Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Fixed and Mutable Destiny/Levels of Quran.

Bismi'llah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim...for the sake of Prophet Muhammad saws and Sheikh Nazim may Allah protect his secret.

Thanks to "az" for this;

"It is known that there are two types of destiny: The first kind of destiny is termed qada'an mucallaq which means Suspended or Mutable Destiny. It is written on the lawh al-mahfudh/the Preserved Tablet. This will vary according to will and behavior, cause and effect. All saints can change this kind of destiny for their mureeds/followers, in order to train them and to influence their destiny by changing their actions and behavior. The authority to change the Mutable Destiny is given to the Shaykhs for their mureeds because they are connected to each other by Divine Will.
The second type of destiny is contained in Umm al-Kitab, the Mother of the Book, as mentioned in the ayat/verse: Yamhullahu ma yasha'u wa yuthbit, wa cindahu Umm ul-kitab [13:39] Allah blots out or confirms what He pleases: with Him is the Mother of the Book, and is called qada'an mubram which means Fixed Destiny. Saints never interfere in that Fixed Destiny which is in the Hand of the Creator. Allah gave the authority to change the Fixed Destiny only to the Nine Saints who are at the highest level in the Divine Presence, by permission from the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam peace be upon him who is first to take that power from Allah. They control the Nine Points of human consciousness related to the different stages of the Ascent of an individual on his path to the Divine Presence. Allah gave these Nine Saints, whose number has not changed from the time of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam peace be upon him until today, the power to use Sultan adh-dhikr, the Greatest Remembrance.
Everyone knows that dhikr is primarily the repetition of la ilaha illallah/there's no god but Him, and that is what is practiced by all tariqats/Orders including the Naqshbandiyya. But the Sultan adh-dhikr is a completely different type of dhikr.
Allah said, 'Inna nahnu nazzalna-dh-dhikra wa inna lahu la-hafidhun [15:9] We have revealed the dhikr, and we are the One to protect that dhikr in you.' The dhikr mentioned here is the Holy Qur'an. The dhikr of these nine saints, besides la ilaha illallah, is the 'Secret of the Holy Qur'an'. They recite the Qur'an, not as we recite it reading from beginning to end, but they recite it with all its secrets and inner realities. Because Allah said 'wa la ratbin wa la yabisin illa fa kitabin mubeen [6:59] Nor is there anything fresh or dry but is inscribed in a clear Record.' None of God's creations in all the created universes has not been mentioned already, with all its secrets, in the Clear Book, the Qur'an.
The saint reciting the Qur'an in Sultan adh-Dhikr is therefore reciting it with all the secrets of every creation, from beginning to end. Allah gave every letter of the Qur'an, according to the Nine Highest Masters of the Naqshbandi Order [this was the first time the Shaykh ever mentioned this secret], twelve thousand knowledges. The Qur'an contains around 600,000 letters, so for every letter, these saints are able to take 12,000 knowledges!
Each of these nine saints differs from the other in his level as well. We may see that one of them, for example, was able to recite the Holy Qur'an by the power of Sultan adh-Dhikr, which is to grasp 12,000 meanings on every letter, only once in his life. Another was able to recite it three times in his life. The third was able to do it nine times in his life. Another was able to recite it 99 times in his life.
This secret differed from one saint to another. Shah Naqshband may Allah sanctify his soul & bless his secret was able to do it 999 times in his life. Our Master Ahmad al-Faraqi was able to recite it 9,999 times in his life. Shaykh Sharafuddin was able to recite it 19,999 times."
Here Shaykh Abdullah stopped. Shaykh Nazim said, 'In every breath Grandshaykh Abdullah Daghestani was exhaling with Sultan adh-Dhikr and inhaling with Sultan adh-Dhikr. He used to complete the secret of Qur'an twice in every breath.'
from 'Classical Islam and the Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition', Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

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