Man’s Return Home to the Original Source
Excerpted from “The Secret of Secrets” by Hadrat Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani:
“Man is considered from two points of view: his material being and his spiritual being. In the appearance of material being everyone is more or less equal. Therefore, in this respect, one may apply to humanity general laws. In his spiritual being, hidden behind his appearance, each preson is different. Therefore special private laws apply to him.
Man, in accordance with general laws, by following certain steps can return to his origin. To take these steps, he follows the evident ordinances of our religion as a guide; following them, he advances. Rising from level to level he may reach the stage of the spiritual path, passing into the realm of wisdom. That is a very high state. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) praises this state saying, ‘There is a state in which all and everything is gathered – and it is the divine wisdom.’
To reach that level, one first has to abandon fasle appearances and the hypocrisy of doing things so that others might see or hear. Then one must set for oneself three goals. These three goals are actually three paradises. The first is called Ma’wa – the paradise of the security of home. That is the earthly paradise. The second is called Na’im – the garden of the delight of Allah’s grace upon His creatures, which is the paradise within the angelic realm. The third is called Firdaws – the heavenly paradise. That is the paradise in the realm of the unity of the causal mind, home of the souls, of the divine Names and attributes. These are the rewards, the beauties of Allah which the material man will taste in his efforts in the three successive stages of knowledge: efforts in following the religious precepts (shari’a); efforts in eliminating the multiplicity in himself, fighting the cause of this multiplicity which is his ego, in order to reach the state of unity and come close to his Creator (tariqa); and finally, in his efforts to reach the state of divine wisdom (ma’rifa) whereby he will come to know his Lord.
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) at the conclusion of the previously mentioned tradition, ‘There is a state in which all and everything is gathered and it is the divine wisdom,’ says: ‘With it one learns the truth, which gathers within itself all causes and all good. Then one must act upon this truth. One must also know falsehood and act upon it, abandoning all of it.’ And he says, ‘O Lord, show us the truth and make it our lot to follow it, and teach us that which is false and make it easy for us to avoid it.’ And, ‘He who knows his self and opposes its wrong desires truly, comes to know his Lord, and follows His wishes.'”
O Lord, show us the truth and make it our lot to follow it, and teach us that which is false and make it easy for us to avoid it. Ameen
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