Ramadan and Revival of the soul

Ramadan and Revival of the soul

Metaphysical perspective

Rama’dan wa i’hyaul nafs

رمضان واحياء النفس

According to the holy Quran the ultimate purpose of fasting is to maintain the principle of piety-morality; the state of being God conscious-ta’qwa, within our entire being and to be God conscious-mutta’qi at all times;

“.. Fasting is ordained for you..so that you might remain conscious of God-2:183

كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

Accordingly, fasting is an essential divine path towards the Beloved, if it is observed sincerely and in accordance to the teachings of the Quran and the wisdom of Prophet Muhammad. This follows that fasting is an act which allows man’s inner reality to engage in the process of pursuing piety-ta’qwa, or being conscious of God’s pleasure in obeying Him, and being conscious of God’s punishment in disobeying Him.

The state of ta’qwa-cosmological consciousness, would enable the soul-nafs to ultimately engage in the divine process of self purification “tazkiyat al-Nafs” which would lead towards God, the ultimate Truth-al’ha’qq. This divine process represents a Real connection to all aspects of life. The truth seeker would ultimately transform his “ta’qwa-morality” into real action and a true relationship with the various aspects of life. Such relationship becomes life itself with all of its dimensions. He will be conscious of the divine rights of every entity around him. His inner vision will pierce through the illusionary veil of the ephemeral world and he will be able to see the cosmological divine balance-almizan, of the whole creation-alwujud. Hence a sincere desire will emerge from his core-lubbih, to maintain this divine Balance of the cosmos; to give everything in the cosmos, the physical and spiritual, its due rights.

When the process of ta’qwa-morality, begins to take hold on the soul-nafs of Man then the soul will be given transcendent illuminations-ishra’qat muta’aliya, from the divine world of realities “’alam almalakoot”. These divine ishra’qat-illuminations, within the heart will inevitably cause the dead heart come to life, real cosmic soul-nafs wujudiya ‘haqiqiya; as it is indicated in 6:122 of the holy Quran:

or whoever was dead [in spirit] and whom We thereupon gave life,”

أَوَ مَن كَانَ مَيْتًا فَأَحْيَيْنَاهُ (6:122)

This divine infused cosmological life is sustained by the divine effusion-alfai’th almu’qadas, of love from “almu’hyi-the Reviver”(1). Hence the dead cosmic soul-al nafs al wujudiya almayyita, will be elevated from darkness into the “Majestic light-alnoor alilahi” of the divine vicinity of the Beloved-ludunhi”, Hence such pure souls and those who seek God’s pleasure(..those who seek His pleasure-5:16)” will be guided to the divine paths of peace in this world and in the Hereafter; an inner peace within themselves and they advocate peace among their fellow man, and they will enjoy peace in the Hereafter, as stated in:

5:16 through which God shows unto those who seek His pleasure the paths of peace ..

يَهْدِي بِهِ اللّهُ مَنِ اتَّبَعَ رِضْوَانَهُ سُبُلَ السَّلاَمِ وَيُخْرِجُهُم مِّنِ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ بِإِذْنِهِ وَيَهْدِيهِمْ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ (5:16)

And they will be brought out from the darkness of their lower soul into the divine light of the Cosmos, as stated in:

..”brings them out of the depths of darkness into the light and guides them onto a straight way.”

وَيُخْرِجُهُم مِّنِ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ بِإِذْنِهِ وَيَهْدِيهِمْ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ (5:16

Such revived hearts will be enabled to breath the new divine breath of the Compassionate-nafasul-Ra’haman (2), and consequently will revive the divine nature of God, infused in Man “fi’tratu Allah (3)” which will begin its divine decreed function in search for the divine sustenance of divine wisdom; just like the new born child who searches for his mother’s milk at the moment of his birth. When the new born cosmological soul begins its journey towards al’ha’qq, it will be aided by the divine light of Truth-noor of al’ha’qq. Such noor is manifest to those who are in search for the same Lover and such light will be recognized and honoured by other people who have the desire to be guided, as stated in;

“..and for whom We set up a light whereby he might see his way among men. (6:122)

وَجَعَلْنَا لَهُ نُورًا يَمْشِي بِهِ فِي النَّاسِ َ

Those truth seekers whom are given divine light by the Beloved will be enabled to walk through life in the shadow of God’s Mercy and Love



Note: This post was initially posted last Ramadan and I am re posting it with more update.

For other related articles by Katib; see:

1- Ramadan and the stations of guidance

2- Ramadan and the best provision for the soul


(1) almu’hyi-the reviver; literally means the One who revive life, and it is one the attributes of Allah SW

(2) nafasul-Ra’haman or divine breath of the Compassionate is a term used by the great Sufi master “ibn ‘arabi” in his “Meccan illuminations” collection.

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