A Reply to some mystical quotes taken from the Koran sent by a like minded reader.
On 16th January 2008, A.X. from Manchester UK wrote:
This is Ahsan from Manchester. I am Muslim. I read your articles and views. It is surprising that I had the similar mystical experiences and I also somehow publish my thoughts in the local newspapers and on the website at www.SubspaceResearch.co.uk which circles around the same idea 'Either everything is God or nothing exists but God'. I would like you to quote some references or chapters from the Koran (Last Testament from the same source of Old Testament and a New Testament) which I believe would support in your mission:
1) Say: He, Allah, is the One.
Allah, the independently absolute, the eternal.
He begets not, nor was He begotten.
And, there is none like Him (Surah 112)
2) To Allah belongs the East and the West; wherever you turn, this is Allah's face. Allah is All-Encompassing (Omnipresent) and All-Knowing. (Surah 2: 115)
3) Allâh is Subtle. (31:16)
4) How! Are they still in doubt about the meeting with their Lord? Lo! Is not He surrounding all things? (41:54)
5) Unto Allah belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Allah ever surroundeth all things. (4:126)
6) He is with you where you are. (Surah 57: 4)
7) "Whosoever knows himself, knows His Lord"
8) "Heavens and the Earth are enveloped around His arm"
9) "We are more closer to you than your spine"
10) "He is inside you, why don't you see Him"
11) We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Qur'ân) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things? (41:53)
12) It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that know Allâh. Verily, Allâh is All¬Mighty, Oft¬Forgiving. (35:28)
13) He is the First and the Last, and the Outward and the Inward; and He is Knower of all things. (57:3)
14) There is nothing like Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer. (42:11)
15) And when he (Moses) reached it, he was called from the right side of the valley in the blessed field, from the tree: O Moses! Lo! I, even I, am Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; (28:30) -( This verse indicates that sometimes God shows His presence from spacetime-bound things.)
16) "My servant serves me until I start loving him, Then I become an eye from which he sees, an ear from which he hears, and a hand from which he holds".
There are many other references too, but hopefully these references also point to the same mission which Allah's Messengers were sent with. Later on people deliberately or unconsciously misinterpreted the Truth. Knowledge categorizes and Wisdom unites.
Well done bro. You won my heart, in the end, me and you are the same.
Thanks for your email, the positive feedback and of course for the quotes. All these great quotes from the Koran you have kindly sent point towards the hidden and esoteric truth behind the Koran, Muhammad's teachings, Islam and indeed all true religion, namely the idea that everyone and everything is God. This truth was and is maintained by the Sufi orders within Sunni Islam and by certain more mystically oriented Shiite sects. These hidden teachings are called the 'batin' and those who place an emphasis on them are known as 'batin-ya' or esotericists.
I totally agree, knowledge categorizes and wisdom unites. In the process of categorizing knowledge can also be divisive and create artificial barriers and un-natural demarcations. One example being the separation between science, religion and philosophy. Another example would be the inter-faith and inter-sectarian divisions within World Religion. At the same time it is the transcendent knowledge of the divine gained through direct experience, i.e. the secret behind the 'batin' the truth that everyone and everything is God; that is the key to the inevitable unifying of all Religion and the unifying of Religion with Science and Philosophy. The means by which all human understanding will be made a coherent and cohesive oneness.
My favourite Muhammad quote comes from the Hadith Qudsi. It goes, "Man is my mystery and I am his mystery, for I am he himself and he is I myself."