The Radiance in the Garden

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

It is He Who Created you from a single person, and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love).  When they are united, she bears a light burden and carries it about (unnoticed).  When she grows heavy, they both pray to Allah their Lord (saying), “If Thou Givest us a goodly child, we vow we shall (ever) be grateful.” (Surah al-A’araf:189)

As recorded in al Bahr al-Madid, Imam Ahmad ibn ‘Alibi (q.s.) commenting on this verse of the Qur’an stated that Adam (a.s.), after his Creation, found nothing in the Garden except the Brilliance of Allah’s (s.w.t.) Illumination, Tajalli, and was almost Annihilated by light which would envelop him layer upon layer.   And Allah (s.w.t.) Knew that Adam (a.s.) could not bear the weight of this Illumination, that he would melt in the light of its beauty, for all that was in the Garden was drowned in it.  So He Added to it the Radiance of the Omnipotence and the Dominions, Dhaw al-Jabarut wa al-Malakut, and from it, Created Eve, that Adam (a.s.) might find in her, times of rest from the Overwhelming Power of Divine Illumination.


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