Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The evolution of faith in a human being

The faith of an individual human being is not constant. It is very much an intermittent aspect of the individual.

If viewed in a tangible way, it can be equated to nature (its forces) and the universe (our surroundings).

The nature component of the faith of the person could the emotional psyche and the universe component can be equated to the spiritual psyche.

If there forces of nature reach extremes, the universe is adversely affected

Therefore we can deduce that when nature is out of balance, the universe is out of balance and when nature is in harmony, the universe is at peace.

Allah mentions in the Holy Quran in Sura Yaseen (36):

38 The sun runs to its fixed resting-place; that is the decree of the Almighty, the Knower.

39 And the moon, We have determined it in phases till it returns like an old palm-branch.

40 The sun shall not outstrip the moon, nor shall the night outstrip the day. Each is floating in an orbit

In these verses Allah mentions the cyclical nature of the universe.

If we look closer this is also related to opposite entities.

Generally an orbit would be an object that revolves around another object. It can also mean a path of a body in a field of force surrounding another body.

Therefore scientifically an orbit would be caused by opposite forces repelling each other.

In these 3 verses Allah mentions the sun and the moon as well as the night and the day.

Rationally we know the sun is hot and the moon is cold also the day is bright and the night is dark.

If we look further and compare these we can see that style in which the verses 38 - 40 is relayed, is miraculous in itself.

In this verse the sun is mentioned first then the moon, next the night is mentioned and then the day. Therefore the sun repels night and moon repels the day.

Therefore even the verse itself is displaying the cyclical nature of the universe, which is confirmed at the end (Each is floating in an orbit).

Well these verses are an illustration by Allah the Most High of the cyclical and changing nature of things. We can use this as proof that the Imaan of a person is not constant. So how do we equate this to the evolution of faith in a human being?

Do us as humans truly have control over our Imaan and nafs, or does Allah hu subahanah hu ta aalah change our condition of Imaan to examine how much we really want it?

Can there be a rational explanation for this? Or is this one of the secrets of Allah and his angels and his ambiyaa (prophets) and his awliyaa (saints).

We are guided by our teachers about aqueedah (foundation beliefs).

We are guided by our scholars about the shariah (legal principles of islam) and legal ways to maintain and strenthen our Imaan.

We are guided by the paths of tasawwuf (islamic spiruality) of ways to enhance our practices of sharia with a tariqah (a way) of various tried and tested exercises from our past spiritual masters. The main question is can we truly say that we can maintain our Imaan even though we are practicing islam in a recommended way?

How should we approach short bursts of change in our Imaan?

Should we put ourselves down or frown upon others that we think has weak Imaan. Or should we thank Allah most High for the condition that we are in and sincerely look to change.

Sincere dua towards has a positive effect on the body, soul, people, and even Allah’s creation to a certain extent.

We witness many miracles such as the salaah and dua for rain taking place if everyone says ameen.

The minds of the congregation combine into one object all appealing towards Allah the same supplication. The psychic forces combine to strengthen the niyyah.

Mentioning of Allah's 99 names and attributes in conjunction with the dua is also beneficial.

In a dua for patience, Allah should sincerely be mentioned as Ya Lateef.

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