The Days of Allah

The days of God

Metaphysical Perspective

  وَذَكِّرْهُم بِأَيَّامِ اللَّه إِنَّ فِي ذَ‌ٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّكُلِّ صَبَّارٍ شَكُورٍ  

 14:5 ..and teach them to remember the Days of Allah.” Verily in this there are Signs for such as are firmly patient and constant,- grateful and appreciative.

Muslim Quran commentators offer various interpretations for the notion of “ayyamil-lah, the days of Allah” but the most prevailing  opinion refer to as “God’s final judgment of man on the Day of Resurrection”. However, such opinion is not conclusive and may be far fetched simply because the Quran often refer to the notion of the “Day of Judgement” in plain words and in the singular form, such as “the day of resurrection”, “the Day of Deen-Judgement”, etc.. But the format in this verse came in the plural which may suggest to more profound meaning than it is rendered by our Quran commentators.

Looking at this notion from a higher understanding the “Days of Allah” has more profound meaning. I believe that there is an ontological relationship between the “Days of Allah” and patience and gratefulness. When a person becomes the embodiment of patience and gratefulness then in essence this person is living the “Days of Allah”. So those moments, segment of time, hours, day, or days in which we live the attributes of patience and gratefulness, are the “Days of Allah”

The “Days of Allah” is a spiritual state of the heart. A state of being in which we are enabled to bring the best out of us in pursuing  the acts of goodness in serving the human cause.

Furthermore, in light of some comments stated below, it seems that there is a need to elaborate further on my short essay above.

The prophetic hadiths mentioned below, Sahih bukhari,  which states that the prophet gave a definition for the “days of Allah” as being “the bounties of Allah“. In addition another prophetic hadith according to  the renowned Quran commentators, such as, Zamakhshari, who states that; on the authority of Ibn Abbas, the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said that “the days of Allah are His Blessings and His trials

Accordingly, now we have two meanings in reference to the “days of Allah” offered by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), according to Sahih bukhari, and Zamakhshari. And these two meanings are, “Bounties as well well as Trials.

Now if were to take the first meaning offered by shaih bukhari, which state that the “days of Allah” to be “the bounties or the blessings of God” and  see how does it agree with the findings mentioned above.

When God bestows His blessings upon a true believer then he or she would be grateful to God. In other words, the expression of gratefulness by a believer is a manifestation of true faith from within. A true conviction in the Omnipotence and Authority of the Giver of his or her bounties. When a believer is always grateful to God’s bounties as the verse implies “shakoor-constantly grateful .” then such believer is continuously conscious of the presence of God and His bounties which are prevalent everywhere. A true believer is always conscious of the Divine presence every moment every hour, and every day. Hence a true believer’s days are passing in the presence of God. Every day that passes a true believer is conscious of God. And that is how the verse above implies that we are reminded to live our days in the presence of God. When we help others we are conscious of the divine presence then we are living the day in the presence of  God; when we spend our days in the pursuant of goodness then we are in essence living the “Days of God”   Furthermore, the same kind of approach in respect of the second meaning offered by the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which is to be as “Trials” according to Zamakhshari as stated below.

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Adill Hissan

Comments were left at “reddit” website and these are:

imra7il

حدثني المثنى قال : حدثنا الحماني قال : حدثنا محمد بن أبان ، عن أبي إسحاق ، عن سعد بن جبير ، عن ابن عباس . عن أبي ، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم : ( وذكرهم بأيام الله ) ، قال : نعم الله .

الحديث المرفوع الذي رواه عبد الله ابن الإمام أحمد بن حنبل في مسند أبيه حيث قال : حدثني يحيى بن عبد الله مولى بني هاشم ، حدثنا محمد بن أبان الجعفي ، عن أبي إسحاق ، عن سعيد بن جبير [ عن ابن عباس ، عن أبي بن كعب ، عن النبي ، صلى الله عليه وسلم ، في قوله تبارك وتعالى : ( وذكرهم بأيام الله ) قال : ” بنعم الله تبارك وتعالى ] ”

these are hadiths reporting that our prophet peace be upon him told them that the “Days of Allah” means the grace (favours) of Allah

This seems highly speculative and unsupported. By no means is it a “higher understanding” to choose a mystical seeming hidden type of explanation (baatiniyyah) over the opinion of Rasulullah, the companions, the scholars of language, etc, which is tafseer.

Further, read the full verse, the Days of Allah clearly refers to particular, special days of worship given to the people of Musa. No need for tenious connections

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Thank you for your input. As I mentioned in my post that there are various opinions regarding the ‘Days of Allah” and I only rendered “the most prevailing opinion” However, the hadith you stated is another opinion. In addition there is another opinion to the one you stated, rendered by several renowned Quran commentators, such as, Zamakhshari, who states that; on the authority of Ibn Abbas, “the days of Allah” are His Blessings and His trials وعن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما: نعماؤه وبلاؤه- . These opinions are related to the exoteric meaning of the Quran. Having said that, none of these opinions are final and further contemplation  is a virtue supported the Quran.

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The Night of al-Qadr

The Night of al-Qadr

The Night Of  Honor

Metaphysical perspective

Reflections

The night of al’Qadr is a representation of the Glory and Majesty of the Almighty God. In this night God is revealing the secret of His sublime Omnipotence and His Lordship over the dominion of all dimensions of existence. In this Blessed night the Beloved makes an unprecedented gesture to reveal His Majesty and Might to all creations even though his creation may not necessarily seek Him. But alwadood-fountain of Love, will not hesitate to manifest His Splendour and Love to all creations indiscriminately. It is a night through which knowing the divine attributes of the Beloved is made possible. Throughout the year Man may fail to draw near the Beloved due to the various worldly veils and acquisitive factors despite the many sincere attempts by many true lovers of the Divine. So it is the Beloved who is drawing near His true servants and it is His way to appreciate such attempts. Continue reading “The Night of al-Qadr”

Ramadan and the stations of guidance

Ramadan and ma’qamat alhuda

Metaphysical perspective

“Month of Ramadan, in which the Qur’an was sent down as guidance unto mankind and clear proofs, of the guidance and of the differentiator (by which to discern the true from the false). 2:185” ….. (3)

Shahru ramadana allathee onzila feehi alquranu hudan lilnnasi wabayyinatin mina alhuda waalfurqani

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِيَ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ

In these sets of divine words the true dimensions of fasting is revealed to all God’s creation. Such dimensions are manifested, through different ranking of realities which varies according to the intensity of the established connections of all seekers of the Absolute. Seekers of the truth can connect to such realities in accordance to the level of their inner universal consciousness and willingness to draw near to the Beloved. Continue reading “Ramadan and the stations of guidance”

Evolution of the Egyptian Revolution

Ever since Mubarak regime ousted from power last year by the incredible Egyptian popular revolution Egypt political future has remained unclear. Tahrir Square protests still ongoing and violence are often the aroma of these events. The sudden eruption of the Egyptian revolution has taken the world by surprise and so have the events of the post revolution period. This phenomena is truly worth studying for all of us particularly those who have an interests in political science. When examining the history of revolutions we shall find that any Revolution is often lead by  a group of revolutionary leaders who take the lead and begin establishing their political vision and embark upon a new governing system and consequently the masses follow the commands of their leaders. But this is not the case with the Egyptian revolution. It has become clear that the Egyptian revolution is very unique in respect to the overall structure of world revolutions. It is leaderless, faceless, and most importantly has no clear vision in the political sense. It lacked political vision and consequently it lost ground to the Islamist movements; as was seen through the latest general elections of “nation assembly -Majlis Alsha’ab” early this year.

One year has already passed since the Egyptian revolution began and it has become very clear that this revolution is still ongoing and there is no sign of an end. This ongoing phenomenon is part of the unique character of this revolution which indicates that the Egyptian revolution is undergoing an evolution. This process of evolution is moving towards a profound goal and that is the freedom of the human spirit. The reason for this unique character, in my opinion, is because the Egyptian youth who are the dynamic force of this revolution, are not satisfied with the overall achievement so far. Their achievements thus far can be classified as a political freedom. The first such achievement, on the political front, is the fall of the Mubarak regime and the second is the general elections which enabled the Islamist elements to win the majority seats.

Certainly this revolution has already achieved one dimension of its goals and that is the political freedom. The people of Egypt have freed themselves from the powerful grip  of political dictatorship. They have yet to achieve the second and most important dimension of their goal and that is their freedom from the clutches of the religious establishment.

In fact the entire Middle East and the Muslim world are yet to achieve their freedom from organized Muslim religion as well as establish religious freedom. What I mean by “freedom from organized Muslim religion” is a freedom from the grip of the self proclaimed guardians of religion. Freedom from the organized religion of Man and begin to freely embrace the religion of universal values of our existence. True religion should be embraced by the free will of Man and not Man is embraced by its oppressive demands. True religion should be with true objective of human freedom which would elevate Man towards his or her true sense of being. Religion whose objective is to serve the human cause and not ask of  Man to serve its creed and encourages him to sacrifice his life for it; as it is the case with Muslim terrorists. Freedom from the organized Muslim religion does not mean to throw away everything to do with this religion and then search for another religion. No and absolutely not, what is required from us as Muslims is to free ourselves from powerful grip of the control of the religious establishment and give them their true size and role in our affairs and the direction of our future. They should be taken as an entity of consultation and not as guardians over our present and future. Their guidance and wisdom and recommendations are to be sought by us and not imposed by them as divine edicts from above the heavens. It becomes our prerogative and choice to adopt or reject their advice and guidance. If their advice is to serve the human cause then we may adopt it otherwise we should be at liberty to reject it without fear of religious condemnation or “declaration of infidelity” or as it is known as “Takfir” Furthermore, there is no religious freedom in the Muslim world. Leaving the organized religion of the Muslims is punishable by death-according to the distorted “Shari’a Laws”; death sentence is issued by the guardian of the religion and not necessarily by the official law of the land. In addition, no non Muslim individual or group are allowed to preach any religion other than Muslim religion and such attempts are prosecutable and may lead to eminent death. In comparison, Muslims in the west are free to practice and preach their religion as well as the freedom to buy a church and convert it into a mosque.

Egypt is a very crucial country for the prospect of true freedom in the Muslim world. It is worth mention that most if not all modern Muslim movements and particularly all modern terrorists Muslim movements; such as AL-Qaeda and its affiliates- have sprung out from Egypt. In other words we can say that “what goes on in Egypt does not stay in Egypt” Hence the dynamic of the Egyptian revolution will profoundly influence and shape up the future of the Muslim world.

In Egypt recently there are some promising signs for the prospect of an important rift between the young generation or the youth of “Tahrir Square” and the Islamist movements. During the continuous peaceful rallies held by the Youth of the Egyptian revolution, in Tahrir square, the Islamist parties made their opposition to such rallies very clear. And they have instructed their followers not to participate in the peaceful Tahrir square protests. These Islamist leaders began to make political concessions to the military supreme Council, merely for the purpose of ascending to power. Now this rift in political vision is very important sign that a new era is beginning to take shape. This era is that of freedom from religious dictatorship which is far more dangerous than the secular dictatorship.

The major problem of the Middle East is not limited to the secular authoritarian regimes but is also related to the religious dictatorship which controls the minds and souls of the Muslims. Both of factors, the secular and religious thrive on the “Fear factor” As for the authoritarian regime opposing the regime means to face the wrath of the beloved leader. As for the theocratic regime, opposing them means to face the wrath of the religious ruler in this world as well as the wrath of their “god” on the Day of Judgement.

Now the Islamist took over the Egyptian parliament through a majority and these Islamist are under the illusion that they succeeded riding on the revolutionary youth to ascend to power but they under-estimated the true strength of this revolution. This revolution does not seek its strength from the backward religious teachings nor any current secular ideology. Rather it seeks its strength from the true human spirit which is destined to live free and aspire to claim its humanness.

The future of the Muslim world will hinge upon its freedom from the tyrannical Muslim religious establishment and it is the only way to embrace the future.

Adill Hissan

Originally published on:   www.al-insan.ca

The Night of al-Qadr

The Night of al-Qadr

The Night Of  Honor

 

Metaphysical perspective

Reflections

The night of al’Qadr is a representation of the Glory and Majesty of the Almighty God. In this night God is revealing the secret of His sublime Omnipotence and His Lordship over the dominion of all dimensions of existence. In this Blessed night the Beloved makes an unprecedented gesture to reveal His Majesty and Might to all creations even though his creation may not necessarily seek Him. But alwadood-fountain of Love, will not hesitate to manifest His Splendour and Love to all creations indiscriminately. It is a night through which knowing the divine attributes of the Beloved is made possible. Throughout the year Man may fail to draw near the Beloved due to the various worldly veils and acquisitive factors despite the many sincere attempts by many true lovers of the Divine. So it is the Beloved who is drawing near His true servants and it is His way to appreciate such attempts, He sends waves of Angels and the mysterious heavenly creation that is called; “the Spirit-al Ru’h”, to the lower world for the purpose of administrating all of the vital needs of existence and to touch upon the hearts of His true lovers. In this night many gates of divine knowledge may open to those who knock on them. All the realities of His attributes are manifested to the hearts of all of truth seekers who strive to assign the rightful prestige and honour to the Beloved. In recognising that He is the source of whatever man has achieved and may achieve. Humanity has always failed to recognise the Omnipotence of God and to give Him His due Majestic Stature and Honour, as He stated in His divine words:

 39:67 And they did not value God’s rightful Majesty, 

      وَمَا قَدَرُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ قَدْرِهِ    
 

But it is through this night humanity is invited to truly ponder about the essence of our existence and the Majestic presence of the Absolute in all aspects of life, and to explore the various stations of the divine knowledge of the cosmos. To ascend upward in the mysterious realms of the Beloved, and ultimately we can succeed in recognizing and restoring the rightful Honour and Majesty of God in respect to the absolute dependency of the entire realms of existence upon His divine mercy and Love, the creator and Necessary Being. And it represents the divine journey of the soul through the longitudinal dimension of existence.

 God desired to reveal to mankind some of the hidden divine actions and commands which are responsible for the full administration and maintenance of the lower world. Hence it establishes an intimate relationship between God and his servants. In this night Allah permits the servant to influence the divine decrees which are detrimental to his or her future outcomes.

And this night represent the disclosure of the execution of God’s wise commands in the universe, as indicated in.44:4

44:4 (Picktall) Whereupon every wise command is made clear

Feeha yufraqu kullu amrin hakeemin

فِيهَا يُفْرَقُ كُلُّ أَمْرٍ حَكِيمٍ 44:4

And God bestows peace “salam” and tranquility upon the hearts of mankind and His lovers if we truly seek His pleasure

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Love & the Divine

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Love

The notion of love is only a secret hiding place for the Beloved.

It is the final station which would lead us to the Divine,

Know that the objects of love are only veils which separate us from the True Love; the Beloved.

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Bara’a has passed away; May God Bless her Soul

 

With great saddness and sorrow

the little girl Bara’a has passed away.

We ask the Almighty God

to recieve her soul

 with His Love and Mercy.

 “We are belong to God and to Him we shall all return-Quran”

 

Listen to Bara’a Quran recitation during her stay in the hospital:

http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=NnNS9ID9Ecw&feature=player_ embedded

Here is Bara’a story which was published early this year: Continue reading “Bara’a has passed away; May God Bless her Soul”

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