In Allah’s Great Love
From the field of Certainty the field of Insight is born. Allah Most High says, “…when they remember God they see.” (7:201)
Zikrullah, Remembrance, brings us to see. Zikrullah is the Way of dervish lovers.
Insight is being able to see, and it involves three things: Having insight into God’s acceptance
Having insight into being a follower
Having insight into Reality
Having insight into God’s acceptance lies in finding familiarity (ashna’i) with God, as we read in the Quran, “Now clear proofs have come to you from your Lord, proofs to open your eyes, if any will see it will be for the good of their own soul.” (16:104)
I think this means that first we see that God has accepted us and then called us and then shown Himself/Herself to us through clear signs, creating familiarity with us, nearness to us. This is like the Lover who approaches with a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates and sweet words on the tongue. Our heart is softened and opened and we in turn accept God and welcome God from our side and feel familiar with God.
Having insight into following is being firm in following the Prophetic tradition, as we read in the Quran, “I invite you to Allah upon clear insight, I and whoever follows me.” (12:108)
The Prophet, may he be showered in divine peace, has been instructed to tell us that he guides to Allah through clear seeing and that whoever follows his light will also see clearly and will see God directly. Allah has given us the faculty of vision to see Allah. The seeing of the Prophet and those like him is what will open our own seeing. To be firm in following the Prophetic tradition means to stay close to the Prophet’s heart. The path is not something we walk on our own, nor is it something we create, even though each of our paths is unique to our own soul. On our path we return to God through intimacy of our heart with the Prophet’s heart, or with the heart of any of his family members or inheritors or representatives, for they are all extensions of his heart. The Prophetic Heart is the heart of all bearers of truth in all Paths. If we follow any one of these we will be successful. Heart in heart back to the Source, heart in heart in the Source.
Having insight into Reality is seeing your Lord with the eye of your heart, as we read in Quran, “…the earth…the mountains…and all beautiful life forms are to be observed and commemorated by every obedient servant turning.” (50:8)
Seeing one’s Lord is the ultimate seeing, the goal of seeing, and this is done with the eye of the heart. It seems as though Shaykh Ansari is saying that when we see our Lord we will also see all life forms as part of our Lord. As we ‘commemorate’ these life forms and give thanks for them we are praising Allah.
Having insight into God’s acceptance springs from contemplation of one’s experiences, and the signs and proofs of God’s creation.
In the revelations of the Quran Allah inspires us to contemplate our birth as a human being, to contemplate the noble station of our parents, to contemplate the cycles of creation through the flux of seasons, the alternation of day and night, the beating of the hearts and blinking of eyes, to contemplate the beauty of creation in the stars, the mountains and the oceans, to contemplate the miracle of resurrection when life returns to the earth after it has died. If we look at these wonders with the eyes of our heart we cannot deny that Allah exists and that Allah is constantly demonstrating love and wisdom to us.
Having insight into being a follower lies in the revealed Scriptures, the actions and teachings of the Prophet and the writings of the sincere followers of the Prophet.
Reading the scriptures, becoming familiar with the actions and teachings of the Prophet and the writings of the sincere followers sings to our heart and makes us vibrate in resonance with the Heart of Allah and Allah’s guides, making us followers of Love. These texts also guide us how to follow. So having ‘insight into being a follower’ is both seeing ‘following’ as our innate condition (those who are created by Love for love), and learning how to follow better, aligning our heart more finely with the Truth.
Having insight into Reality may be likened to the light illuminating the heart that calls upon you saying, ‘this is it,’ an echo in the ears singing, ‘I am here,’ and a clear sign on the path declaring, ‘I am with you.’
Having insight into Reality is a direct experiencing of Reality through nearness. It is interesting that Shaykh Ansari uses the metaphor of light, what is seen and what allows us to see, as the agent which calls upon you, the auditory. At this level of spiritual experiencing the senses can merge and function as each other. Al Sami, the One Who hears, and Al Basir, the One Who sees, are the same.
With the awakening words, This is it, the Truth is telling us that what we are experiencing is Itself, Himself, Herself. This is the confirmation we have been waiting for, to know for sure that our life experience is God.
I am here, I am with you - these are the heart melting words confirming that God is fully present to us and speaking to us directly so that we know with utter certainty that God is with us, surrounding us, protecting us and guiding us.
Ya Allah, Ya Insan, Ya Sami, Ya Basir, Ya Hu