Thursday, 16 September 2010
The Last Station of the Sufi Path
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is extracted from Kuliyyat al-Imdadiyyah Shaykh Imdadullah al-Makki (q.s.), the wali of the Jistiyyah.
When the Haqq Decides to Bring the salik back into existence, baqa’, after fana’ in Himself, He Dresses him with His Divine Lights. This stage is called jama’ al-jama’, and is full of wonderment, and this is the last station of the spiritual path. Baqa’ is another name for returning to the Origin.
At this point, his vision first beholds the Oneness of the Absolute Essence, and then, through Its Light, he sees the distinctive multiplicity of Divine Manifestations, ta’yinat al-mazhahir. The ‘arif, in every condition at every moment, contemplates Divine Existence and nothing prevents him from seeing the Haqq and witnessing Him in other things because the ‘arif has reached the reality of humanity which is Godhood.
He now knows the creation to be, in reality, non-existent, ma’dum, and Allah (s.w.t.) as the Real Existence, Mawjud Muthlaq. And he now considers himself conditioned absolutely in comparison to vastness of Divine Knowledge, and because of these restrictions, he thinks he is a slave and stands up proclaiming. “There is no reality but Reality and Muhammad is the mirror of that Reality,” saying, in effect, laa ilaha illa Allah. Becoming the Khalifatullah, in this level, he starts guiding people towards Him. Outwardly, he is a slave but inwardly becomes God and this stage is called barzakh al-barazikh. After reaching this level, the ‘arif attains control over the entire universe and the reality of this Qur’anic verse Manifests in him:
And He has Subjected to you, as from Him, all that is in the heavens and on earth: behold in that are Signs indeed for those who reflect. (Surah al-Jatsiyah:13)