From the field of Repentance the field of Magnanimity is generated.
Magnanimity means being humble and living justly.
Allah the Exalted says, “Stand unwaveringly for justice.” (4:135)
Magnanimity has three cornerstones: living wisely and intelligently with oneself, living with patience with people, and living in need of Allah.
I would like to add to this portion of Field Two a Hadith from the beloved Prophet, may he be immersed in loving peace, which I feel helps to illuminate it and illustrate it with actual human traits that we see in our self.
It is taken from a book of hadith gathered by Ayatullah Hasan Shirazi and translated by John Morrow.
Allah the Exalted has declared: O child of Adam (the pre-eternal Adam containing both male and female, father and mother)! Indeed the Truth has been revealed to you from your Lord and Lover. Whoever desires to believe they are free to believe. And whoever wants to disbelieve, let them disbelieve.
Truly your limited self is such that you are not good to a person unless that person is good to you. And you do not contact your relatives unless they contact you first. And you do not speak with a person unless they speak to you first. And you do not feed a person unless they feed you. No one is superior over another in this.
In truth, the believers are those who believe in Allah and His Messengers, who do good to those who do bad to them, who contact those who have broken ties of relationship with them, give to those who do not give to them, are just to those who are unjust to them, talk to those who isolate themselves from them, and respect those who disrespect them.
Estagfirullah! Hu! This hadith hits the center of the limited self. May we pray and strive to transform the traits of our limited self into the beautiful qualities of the people of faith! May we support each other in our striving for the good.
May we be victorious.
The signs of living wisely with oneself are three: knowing one’s own worth, evaluating and realizing one’s limitations, and striving to improve oneself.
The signs of living patiently with people are three: being satisfied and content with people according to their respective capacities, accepting and understanding their apologies, and being fair to them to the best of your ability.
The signs of living in need of Allah are three: to be thankful and grateful for whatever one receives from Allah, apologizing to Allah for the smallness of what one can offer to Allah, and accepting Allah’s will as good for oneself.
This, together with yesterday’s transmission completes Field Two. I especially like the section on living patiently with people. I find it very generous and helpful. We often fall into complaint about others, while here we are encouraged to be content with people according to their capacity. This is part of the ‘overlooking of the faults of others’ that we are guided to do by the Prophet, may he be showered in Allah’s loving peace. We are instructed to overlook their faults, just as we ask Allah to overlook our faults.
Questions may arise from statements within the transmissions. You could discuss these with your Circle guides and with each other. For instance, what does it mean to know one’s worth. Does it mean that we should see our essential impoverishment, or does it mean that we should know which level we are on, in which field we are? I feel that to know truly where one is takes mature wisdom - it is not a knowledge we can readily access. However, I think that we can learn to honestly see our faults and shortcomings, which is necessary on any path of evolution. However, we should not abase ourself. The transmission of the Way is to both elevate and unveil. The common human condition is that we fluctuate between feeling both superior and inferior. So the medicine given through the hearts of the Pirs is to dissolve our feeling of superiority and also to heal our feeling of inferiority, shame and self-hatred. All of this can take years of work. There always seem to appear new layers.
This brings up the question about the structure of a progression of the Stations and how one leads to another until we reach a final station. Every Field, every Makam seems like a great and advanced station, not just a beginner’s station. And I think they should be contemplated that way. Each Makam reflects the greatness of the human soul in its striving and in its achievements. We should study them as teaching and guidance, not necessarily as steps on a ladder.
Hazreti Ansari,ra, works with a very neat order of triplicity and this can feel rigid after a while. However, we must bow to his mastery and learn what we are able to learn from his teachings.
So, not deterred by these small questions, let us continue onto the next Field.