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The concept of TAWHID based on the Taiyebi Ismaili belief. The presentation based on my reading of Book - History of Ismaili Philosophy - Phil Corbin. The Nashihat of Sayedi Sadik Ali Saheb. The vaaz bayan Mubarak of Al - Hayyul Muqaddas Sayedna Mohammad Burhanuddin Saheb (AQ) and other open available internet reading material.
Tawhid ehne kahiye je chhe Khuda na muka
gar chhe khuda nathi pun janje khuda chhe
this than is OUR DEEN
The Essence – the Truth – the Haqiqat
Our DEEN comprises of shariat of all notaqa beginning from Nabi Adam (SA)
and finding ultimate zenith in the shariat of khatamun Nabi Mohammad (SA)
apne sagla notaqa ne sachaviye chhe
Our belief is that the shariat of Adam (SA) was complete in itself, at that period of
time , likewise the shariat of all the Nabi following him was complete in itself.
Example : The development of the child in the mothers womb.
1st month -what ever is required for the nourishment and the development of the
child is very much there - complete in all respect - in the 1st month.
Likewise, the 2nd month is inclusive of the growth and nourishment of the 1st month
and the requirement of the 2nd month.
In a sense complete in itself. Like wise all the following months till the 6th month.
Our DEEN is complete in all aspects - now nothing more is to be added to the all
inclusive shariat of Rasul Allah (SA)
The Growth of DEEN - the ma’ad (return to the place of GRACE -
Alam ul Ibda (the Pelorama) from which we had fallen
THE DEEN IS COMPLETE WITH RASULALAH (SA)
till the date of Qayamat
everything has been crystallized
NOW COMES OUR INDVIDUAL PURSUIT
TO RETURN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE
TO OUR ORIGINAL ABODE
ALAM UL IBDA
what we need now for our return journey is
THE VALAYAT OF MOULANAALI (SA)
THE IMAMS (SA)
and DOAT UL MUTLAQEEN
Now true VALAYAT of DAI UZ ZAMAN is sufficient enough for a mumin to qualify
his entry into JANNAH - no doubt what so ever in this. VALAYAT is the bedrock.
Muqaddas Moula Taher Saifudin saheb (RA) has said : (not the exact words)
mumin na dil ma jo hamari faqt mohabbat hase, gar chey ehna aamal ghanaj kum
athva kusurvar hase, thena bavajud, mumin, hamari ikhlas thi mohabbat na sabab
JANNAT ma dakhil thai gayo.
However, the Ahadees of Rasul Allah (SA) ‘ talabatul Ilm farizato mumin wa
muslemah’ makes it imperative on us all to seek true knowledge.
There are different stations of JANNAH and in order to achieve those exalted
stations, to experience the supreme bliss and joy, to aspire for the nearness of
Awliyah Kiram, to be in the sacrosanct and holy of the holies place, the inner
circle of JANNAH – we have to actively pursue the Ilm of TAWHID
TRUE Ilm of Tawhid is attained by being fully focused and it is attained by
acquiring from house of Ilm e A’la Mohammad (SA)
Now this presentation , is for all those who want to undertake this enriching
journey of understanding and enlightment.
SO LET US START WITH HAMD OF ALLAH
Now seeing all the strife and pain in this world, the futility of all this
A question comes up in many a mind
A simple and straight forward one
many are afraid to ask, but others do ask
WHY DID ALLAH HAVE TO CREATE THIS WORLD OF STRIFE AND
SEEMING FUTILITY – WHY OH WHY ?
A GOOD QUESTION INDEED
VERY DIFFICULT TO ANSWER
SIMPLY PUT - I KNOW NOT – ALLAH KNOWS BEST
HOWEVER, OUR DEEN HAS ANSWERS
WITH MY VERY LIMITED KNOWLEDGE
I WILL TRY TO ANSWER
AND HOPE IT WILL HELP IN YOUR UNDERSTANDING
PLOTINUS - the founder of Neo-Platonism , whose philosophy had a great
influence on shi’hi Islamism gives one reason – ALLAH knows best, but here
we are trying to understand to the best of our ability
at least we are making a honest attempt
One of the reason is ‘bonum diffusm sui ‘
which means GOOD DIFFUSES ITSELF
What it means is that ALLAH WHO IS EMBODIMENT OF GOOD
COULD NOT CONTAIN HIMSELF TO HIMSELF
IT WAS IN NO WAY LIMITING - HE COULDHAVE CONTAINED
BUT HE WILLED FOR THE OUTFLOW
THE EMANATION AS PER THE THEORY OF EMANATION
BY PLOTINUS IN HIS ‘ENNEADS’
THIS UNIVERSAL TRUTH CAN BE EASILY FOUND IN OUR DAILY LIVES
GOOD WILL ALWAYS DIFFUSE
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE AN OUTFLOWING
IT WILL THOUCH AND REFRESH AND ENRICH MANY A LIVES
THE LIVING PRESENCE OF AQA MOULA (TUS)
THE RADIANCE THAT EMANATES IN HIS HAZARAT
IS ONE GOOD EXAMPLE
When Allah - glory be to Him! - willed that the source of His most Beautiful
Names - which are beyond enumeration - be seen (or you can equally say that
He willed His source to be seen), He willed that they be seen in a microcosmic
being which contained the entire matter, (1) endowed with existence, and
through which His secret was manifested to Him. For how a thing sees itself
through itself is not the same as how it sees itself in something else which acts
as a mirror for it.
S o here we have another understanding that
ALLAH WILLED HIS SOURCE TO BE SEEN
TO BE MANIFESTED
SO HE CREATED A SHAFFAF SPACE
A MIRROR IN OUR DAILY PARLANCE
SO THAT HE CAN SEE HIS TAJJALLI
Now this is what Al – Arabi has to say in
his Book : Fusus al –Hikam
To any one who really wants to understand TAWHID I would highly recommend the
reading of NASIHAT of Sayedi Sadik Ali Saheb .
In very easy to understand lyrical language he makes us understand the
TAWHID of Allah – its true meaning as stated in the start of my presentation
Knowledge is not hidden - he says ‘aakas hidayat na varse chhe…’
we are to blame if we keep our container upside down.
here I am not talking of “Haqiqat sabaks’ the entire presentation is based on published
material accessible on the Net , published Books and most important in the Noorani
bayan mubarak of Aqa Moula (TUS) in numerous vaaz mubarak.
What is Tawhid ? Let us delve a little deeper in our understanding of Tawhid
Words are mere signposts, but they help us in our understanding .
TAWHID comes from the Arabic word ‘ Wahid’ or’ Ahad’
It has 3 parts
ALLAH IS THE CREATOR
ALLAH IS THE SUSTAINER
ALLAH IS THE PRESERVER
HE IS THE RABB
‘Alhamdolilah Rabbil A’lamin’ (Rabb of the worlds)
HE is everywhere by HIS Knowledge – by HIS Mercy- HE looks after everything
But HE is
Not part of the worlds (A’lams)
HE IS DISTINCT FROM IT
He is the CREATOR but is not a part of HIS Creation
A’lam e Ibda – A’lam e Roohani and Jismul Mutlaq – the total body
‘jehna A’ashir ne hawala chhe’
TAWHID implies the unity, coherence and harmony , between all the parts of the
Universe . Everything is related to the same Origin and Source, every constituent of
the world is the part of the same whole, and all parts constitute one Unity.
There is a purpose and meaning to the entire Universe, a meaning and purpose that
can be seen in some of the parts.
All are the creation of one and the same ALLAH and all are uniform in their
All reality issues from the ONE - Who is the sole Absolute Reality, which is also
Plato ‘ Beauty is in the splendor of Truth’
In the following slides we will be a witness to this truth of Plato
Everything in the Cosmos is the result of the this reflection or thophany (tajalli)
The first emanation - the tajalli in Aqal Aw’wal
We have being trying to understand TAWHID with the help of words
Now in the following slides we will understand Tawhid with splendid images
Of the Universe
When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When
you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.
Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is
the “I Am” that is deeper than name and form.
Stillness is your essential nature. What is stillness? The inner space or
awareness in which the words on this page are being perceived and become
thoughts. Without that awareness, there would be no perception, no thoughts,
You are that awareness, disguised as a person.
From the Book: The Stillness Speaks - Eckhart Tolle
Note : It is suggested to play the pptx: SPACE (1)
Before we start to see some breathtaking pictures of the Cosmos taken by the
HUBBLE let us become still - let us BE IN THE NOW – THE PRESENT – let us shut off
all the mind clatter , so that our subconscious reveals its self
As you become still and focused IN THE NOW
and watch the Space Slide Show -You will surely grasp the
The Truth which is also beauty as said by Plato
just listen to this sound clip - it will take you in the NOW
Ant’s Nebula, so called because of its unique shape and located between
3000 – 6000 light years
Merging of 2 galaxies NCG 2007 and IC 2163 located 114
million light years
Words are escaping us when you discover these
monumental pictures of colors and light.
The Eagle Nebula or M16 can be found in the
Serpent contallation, and it’s like an open
window at the centre of a starry night. At the
centre, many young stars forming creating a
Our Milky Way - the red marker induicates the
position and size of our Sun
This small dot
Just look at the picture for
sometime – become silent, reflect
on all the Ukool rohaniyah
The tadbeer of Moulana A’shir
deriving nazarat from all the
ukools above him in A’lam e
This picture is taken by the Cassini
Juygens probe in 2004 . When it
arrived at the rings of Saturn
So you have just been a witness to the beauty and vastness of the COSMOS .
But the truth is that modern science speaks of the vastness in a quantitative manner
-It deals with only one level of cosmic existence , no matter how many zeros it adds
to distances in galactic and interstellar space – but the whole of the material
universe, no matter how extended its physical dimensions might be……………
Is like a speck of dust before the grandeur of the World of Spirit
and our DEEN is primarily concerned with the A’lam more grand
more luminous and Everlasting
Now let us turn our attention to that A’lam e roohani
With the help of the powerful HUBBLE Telescope, it was possible to witness the
beauty and vastness of the COSMOS
Now in order to understand the Truths contained in our DEEN
Let us take up the Nashihat of Syedi Sadik Ali Saheb
The spiritual outflow of verses will indeed present before you a
visual panorama of the haqiqat that happened in the archangelic pleroma
A’lam ul Ibda
So in how simple, lucid verses Sayedi Sadik Ali Saheb with the help of words
visualizes the Haqiqat Truths . If one is to re read the verses of this Nashihat several
times, he will definitely understand the truths.
We did not listen to Moulana A’shir in the roohani A’lam
we were obstinate, unrelenting
But all the same Moulana A’shir loved us, he was so very understanding
so appropriately Sayedi Sadik Ali Saheb says:
‘laachar thai nakha aa duniya na ghara ma’
He becomes the demiurge
“aa duniya na A’shir ne hawala chhe’
Hayula (The Total Body – Jismul Mutlaq) ma thi Moula A’shir tadbeer e a’khir kari
sagla ja’no ne roohani ni A’lam taraf walse
Here let me again recall the nasihat of Syedi Sadik ali Saheb , at the very begging of
‘tawhid ehne kahye je chhe khuda na muka
gar chhe khuda nathi, pan janje khuda chhe ‘
so true Tawhid in our age is the faith and love
For our beloved Aqa Moula (TUS)
Here let me share my thoughts expressed in the voice clip
A’alam ul Ibda (duration 14 min)
If one has heard the voice clip with due attention, the bayan mubarak of Aqa Moula
(TUS) is very easy to understand , it is the essence of truth, it is all pervading, and
exudes the fragrance of an enlightened soul.
Here I would like to draw the attention to the depth and all encompassing beauty of
In the Book Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – who is regarded as one of the most
influential Spiritual Teacher of Modern Age, a question is put forward to him
‘Does God need time for personal growth ?’
The immediate answer given by Eckhart is YES
but he seems to be all confused to explain why GOD should need time and space for
growth . It appears to be blasphemy. It means GOD is not perfect !!
In the next 2 pages of the book (pages 82 & 83) he tries to explain, but not
convincingly. The reason is that GOD in all other monolithic religion except Islam, has
a restricted meaning.
Now friends, GOD is not MUBDE HAQ SUBHANAHU - THE ONE who is beyond our
understanding and comprehension.
GOD if understood as the 3rd Archangel – Adam e Ruhani – Moulana A’shir – the
Spiritual Adam – the demiurge of our world
YES in a sense HE needs time for personal growth. HE has to ascend to the position
in Al’am ul Ibda. HE has to ascend to his original position .
Words are a ’tool’ in the understanding of Truths . But in Islam the words themselves
are full of deep meaning. As the subject is TAWHID let me show you the depth of the
word ALLAH in Arabic with reference to the commonly used word GOD .
Bring your complete awareness and just look at the word for a few seconds. Just look.
Here you have it
The essence of ALLAH -
wahdahu la sharika laka
remains even if individual
Arabic alphabets are removed
All meaning ALLAH
Now let us do a similar exercise with the words representing the SUPREME BEING
JEHOVA in Judaism
AHURA MAZDA in Zoroastrianism
GOD in Christianity
BHAGWAN in Hinduism
BEING in modern Spiritual thinking
Just try removing the alphabets
does the essence remains the same
obviously it does not
this than my friends is
The Beauty – Depth - Truth
of our DEEN
Our Moula (TUS) is mufa’t-tarazul –taa’at
This than is the true TAWHID
He says like all the Doat Mutlaqeens have said :
I am doing the tadbeer
Just keep me in your heart and gaze
I will surely bring you to me
I will surely bring you to me .
He is the only one who will take us back to our vatan e kadeem
this than is TAWHID in its all encompassing sense.
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This presentation on TAWHID is act of shukr – valayat – ma’refat
for the azeem ehsanaat and karam of
Our MOULA giving us a MOULA
wa ma tawfiqa illa bi Llah
abde syedna (TUS)
Asgar Fakhrudin - Kolkata
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