Thursday, April 21

12 Rabi'ul Awwal

It is this day when Allah took mercy on His creations and created from the purest of souls, a Being most worthy of our love and affection, whom we would look upto in deeds for a better life in this World and Hereafter. He is our beloved Prophet Mohamamd (sws) who was born for Al'Alameen...and not just for the Muslims.
Lets remind ourselves of his greatness, every day..and most of it today. Here are some of his quotes/hadith and his favours on humankind:

Some Words of Wisdom from Prophet Mohammad (sws)

"Whoever knows his own self knows his Lord, Allah the Creator".

"Acquire knowledge, it enables its professor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven. It is our friend in the
desert, our company in solitude and companion when friendless. It guides us to happiness, it sustains us in misery, it is an ornament amongst friends and an armor against enemies."


. "What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured." (Bukhari)

. "Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith." (Muslim)
"Who is the most favored of Allah? He, from whom the greatest good comes to His creatures." (Bukhari)

"To overcome evil with good is good, to resist evil by evil is evil."

. "Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind." (Muslims & Bukhari)

"Conduct yourself in this world, as if you are here to stay forever; prepare for eternity as if you have to die tomorrow.",
(Bukhari)

•"The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended".

•"Everyone will find easy to do such deeds as will lead him to his destined place for which he has been created".

Tuesday, April 5

AL-LAUH'UL-MAHFOOZ

Al-Lauhul Mahfuz - the sacred Book of Fate
( Dr.Omar Lum )
Dreams and the Sacred Tablet

In the Sacred Tablet ( AlLauhul Mahfuz) Allah swt. has written all the events that will take place in the Universe from the beginning of time till the end of time. Some scholars refuse to speculate on the nature of the AlLauhul Mahfuz. Other scholars say that the Sacred Tablet has events that are predestined and fore-ordained engraved on it in a manner that nobody can see the writing with his/her own eyes.
Imam Ghazali gives the example of a Quran reciter who has memorised the Holy Quran .
The words of the Holy Quran are engraved in the reciters brain. Yet if you dissect the reciters brain you cannot find a single physical trace of the Quran. According to Imam Ghazali, the spiritual heart can be conceptualised as a clean, spotless mirror. Similarly, the Sacred Tablet (Al-Lauhul Mahfuz) can also be conceptualised as another spotless mirror.

Most people have a veil over their hearts due to imperfections in character resulting from diseases of the soul. Passions and temptations are screens between the two mirrors. Where there is no veil between the two mirrors it is possible with the permission of Allah swt. for the spiritual heart to get a reflection of part of the AlLauhul Mahfuz.
During sleep, all the input from the various senses are diminished considerably and hence, they do not exercise any adverse effect on the soul. Sleep keeps the brain free from being pre-occupied with the processing of all sensory input that normally bombards the brain during the waking hours. Instead of being totally inactive, the brain remains partially active during sleep.
( Students of the neurosciences can appreciate this better by noting that during wakefulness, ascending reticular activating system (ARAS) brain activity is at its maximum. During REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which takes place 90-120 minutes
after falling asleep, most ARAS activity is suppressed. However during REM sleep, cholinergic activity in the brain is as great as during wakefulness. Subjects
awakened from REM sleep are likely to report that they were having a visually detailed dream. By most measures the cerebral cortex is in an awake state during REM sleep! )

Prophets and friends of Allah swt. obviously are occasionally privileged to a glimpse of the AlLauhul Mahfuz with the permission of Allah s.w.t. as they do not have a veil over their hearts. Some individuals may have a partial lifting of the veil over the heart during sleep. Any partial lifting of the veil of the spiritual heart and the subsequent partial viewing of the Lauhul Mahfuz, with Allahs swt permission results in the importation of some sensory input to the spiritual heart. The brain attempts to understand the input to the spiritual heart by conceptualisation and perception. The brain then produces symbolic images that help us understand the sensory importation from the Lauhul Mahfuz. We call these dreams. The Prophet s.a.w. said that A true dream is one forty sixth part of prophethood. Satan can also interfere with dreams. For this reason, dreams of men other than pious men, cannot be believed. The Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. advised us to sleep with ablution (wudu) so that we can have internal purity which helps with the lifting
of the veil over the heart, and subsequently the brain is able to formulate dreams without adulteration by satan.

Dream interpretation is an art, which can be perfected with Allah swt. permission as we see in the perfect dream interpretations by the Prophet Yusuf a.s. (Joseph). William Dement, director of Stanford Universitys Centre for Sleep Disorders says that, Theres just too much of a relationship between dream content and important events in life to call dreams as random events. What we have said about dream vision is only a drop of water in the ocean. There is no limit to the miracle and wonders
in the world of dreams.

(This writing of this article was only made possible with the
translation into English of Imam Ghazalis Ihya by Sheikh Suleiman
Noureddine of Adelaide)