The Gnostic, Part II

Published on June 22nd, 2009 — 12:00am

Eventually he concludes that the many systems apparent on The Manifestation constitute one Mega Divine Plan. To this end, Allah had commanded in the Quran to the effect:

Nor is hidden from the Lord (so much as) the weight of an atom on the earth or in heaven. And not the least and not the greatest of these things but are recorded in a clear Record.24

No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in a decree before We bring it into existence: that is truly easy for Allah.25

And of all things have We taken account in a clear Book.26

Nor is there aught of the Unseen, in heaven or earth, but is (recorded) in a clear record.27

It is not permitted to the Sun to catch up the Moon, nor can the Night outstrip the Day: each (just) swims along in (its own) orbit (according to law). 28

Since Allah is All-Knowing, the Gnostic accepts that there is nothing amiss in His Divine Plan nor will there be any amendment to It as this will compromise the All-Knowingness of Allah. Allah had commanded in the Quran to the effect:

Nothing have We omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end.29

No change wilt thou find in the practice (approved) of Allah30

And the command of Allah is a decree determined31

Accepting that there is nothing amiss in The Divine Plan also means that he has no role to play in the daily management of the creations including his own too. Allah had commanded in the Quran to the effect:

They said: “What affair is this of ours?” Say thou: “Indeed, this affair is wholly Allah’s.”32

Say: “All things are from Allah.” But what hath come to these people that they fail to understand a single fact?33

Say: “Who is it in whose hands is the governance of all things, which protects (all), but is not protected (of any)? (Say) if ye know.”

They will say, “(It belongs) to Allah,” say: “Then how are ye deluded?”34

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had narrated to his companions that Prophet Moses had mocked Prophet Adam that because of him, all his descendants were drove out of Paradise. Prophet Adam retorted that before he ate the forbidden fruit, this was already written 40 years ago before he was created in The Divine Plan. Such being the case, he had to follow it.35

Since all creations are but The Manifestation of The Little Essence and The Little Essence is also The Hidden of all creations, the Gnostic accepts that there can never be any injustice to all creations because all creations are in reality The Little Essence. Allah had commanded in the Quran to the effect:

For Allah is never unjust to His servants36

Allah is never unjust in the least degree.37

Never will ye be dealt with unjustly in the very least38

There is no injustice to all creations not only because the creations are, in reality, The Little Essence but also because all creations including our self belong to Allah absolutely. In this respect Allah had commanded to the effect:

To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth39

Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?40

Then which of the gifts of thy Lord, (O man,) wilt thou dispute about?41

In the light of the above, the Gnostic accepts that Allah can never be unjust in whatsoever situation. Allah had commanded to the effect:

Ah! Woe be to you for the (false) things ye ascribe (to Us).42

Glory to Allah (He is free) from the things they ascribe (To Him)!43

No just estimate have they made of Allah, such as is due to Him.44

Henceforth, the Gnostic will be steadfast in his resolution that Allah is Just in whatsoever circumstances. Allah had commanded to the effect:

For Allah is never unjust to His servants45

Never will ye be dealt with unjustly in the very least!46

Allah is never unjust in the least degree47

B) Increase in his acts of worship.

Imam Ghazali had said that once the Gnostic had attained the Gnostic Knowledge, he will learn to better his worship of Allah.48

However before he can better his acts of worship, he must, as stressed by Imam Ghazali know who he worships. 49

He must know who he worships because Allah forgives all sins but not the sin which ascribes partner to him. Allah had commanded in the Quran to the effect:

Allah forgives not (the sin of) joining other gods with Him; but He forgives whom He pleases other sins than this: one who joins other gods with Allah, hath strayed far, far away (from the Right). 50

Whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner. 51

The concept of “Ascribing partner(s) to Allah” is extended by Imam Ghazali and Syeikh Abdul Qadir Al Jilani to include ascribing Him with partner(s) in our mind or mentally. This they referred to as “Ascribing Subtly”. 52

The Gnostic must also remember that Allah is hidden (from His creations) as such no form or shape must be ascribed to Him. He has commanded in the Quran to the effect:

As for those who fear their Lord unseen, for them is Forgiveness and a great Reward53

No vision can grasp Him. But His grasp is over all vision: He is above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things54

There is nothing whatever like unto Him.55

And there is none like unto Him.56

The Bibliography

24 Yunus (10):61; Al Qamar (54):52-53.
25 Al Hadid (57):22.
26 Yasin (36):12.
27 An Naml (27):75.
28 Yasin(36):40.
29 Al Anaam (6):38.
30 Al Ahzab (33):62.
31 Al Ahzab (33):38; Al Israa (17):77; Al Fat-h (48):23; Yunos (10):64; Al Mukmin (40):6; An Nisa(4):47; Al Ahzab (33):37.
32 Ali Imran (3):154
33 An Nisa (4): 78
34 Al Mukminun (23):88-89
35 Terjemahan Sunam Ibnu Majah Buku 1, 68 (1992).
36 Al Anfaal (8):51; Fushshilat (41):46; Al Hajj (22):10.
37 An Nisa (4):40.
38 An Nisa (4):77.
39 Ali Imran (3):109, 129; Al Baqarah (2):255; 284.
40 Ar Rahman(55):13;16;18;21;23;25;28;30;32;34;36;38;40;42;45;47;49;51;53;55;57;59;61;63;65;67;69;71;73;75;77
41 An Najm (53):55.
42 Al Anbiyaa (21):18.
43 Ash Shaaffaat (37):159; An Nahl (16):60.
44 Az Zumar (39):67.
45 Al Anfaal (8):51
46 An Nisa (4):77
47 An Nisa (4):40
48 Imam Ghazali, Munhajul Abidin, 10 (1997).
49 Imam Ghazali, Minhajul Abidin, 24 (1997)
50 An Nisa (4):116.
51 Al Kahfi (18)110.
52 Syeikh Abdul Qadir Al Jilani,Pembukaan Pada Yang Ghaib, 27; Imam Ghazali, Rahsia Hakikat Sembahyang Menurut Tauhid, Fekah & Tasauwwuf, 130 (1994).
53 Al Mulk (67):12
54 Al An’aam (6):103
55 Asy Syura (42):11
56 Al Ikhlas (112):4

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