Posts tagged contemplation
Posts tagged contemplation
Love, now an universal birth,
From heart to heart is stealing,
From earth to man, from man to earth,
- It is the hour of feeling.
One moment now may give us more
Than fifty years of reason;
Our minds shall drink at every pore
The spirit of the season.
One time, I remember seeing her in the Contemplation Room (that’s what the prayer space is called in our library) and she was sitting with her head in her hands, eyes closed. Just still. I thought she might be upset at first and was about to ask if she was okay but she looked like she didn’t want to be disturbed so I left it. Then later when I asked her about it, she told me that the time after salat is the one time she feels she can really reflect on herself and God.
“But everything that you and I know, everything in this domain, everything that you and I participate in, everything that you and I know and talk about and live and eat and breathe and all of our life – it’s creation through and through, top to bottom, left and right.
And every single one of those things, every one of them, even [down] to the atom, even down to the quark inside of the atom, Allah said that ‘There’s nothing that We haven’t created but we created it in pairs.’
You don’t know black unless you’ve seen white; you don’t right unless you’ve seen wrong; you don’t know up until you’ve been down. You don’t happiness until you’ve had a little bit of grief; you don’t know grief until you’ve tasted happiness.
Allah creates everything in pairs – ‘la3lakom tadhakkaroon’ – so that you might be a people of remembrance, that you might be a people who contemplate, that you be a people that reflect, that you be a people who mention – that you reflect, that you mention, that you contemplate, that you remember the blessings of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala upon you.
Because if you do not have the opposite of something, you do not know what it is that you have.”
- Imam Abdul Latif Finch, on the wisdom of contemplating on the complementary, remembering and thus turning from the creation to the Creator.
The above is a small excerpt of a Friday sermon delivered by Imam Abdul Latif Finch. Now, I ain’t American but give love where love is due. A review? It’s positive, ya Sidi - 110%.
Here is wisdom crystallised - relevant to our times (masha’Allah, I loved how the examples of the Prophet were linked to our own situations). And a joke here and there always sweetens the message. :)
It was great so no need for nerves (‘chill out’) - may Allah protect and preserve him and all of our teachers - ameen!
Allahumma salli ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammad, al fatihi lima ughliqa, wal khatimi lima sabaq, nasiril haqqi bil Haqq, wal hadi ila siratik al mustaqeem, wa ‘ala aalihi, haqqa qadrihi wa miqdarihil adheem.
NB: This talk is available to download here.