Tuesday 20130514 – The subject of God Almighty is the most noble of all subjects. This should be the ultimate concern of all human beings. This series of discussions attempts to understand God The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful, according to the Islamic Doctrine.
Shaikh Umar Farooq Abdullah and Shaikh Hamza Yusuf, in their introduction to this incredible series, emphasised that the essence of knowledge is in the discovery of our Creator, Lord of all. Moreover, the importance of making our knowledge meaningful was the supreme legacy of Islamic civilisation and it remains our task today. They explained further that every religion is founded upon direct experience of Allah Almighty.
In this part, Sh Hamza described the visits of Muhammad Sallallahu`Alayhi Wa Sallam to the Cave of Hira. By secluding himself in the cave, Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu`Alayhi Wa Sallam was removing himself from the world, what we would call today meditation. He was in a contemplative state with a desire to empty his soul of all forms because the soul has to be cleansed of all forms before it can have knowledge of The One who has no forms; Allah The Ever-Living, The Everlasting.
There is great significance of the actual squeeze of Muhammad Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam by the arch angel Jibra`eel AS. The squeezing of any remnants of the world out of his soul as he, Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam, was soon to be filled with three vessels viz. Imaan, Islam and Ihsaan. This is Part 1…