Source - Centre Soufi de Montréal Naqshbandiyya Nazimiyya
The Prophet is the mirror of the Divine Presence
As we mentioned, the Prophet (s) is "the Perfect Human Being," al-Insaan al-Kaamil, as it is mentioned in the Tawraat that Allah created human beings on sooratih, His Own Image. Okay, we understand that (soorah) is more symbolic, but it means that Allah (swt) reflected and manifested the continuous spring of the Beautiful Names and Attributes that have no end.
Every moment a spring is coming; not just one spring, but springs are coming like fountains of water that are describing the reality of the Essence that cannot be understood, except through that one who is reflecting it to us, who is "al-Insaan al-Kaamil." He is the one receiving these blessings or manifestations and reflecting them to all Creation. The only one who can receive that is Prophet (s), who is the Perfect Human Being. It is said that he is the mirror on which Allah (swt) reflects Himself. He sends these images or realities, and the mirror, Insaan al-Kaamil, reflects them on anyone in the Heavens or Earth in need of these manifestations.
That is why Sayyidina Muhyideen ibn `Arabi (r) said, "The Prophet is the mirror of the Divine Presence." And he said more than that, he went so deep. "If Allah wants to look at His Creation, he looks at His mirror, the Prophet (s), who is the reflection of these appearances in this Universe." I hope we understood? That is why it is said the ghawth receives directly from the Prophet and then he sends on to those five qutbs who are waiting for these manifestations. That is why it is said that one who has qatratun, one drop, is:
عَيْنًا فِيهَا تُسَمَّى سَلْسَبِيلًا
`aynun feeha tusamma salsabeela,
A fountain there, called Salsabil, (al-Insaan 76:18).
That mirror is reflecting a spring that is mentioned in Surat al-Insaan as `aynun feeha tusamma salsabeela, "It is a spring called, 'Salsabeel." It is a knowledge that never ends, and who is able to drink even one drop from that spring will become a servant of Allah. That is why Sayyidina al-Khidr was able to drink from that maa' al-hayaat, the "Fountain of Youth," but in reality, in Heavens it is called the "Spring of Salsabeel."
Salsabeel quenches the thirst of `ibaadAllah whom Allah dressed with that. It is said they understand the reality of al-Insaan al-Kaamil through his best character as he must possess that.
ن وَالْقَلَمِ وَمَا يَسْطُرُونَ مَا أَنتَ بِنِعْمَةِ رَبِّكَ بِمَجْنُونٍ وَإِنَّ لَكَ لَأَجْرًا غَيْرَ مَمْنُونٍ وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلى خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ
Noon wa al-qalami wa maa yasturoona maa anta bini`mati rabbika bi-majnoonin wa inna laka la-ajran ghayra mamnoonin wa innaka la-`alá khuluqin `azheem.
Noon. By the Pen and what the (angels) write. You (O Muhammad) are not, by the Grace of your Lord, a madman. And verily for you will be an endless reward, and verily, you are on an exalted standard of character. (al-Qalam, 68:1-4)
Allah gives an oath by the arabic letter, Noon, and what is Noon? Allah knows best, but we will explain this once. "Noon" is the highest heavenly level by which Allah gives an oath, that, "Yaa Muhammad! You are of the best character!" From it `ibaadullah are quenching their thirst, those who want to understand and become deeply involved in these fountains, and to reach tahaqquq, Certainty. That is why it is said, man tahaqaqa takhalaqa, "Who reached (the Station of) Certainty, Allah will dress with best character."
So if you wish to reach best character, you must reach the Stations of Certainty: `Ilm al-Yaqeen, "Knowledge of Certainty", `Ayn al-Yaqeen, "Vision of Certainty", and, Haqq al-Yaqeen, "Truth of Certainty."
Muhyideen ibn `Arabi (r) continues, "Whoever inherits from that will have perfect character. Any appearance from what Allah creates can appear only through the mirror of the Prophet (s)." Wa man takhalaqa tahaqaqa, "Who inherits from the Prophet of good character will become certain of what he is hearing and seeing."
So if we want to reach the Station of Certainty, we need to reach good character. Do we have good character? (No.) Do you shout at your wife? (Sometimes.)
So the best character is to be patient. Like the ocean, that never complains. If all the sewers go into the ocean, does it complain? No. And it is still clean, you can still make wudu in it. And if you put filth in any moving river you can still make wudhu in it. So, who reaches the Station of Certainty, his character will be perfected. And whose character is perfected will be stamped, "He reached reality." man takhalaqa tamazzaq, "Who reached the best of character and these manifestations will be torn into pieces!"
The Prophet (s) is of the best character, and in dunya the Prophet said, "I am the one most abused," tamazzaqa fil-haqq, "torn apart in truth." Who wants to reach the best character has to know that in front of him are torture and obstacles, because he knows the truth is there and he is not able to reach the Divine Presence easily.
There are lot of obstacles he or she has to overcome, wa man takhalaqa tamazzaqa fil-haqq. Who has good character will be torn to pieces in the reality, the truth. And that is why awliyaullah suffered a lot to reach realities, and all their life is obstacles. al-Jilee, who is a big scholar and also a wali, said, Istadhir dhi'nuka, "Focus your mind on us; mushattat al-afkaar, don't be distracted too much by your thoughts. Open your ear and bring your mind to focus, and your heart."
Kullul-a`rifeen al-muwajiheen min al-haqq, "These gnostics crowned with crown of ma`rifah , oneness and knowledge, tasarraf, they never acted in the heavenly perfect Kingdom of Allah (swt), except through the best of their characteristics." So don't lose that.
These are the levels of aqtaab, the five qutbs.
They are in that level of perfection where they reached to inherit from the Prophet (s). That is why it is said, al-Insaan al-Kaamil is always in connection with Allah's Beautiful Names that appear to him, and awliya cannot count how many Beautiful Names and Attributes appear in every moment.
قُلِ اللّهُ ثُمَّ ذَرْهُمْ فِي خَوْضِهِمْ يَلْعَبُونَ
qul Allah wa dharhum fee khawdihim yal`aboon.
Say "Allah," then leave them to plunge in vain discourse and trifling. ( Surat al-An`am, 6:91)
Allahu Akbar! Say "Allah," and don't mind about what they are playing; leave khalq, human beings and their affairs. Don't go to their level, as you are in that high level, saying, "Allah," which is the highest Beautiful Name, that all other Names are under! Mention His Name! That is the source of all Beautiful Names and Attributes sent to Muhammad (s)!
So, inna Allah wa mala`ikatahu yusalloon, means Allah is ordering His angels to carry the manifestations of these Beautiful Names and Attributes that are appearing in every moment, and to dress them on the Prophet. And according to awliya there is no limit to the Beautiful Names and Attributes manifested on him! It is continuous khalq, Creation, manifested on Prophet (s)!
It is also said that everyone is dressed with the tajalli of one of the Beautiful Names, and Prophet sees you under that tajalli and he gives you a name according to that Name, which he knows from the light appears in the divine mirror.
As we said but didn't discuss, there is "`Abdur-Rahman, `Abdur-Raheem, `Abdul-Ghaffar." Whoever has those names are under the tajalli and servanthood of those Beautiful Names. There can be many people having the same name, but each is in a different light, because one Beautiful Name has an infinite number of tajalliyat.
That is why we appear with that tajalli, our appearance is with the blessing of that light, and when awliya look at their followers they look at them under that light. They know their rank in the Divine Presence based on the light coming on them.
And that is why Prophet is always in connection with the Beautiful Names and Attributes that can be envisioned and seen, and they are the real appearances of Allah (swt) on His Prophet (s).
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani suhba
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