Saturday, December 27, 2008

Prophet Muhammad's(PBUH) Ascension

He mounted burning like a cone of fire
To a few is given that godlike rare release
One among many thousands never touched
(Savitri Book1:The Book Of beginnings)
Then the Prophet ascended to the seventh heaven, and that is where our Messenger saw Prophet Ibrahim. Prophet Ibrahim is the best of the prophets after our prophet, Muhammad. The Prophet saw Prophet Ibrahim with his back against al-Bayt al-Ma^mur. To the inhabitants of the skies, al-Bayt al-Ma^mur is like the Ka^bah is to us, the inhabitants of the earth. Every day 70,000 angels go there; then exit from it, and never return. The next day another 70,000 angels go, come out, and never return. This will continue until the Day of Judgment. In this, there is an indication as to the greatness of the numbers of the angels--their numbers are far more than the numbers of the humans and the jinns together.

In the seventh heaven, Prophet Muhammad saw Sidrat al-Muntaha--a very big tree of sidr. Each of the fruits of this tree is as large as a big jar. The leaves of this tree are similar to the ears of the elephants. Sidrat al-Muntahais an extremely beautiful tree. It is visited by butterflies made of gold. When these butterflies gather on this tree, its beauty is beyond description.
Then the Prophet ascended to what is beyond the seven skies; he entered Paradise.

He saw examples of the inhabitants of Paradise and how their situation would be. He saw most of the inhabitants of Paradise are the poor people .
The Prophet saw other things on the night of his ascension. He saw Malik, the angel in charge of the Hellfire. Malik did not smile at the Prophet when he saw him, and the Prophet asked why. In answer to the Prophet's question, Jibril said, "Malik did not smile since the day Allah created him. Had he smiled for anyone, he would have smiled for you."

In Paradise, the Prophet saw some of the bounties Allah prepared for the inhabitants of Paradise. He saw the Hur ul-^In: females Allah created who are not humans or jinn. They are in Paradise and will be married to those men Allah willed them to marry.

The Prophet saw the wildan ul-mukhalladun: creations of Allah who are not human, jinn, or angels. They are a very beautiful creation of Allah whose appearance is like laid-out pearls.
They are servants of the inhabitants of Paradise. The least in status of the People of Paradise will have 10,000 wildan ul-mukhalladun to serve him. Each one of them would carry a tray of gold in one hand and a tray of silver in the other hand.

( "At the summit of manifestation...there are worlds of infinite existence, consciousness, force and bliss over which the Mother stands as the unveiled eternal Power. All beings there live and move in an ineffable completeness and unalterable oneness, because she carries them safe in her arms forever."
Sri Aurobindo, The Mother, p.22 Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, 1972)

The Prophet saw the Throne (^Arsh), which is the ceiling of Paradise. The Throne is the largest creation of Allah in size; Allah did not create anything bigger in size than it. The seven heavens and the earth in comparison to the Kursiyy, are like a ring thrown in a desert, and the Kursiyy in comparison to the Throne, is like a ring thrown in a desert. The seven heavens and the earth in comparison to the Throne are like a seed of mustard compared to the ocean. Allah created the Throne as a sign of His Power and He did not create the Throne to sit on it.
( The Mother is Supreme Consciousness and Power, the Divine in its Consciousness-Force. The Ishwara or Lord of the Cosmos - the Supreme Personality of God (Purushottama) behind all the Gods and Powers - comes into manifestation out of the Mother who takes her place beside him as the Cosmic Shakti. [The Mother, pp.64-5)..("At the summit of manifestation...there are worlds of infinite existence, consciousness, force and bliss over which the Mother stands as the unveiled eternal Power. All beings there live and move in an ineffable completeness and unalterable oneness, because she carries them safe in her arms forever."
[Sri Aurobindo, The Mother, p.22 (Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, 1972)

Allah created the Throne to show His Power. It is carried by four angels, and on the Day of Judgment, it will be carried by eight. The Prophet said he was permitted to speak about one of these angels who carry the Throne. In describing this angel, the Prophet told us the distance between his ear lobe and shoulder is the distance a fast-flying bird would cover in 700 years.
Then the Prophet ascended beyond Paradise. He reached a place where he heard the creaking of the pens used by the angels who are copying from the Preserved Tablet. It is at that location Prophet Muhammad heard the Kalam of Allah, which is an attribute of the Self of Allah. He heard the Kalam of Allah which does not resemble our speech--so it is not something that occurs bit after bit. It is not letter after letter or a word that comes after another word. Rather, it is an attribute of Allah which is eternal and everlasting. It does not resemble our attributes. The Kalam of Allah has neither silence nor interruptions. It is an attribute of Allah, and it does not resemble the attributes of the creation...READ MORE..READ SRI AUROBINDO'S LETTERS ON YOGA..and frm Sri Aurobindo's Synthesis of Yoga.."For on one side he is aware of this self everywhere,this everlasting Spirit-Substance-Brahman,the Eternal-the same self-existance here in time behind each appearance he sees or senses and timeless beyond the universe.He has this strong overpowering experince of a Self that is neither our limited ego,nor our mind,life or body,world wide but not outwardly phenomenal,yet to some spirit sense in him more concrete than any form or phenomenon,universal yet not dependent for its being on anything in the universe or on the whole totality of the universe:if ll this were to dissaper,it's extinction would make no difference to this Eternal of his constant intimate experince.He is sure of an INEXPRESSIBLE SELF EXISTANCE which is the essence of himself and all things..and the Kalam Of Allah is "Light, Peace, Force, Ananda constitute the spiritual consciousness; if they are not among the major experiences, what are?"-Sri Aurobindo
"My opinion is that Allah is great and great is the mystery of the universe and things are not what they seem, etc." -SRI AUROBINDO

[Yusufali 112:1] Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;

[Yusufali 112:2] Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;

[Yusufali 112:3] He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;

[Yusufali 112:4] And there is none like unto Him.

"so..where are the virgins ?now..who or what are those non humans beings that inhabit the paradise of Allah?My "guess" it's the supramental beings's very clear to me now that islam is actually an affirmative path towards the supreme/the ordinary muslim's prayers,aspirations,devotion,and rituals are towards the ONE that is eternal,deathless..and islamic laws are actully based on divine's principals of equality,harmony,charity and brotherhood..but it's through the sufi gnostic saints that we get the truest meaning of islam..the yogic methods they follow are according to the instructions in the surrender,openings of the heart centre(the seat of the soul,psychic being) etc..

Almighty Allah makes it clear in the Holy Qur'an verse (22:54),

Translated as, "And that those whom We bestowed knowledge may learn that the (Holy Qur'an) is the Truth from thy Lord, and that they may believe therein, and their hearts may be made oppened to it: for verily Allah is the guide of those who believe leads them in a staright path...and...verse (24:35): -

This can be translated as, "Allah is the light of the [skies] heavens, and earth; the likeness of His Light is as a niche wherein is a lamp [the lamp in a glass, the glass as it were a glittering star] kindled by a Blessed Tree, an olive that is neither of the East nor of the West. Whose oil will-nigh would shine, even if no fire touched it. Light upon Light, God guides to His Light whom He will."

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