بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّ حِيْمِ
When Allah gives us a message in the Holy Qur’an the common practice of a lot of people is to put a meaning to it; what they think is right, and confine it to that alone. What we need to understand is that the Qur’anic meanings of each verse are so comprehensive that it is actually impossible for us to completely understand them. The translation alone is not the complete message because each word has so many dimensions of meanings associated with it.
For example Allah says in the Qur’an;
‘Take note that amongst you is the Messenger of Allah’. (49:7)
Some people interpret this to mean that the Sunnah or the way of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pboh) will always be with us; therefore we can get guidance from it. However don’t you think that if Allah meant the Sunnah of His beloved (pboh) He would have specified that ‘his sunnah is with us’?
Instead He says that the Messenger is with us. What then does it mean? This is something that is difficult to understand through scientific reasoning and logic. From a spiritual point of view the Prophet (pboh) has a special connection with the believers in a way we cannot logically comprehend; even though he left this physical dimension.
Take for example standing in front of his blessed tomb; he is reported to have said “no one sends salaams on me except Allah has returned my soul to me so that I can return his salam”.
So if you were to physically stand in front of the room that contains his blessed body and engage in sending peace and blessings on him Allah causes his soul to reunite with his physical body so that he can respond to your greeting. And if you look at live footage of Madinah you will see that night and day visitors to his Holy Masjid are continuously standing in front of his tomb sending salaams on him. Is it then that his soul is continuously in his body? Because we know that the bodies of all the Messengers never decay as he is reported to have said “the earth has been prohibited by Allah to eat the bodies of the Prophets”.
What about those who are not directly in front his blessed tomb. He is reported to have said that “Allah has appointed an angel to my grave; whosoever sends darood upon me, until the Day of Judgment his darood is presented to me along with his name and his father's name”.
This process of him replying to our salutations is something which we really cannot conceive through rational thinking. Only Allah knows. What we need to do is try to establish a lasting connection with him and in so doing we will want to attach ourselves to him through sheer love. Either through the following of his sunnah or through gaining more and more knowledge of him; in whatever way you choose you will not want to break your attachment from him.
To take it a step further, the human personality contains things that we know are existing yet we cannot see them. Such an important dimension of the human personality is with us; i.e. the soul but we know little of it? Have you seen the soul and what do we know about it? Allah says concerning the soul ‘We have not given you much knowledge of it’.
So if we have such an important dimension of our personality and know so little of it; how then can we really comprehend the true personality of Prophet Muhammad (pboh) and all his capabilities and capacities? So when Allah says he is amongst you know that the Prophet (pboh) is with you. How? Only Allah knows but one thing we understand is that Allah has given us all a special dimension in our personalities through which we can understand things which cannot be experienced through reason and logic.
It is only through the non-physical element of the human personality that one can gain religious experiences. And that is what Islamic spirituality is all about; when you concentrate and meditate using the internal sense. Through this effort you will in fact be activating that capacity in you that enables you to have knowledge of the unseen. If you can activate the qalb you will get experiences that would make this world and all it contains seem so very insignificant.
Perhaps this is why Prophet Muhammad (pboh) is reported to have said “fear the vision of the true believer, for he sees with the light of Allah”.
Why did he not mention all believers? This should equip your mind as to the reality of Islamic Spirituality.
Let us all make a conscious effort to work at activating and culturing the non-physical element of our personalities. May Allah make it easy for us and keep us rightly devoted to this struggle. May He bless us all, guide us and take care of all our affairs in this world and the next.
Transcript of discourse delivered by
Maulana Dr. Waffie Mohammed