Thursday, 2 September 2010
Allah (s.w.t.) Gave Us Seven Names
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 28th March 2010.
All teachings must lead the student to one conclusion - that he must correct and improve himself always. Hence, every lesson must guide the student in that direction, to improve his spiritual self, as that is the one that returns to akhirah; the physical being simply becomes dust. Allah (s.w.t.) Revealed the Qur’an as a Guide towards that direction.
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Alif Lam Mim. This is the Book; in it is Guidance sure, without doubt, to those who are conscious of Allah. (Surah al-Baqarah:1-2)
And this Qur’anic advice helps to loosen our obstinacy and to gradually pry open our closed hearts and minds. Each human being has a physical being from the earth, and a spiritual self from the heavens, and each of us has seven Divinely-Given names. Adam (a.s.) and all his descendents were Gathered on the Day of Promises, and Allah (s.w.t.) Spoke to mankind.
When thy Lord Drew forth from the Children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants, and Made them testify concerning themselves, (Asking), “Am I not your Lord (Who Cherishes and Sustains you)?” - They said, “Yea! We do testify!” (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment, “Of this, we were never mindful.” (Surah al-A’araf:172)
Every single human being that was Created was Gathered there. It was a historic moment, a glorious event, for it was the first meeting of our real beings with the Divine. It was an event set in a glorious panorama, and Allah (s.w.t.) Addressed our spiritual beings, not our physical beings. Honour is for our spiritual beings, for it was that being that Allah (s.w.t.) had Addressed. When we do not know something, we must be humble enough to admit, and to say that we do not know. When we meet someone who can teach us something, we must humble ourselves, and learn. We must always say to ourselves, “I am but a student.” Most people are blind: they do not understand, but they never admit to being so, so they continue to remain in blindness. Many read the Qur’an as if it were just an ordinary story book, so they cannot understand what it conceals and what it reveals.
Allah (s.w.t.) Addressed all of mankind on the Day of Promises. This question had been Posed to all of mankind as a congregation. Allah (s.w.t.) is Able to Speak to all of mankind, in one instant since everyone has a Connection to his Lord. No Creation could Exist without such a Connection. It happened in an instant for all, because neither time nor space existed, at that moment. Shaykh Muhyi ad-Din ibn ‘Arabi (q.s.) said that Allah (s.w.t.) had Created 124,000 Adams, each one having been the first man of his own earth, and our very own Prophet Adam (a.s.), was the last of these 124 000. Shaykh ibn ‘Arabi (q.s.) was indeed telling the truth. He had Seen the Reality. He was not looking for worldly benefits. He only sought to be with his Lord so there was no benefit for him to concoct tales.
Allah's (s.w.t.) Attributes, are Azaliyyun Abadiyyun, permanent, from the pre-eternity to eternity. So when Allah (s.w.t.) Posed to us all that question, on the Day of Promises, it is still so. Allah’s (s.w.t.) Speech is Everlasting, so that question made to us on that Day is still relevant and true, up until forever. Allah (s.w.t.) Knows each one of us intimately, just as a father would know each of his children's names and characteristics, even if he had a hundred children. Allah (s.w.t.) Knows all of us, intricately. On that Day of Promises, Allah (s.w.t.) had Called each one of us, by every one of our seven Divinely-Given names.
The first name that Allah (s.w.t.) had called us by on that Day was “‘Abdullah,” the “Servant of Allah,” and we were in great happiness and ecstasy when Called by that name. We were swooning in incomparable Bliss. Allah’s (s.w.t.) Speech is Abadiyyun Azaliyyun, we are forever His Servant. We are all “‘Abdullah.” Only as His Servant, will we find Bliss, so we must not be servants to anyone but Him.