A Hierarchy of Spiritual Excellence in This World
Humans can rise to the most astonishing levels of (so-called) spiritual excellence, greatness and exaltation. Above the angels, if you wish, to the extent God Almighty required of the angels to pay homage and perform Sajdah or special prostration and salutation to them on the day of their creation.
So much so, some of them, humans I mean, are sometimes taken to possess super-human powers and capabilities.
They do not.
All they are doing is rising to the higher levels of their own human potential. And in the process fulfilling what is written in the Qur’an for them as members of the human species:
Laqwad Khalaqnal Insaana Fee Ahsani Taqweem!
We indeed created the human being in the finest mould and formation.
And when I say “humans,” I mean all human beings – male as well as female; Muslim as well as non-Muslim.
Except that Muslims are, by the very nature of things, a cut above.
That is why all the Muslim saints – Awuliyaa Allah – always place, and perform, above their counterpart saints of other faiths and persuasions.
Some of the categories of Muslim “saints” include the following: The Swahaabah Kiraam, Radiyallahu ‘Anhum, and Tabi’een.
And all the Siddeeqween, Shuhadaa’ and Swaaliheen.
And then all the prophets and messengers of Allah, all the Rasuls and Anbiyaa’, ‘alaihimus salam, rank above all the rest of the human beings, no matter how learned, saintly and exalted they may be.
And the Rasuls and Anbiyaa’, ‘alaihimus salam, possess over and above their highest human potential, the special and unique gift of having been chosen as God’s emissaries to other human beings.
They all receive Wahy or what people call in English Divine Revelation from God Almighty above.
So, all the Rasuls and Anbiyaa’, ‘alaihimus salam, are above all the rest of the human beings.
And above them all comes Sayyidina Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, greater than whom there is no one other than God Almighty himself.
As someone said:
Ba’ad az khoda buzorg tu-ee, qwissa mukhtaswar.
After God, you are the greatest, end of story.
Or as someone else said, in a different language:
Da’a madda’athun naswaaraa fee nabiyyihimi
Wahkum bimaa shi’ata madhan feehi wah-takimi.
Just leave what Christians say about their prophet. After that, heap on him whatever praise and exaltation you wish.
Meaning how Christians call Jesus, alaihis salaam, God and son of God, Ma’adhallah.
So, the poet is saying:
Avoid that one thing. Just don’t say that one thing – that Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is God or son of God.
After that, say in his praise whatever else you wish.
And how true!
The Reason Why God Does What He Does
(Inspired by a comment from Dr. Firdaus)
How tempted we all get to speak words like the following:
“The reason why Allah did this.”
And “The reason why God did that.”
Astaghfirullah! As if we know. As if anyone knows.
As if his will and his intent can ever be known or fathomed – by anyone, with regard to anything.
And that is assuming it is not blasphemy of the worst kind, which I have not a doubt in my mind it is, to pretend to be privy to the working of God’s mind.
But facts are facts. And we are humans, endowed with a brain and equipped with a sense of curiosity without bounds.
And we are commanded, explicitly, in the Qur’an, never to stop pondering the mysteries of the universe.
Also, let us not forget that Allah had taught our father Adam “All the Names” – Al-Asmaa-a Kullaha, as the Qur’an puts it.
So, given all that background, and notwithstanding all those caveats, who can stop us from wondering and making all manner of inferential leaps, even about the unfolding of God’s plan in his creation?
Thus, we know for a fact, because the Qur’an tells us that it is so, that when Allah wanted to create Adam he went to dingy, smelly clay, not stardust or a piece of the rainbow.
Min Hama-in Masnoon, the Qur’an calls it.
Now, proceeding from that same premise, when God Almighty wanted to educate the world, where do you think he will go? To a Harvard professor?
Or to a Greek philosopher?
Or to a German scientist?
Or to an Indian Rishi, Egyptian sorcerer or Chinese sage?
Qur’an tells us God went to a Nation of Illiterates in Makkah, Arabia, and from among them fashioned an Illiterate Messenger, untutored by any human agency, and charged him with the task of educating the world.
And commanded him: “Read!”
Anything less would not make sense, would it?
That is the kind of stuff miracles are made of, are they not?
A Continuing Challenge before Those Who Say They Work for Allah
One of the biggest ongoing challenges before those working for Allah -- you, me and anyone else who say they are -- is this: How long will we continue on this difficult and rather lonely path of Allah’s work?
Hazrat Nuh, Alaihis Salam, stayed forever.
Hazrat Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, took every challenge and hardship life threw at him and stayed the course.
Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, never looked back, even under the severest of tests and tribulations.
Hazrat Husain, the Prophet’s beloved grandson, may Allah be pleased with him, gave his life fighting for justice and liberty, rather than submit to a life of bondage and injustice.
So, the question always is, who will stay the course; who will be steadfast; and who will blink or buckle?
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