it ever be over?

أَمْ حَسِبْتُمْ أَن تَدْخُلُواْ الْجَنَّةَ وَلَمَّا يَأْتِكُم مَّثَلُ الَّذِينَ خَلَوْاْ مِن قَبْلِكُم مَّسَّتْهُمُ الْبَأْسَاء وَالضَّرَّاء وَزُلْزِلُواْ حَتَّى يَقُولَ الرَّسُولُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ مَعَهُ مَتَى نَصْرُ اللّهِ أَلا إِنَّ نَصْرَ اللّهِ قَرِيبٌ

Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allaah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allaah is near!

[Al-Baqarah:214]

Politicize peace!

If all these men who go to study in the Islamic university of Madinah, and UmmalQura in Makkah and the various halaqaat (study circles) around the Muslim world, and even in the West, were to develop true understanding of what they are learning, it would translate in mass change and transformation of society for the better. I’m not talking about “islamically”, I’m talking about mass scale, systematic change that affects all levels and layers of society, both Muslim and non-Muslim. Because this knowledge wasn’t meant to be compartmentalized and delineated to certain aspects. It’s the truth in raw form and is only actualized when it changes the heart and isn’t just contained in the dogmatic mind. People treat the deen like a fragile egg that needs to be protected from corruption. That’s an insult to Allaah, that you think you’re safeguarding it.

If any of it was practiced correctly, the Muslim world and by extension the world, wouldn’t be in shambles. It wouldn’t be utopian to say that wars would be stopped, poverty alleviated, wildlife and nature restored, inequalities banished, quantum leaps in technological advances for the betterment of humanity wouldn’t be far-fetched.

We think doing what we think is right is enough, and when the outcome doesn’t align with our expectations we’d rather blame the outside than revisit our methodology. Everything I said above is nothing Allaah hasn’t said. Don’t believe me?

وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَىٰ لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُم مِّن بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا يَعْبُدُونَنِي لَا يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًا وَمَن كَفَرَ بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ

Allaah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islaam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the degenerate.

(An-Nur:55)

Meaning, when we rectify our morals and spiritual fabric, that inevitably and immediately translates as harmony, cohesion, and authority on the external or the macrocosmic. But as long as we are morally corrupt, the external can’t reflect anything but that back to us. So the focal point shouldn’t be on the corruption in the world, but it should give us pause and make us reflect on the greater divine design. Because surely, if Allaah didn’t want this to happen He wouldn’t let it. But that He removed His harmony and light and love to the degrees that we see reflected in the world is for no other reason but that our hearts and minds have become too cluttered and crowded to receive divine order. And until we gain that self-awareness and moral courage to rectify what’s wrong and do what’s right even if you’re the only person on the face of the planet doing it, we’re headed for derailment.

Focus

Light isn’t inherently illuminating. Darkness isn’t inherently obfuscating. Pain isn’t inherently destructive. Pleasure isn’t inherently invigorating. Knowledge isn’t inherently guiding.

The divine is the eternal sanctuary we access in the capricious circumstances we get desperately entangled in. So in the dark, it is the divine that makes us see. And even in the light there are those in darkness because they feel self-sufficient and not in need of the divine. So the light becomes a source of darkness. And in pain, it is the divine that soothes us and provides a transcendental ladder through it. There are those for whom pleasure becomes a source of utmost anguish because they thought they could do without the divine, and so worshipped what is stagnant and can give no life.

Don’t fear the transient, don’t fear change, don’t fear the unknown because what you’re really seeking is a spiritual communion with the divine, and not a specific circumstance. Know that whatever situation you find yourself in is by divine order and therefore you can always, always access Him. Always.

يَهْدِي بِهِ اللَّهُ مَنِ اتَّبَعَ رِضْوَانَهُ سُبُلَ السَّلَامِ وَيُخْرِجُهُم مِّنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ بِإِذْنِهِ وَيَهْدِيهِمْ إِلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ

Wherewith Allaah guides all those who seek His Good Pleasure to ways of peace, and He brings them out of darkness by His Will unto light and guides them to a Straight Way.

(Al-Maa’idah:16)

Warpath or life path

To be in harmony with the cosmic order set by the divine you must eschew arrogance, which promotes a fragmentation and separation from the whole for the purpose of being parallel with the divine. In other words, arrogance and self-promotion stems from a repulsion of humbling oneself and surrendering oneself to the Creator, and that’s something that sets you off on a warpath, not only with the cosmos but also with yourself because you don’t rule the self. So even though you may reject your innate truth, you’re still subject to the metaphysical laws. Because you turned against your deepest truth and interest – as your soul’s yearning is identical with the divine will – you’ll find everything turning against you and life becomes an obstacle course.

ثُمَّ اسْتَوَىٰ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ وَهِيَ دُخَانٌ فَقَالَ لَهَا وَلِلْأَرْضِ ائْتِيَا طَوْعًا أَوْ كَرْهًا قَالَتَا أَتَيْنَا طَائِعِينَ

Then He rose towards the heaven when it was smoke, and said to it and to the earth: “Come both of you willingly or unwillingly.” They both said: “We come, willingly.”

( Fussilat:11)

Infinite stillness

Only meaning, which is symbolism, nourishes the soul because it’s the very connection to Allaah. It’s the merging of the unseen and the seen.

The very first thing Allaah did with Adam was to teach him the names and meaning of everything. Through that Allaah opened up a new dimension. Through having Adam showcase his skills Allaah revealed a deeper aspect to what was revealed (the violence the jinn perpetrated on earth which the angels feared would be repeated in humans) and what was concealed ( the entitlement of Iblees who thought Allaah had conferred honour on him because of his nature).

وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلَائِكَةِ إِنِّي جَاعِلٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً قَالُوا أَتَجْعَلُ فِيهَا مَن يُفْسِدُ فِيهَا وَيَسْفِكُ الدِّمَاءَ وَنَحْنُ نُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِكَ وَنُقَدِّسُ لَكَ قَالَ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: “Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth.” They said: “Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, – while we glorify You with praises and thanks (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners) and sanctify You.” He (Allaah) said: “I know that which you do not know.”

وَعَلَّمَ آدَمَ الْأَسْمَاءَ كُلَّهَا ثُمَّ عَرَضَهُمْ عَلَى الْمَلَائِكَةِ فَقَالَ أَنبِئُونِي بِأَسْمَاءِ هَٰؤُلَاءِ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ

And He taught Adam all the names (of everything) , then He showed them to the angels and said, “Tell Me the names of these if you are truthful.”

قَالُوا سُبْحَانَكَ لَا عِلْمَ لَنَا إِلَّا مَا عَلَّمْتَنَا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَلِيمُ الْحَكِيمُ

They (angels) said: “Glory be to You, we have no knowledge except what you have taught us. Verily, it is You, the All-Knower, the All-Wise.”

قَالَ يَا آدَمُ أَنبِئْهُم بِأَسْمَائِهِمْ فَلَمَّا أَنبَأَهُم بِأَسْمَائِهِمْ قَالَ أَلَمْ أَقُل لَّكُمْ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ غَيْبَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَأَعْلَمُ مَا تُبْدُونَ وَمَا كُنتُمْ تَكْتُمُونَ

He said: “O Adam! Inform them of their names,” and when he had informed them of their names, He said: “Did I not tell you that I know the Ghaib (unseen) in the heavens and the earth, and I know what you reveal and what you have been concealing?

(Al-Baqarah:30-33)

Perceiving life and the world through a one-dimensional lens fixated on the material and tangible is nominalism, something which Allaah has denounced in the Qur’aan.

يَعْلَمُونَ ظَاهِرًا مِّنَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ عَنِ الْآخِرَةِ هُمْ غَافِلُونَ

They know only the outside appearance of the life of the world, and they are heedless of the Hereafter.

أَوَلَمْ يَتَفَكَّرُوا فِي أَنفُسِهِم مَّا خَلَقَ اللَّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَأَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى وَإِنَّ كَثِيرًا مِّنَ النَّاسِ بِلِقَاءِ رَبِّهِمْ لَكَافِرُونَ

Do they not self-reflect deeply? Allaah has created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, except with truth and for an appointed term. And indeed many of mankind deny the Meeting with their Lord.

(ar-Rum:7-8)

Love

وَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِهِمْ لَوْ أَنفَقْتَ مَا فِي الْأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا مَّا أَلَّفْتَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِهِمْ وَلَٰكِنَّ اللَّهَ أَلَّفَ بَيْنَهُمْ إِنَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ

And He has united their hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allaah has united them. Certainly He is All-Mighty, All-Wise.

(Al-Anfal:63)

There are 2 forces : will to love and will to power. Will to love is entirely divine as it is the source of life, growth, healing, rejuvenation, etc. It’s what creates order and keeps nature in harmony. This emanates through the heart, to the degree that it is surrendered and vulnerable.

Then there’s will to power which Allaah has given us through our free will. It’s a force that focuses on conservation, survival, protection. It doesn’t create anything new, it just makes use of what is. It’s activated to the degree of resistance in one’s heart ( which sets off the amygdala in a fight or flight mode).

Allaah is showing us that when it comes to matters of the heart, that is, matters that aren’t material or tangible, power is useless. Force is counterproductive. His might is based in love, which is why He ends the ayah with showing that power is only effective when used with wisdom. And wisdom is to know the divine order and timing of everything, which is strictly His realm.

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