Fifth Level – Station of Akhfa (Most Hidden) – Fana (Annihilation)
Station of Akhfa أخفاء (Most Hidden)
From The Teachings of Shaykh Hisham Kabbani as Taught By Shaykh Sayed Nurjan Mirahmadi
The Essence – Soul’s Origin
Black Hole – Annihilation
The Station of the Akhfa (Most Hidden) is symbolized by Black hole. Black hole is the center…..
It has a black colour which absorbs all colours and it represents Fana (annihilation).
Once you perfect the hearing, seeing, feeling, and smell, the sense of taste begins. The highest sense is the sense of taste. This is where you can taste the heavenly realities.
This is the state of Dhatiya (Essence) and the reality of going back to our origin of light.
- State: Dhatiya (Essence)
- Sense: Taste
- Symbolized by: Black Hole
- Color: Black – black absorbs all colours and represents Fana (Annihilation)
- Archangel: Malik (as)
- Prophet: Sayyidina Muhammad (ﷺ) – He was raised to the Divine Presence, in the Night of Ascension
- Pillar of Islam: Hajj (Pilgrimage to Ka’bah) in Makkah
- Salat (Prayer time): Fajr (Morning) – Dawn, before Sunrise
- Dhikr: La Hawla wa la Quwwata illa billahil ‘Ali ul ‘Azeem
(There is no Support and no Power except in Allah)
- Seek Support: Ya Allah يا الله
- 6th Sense: Spiritual Taste
Highlights of the Station of the Akhfa in the Upcoming Articles:
- Station of Akhfa is the Muhammadan Reality
- State of the Dhatiya, the Essence – Our Soul’s origin
- We are created from one soul and going back to it (Quran )
- Everything is Created from Nur Muhammad (saws)
- Reaching the Presence of Sultanan Naseera (Victorious King)(saws)
- There is no Support or Power except in Allah and His Rasul (saws)
- The Black colour represents Fana (Annihilation)
- Prophet Muhammad (saws) is the Master of Annihilation
- Be Nothing and go back to the Ocean of your Origin
- Angel Malik (as) oversees other Archangels
Archangel Malik (as)
at the Station of Akhfa (Most Hidden)
Sayyidina Muhammad (saws) is the Master of Annihilation
Prophet (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) is the master of annihilating, that anything other than what Allah (Azza wa Jal) wants, Prophet (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) will annihilate. So then the servant comes as completely nothing that, yaa Sayyidi Yaa Rasul Kareem (O’ generous Messenger), let my head just to be at your feet. Tell me what Allah (Azza wa Jal) wants for me, not to lift myself or to think anything, just to be dust under your feet. And they carry the sandal as a reminder upon yourself, upon your body, upon your head, I want to be nothing.
As Sayyidina Adam bowed down to the light of Sayyidina Muhammad (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) we take ourselves to that same understanding. Bowing is not for worshipness, that is only for Allah (Azza wa Jal). This is sajdatil ihtiraam (bowing out of respect) that you are in the presence of someone whom Allah (Azza wa Jal) has a magnificent love for, and out of respect, that I am not one to look at your divinely and blessed face. I am not one to expect anything, Yaa Sayyidi, yaa Rasul Kareem, Ya Habibul ‘Azeem, just keep me at your threshold, just have pity upon my poor being, dress me from your nazar, dress me from your blessings, lift me from my difficulties.
When You are Oppressor to Yourself, Go to Prophet (saws) (Quran 4:64)
Then the love of Prophet (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) comes and begins to enter that reality sultanan naseera. Means Allah (Azza wa Jal) wants to know who signed-off for you, because when the servant is an oppressor to themselves they have to come to you, yaa Sayyidi, yaa Rasulullah.
وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذ ظَّلَمُوا أَنفُسَهُمْ جَاءُوكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُوا اللَّـهَ وَاسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ الرَّسُولُ لَوَجَدُوا اللَّـهَ تَوَّابًا رَّحِيمًا ٦٤
4:64 – … wa law annahum idh dhalamoo anfusahum jaooka fastaghfaro Allaha wastaghfara lahumur Rasolu lawajado Allaha tawwaban raheema. ” (Surat An Nisa)
“…And if, when they had wronged [were oppressor to] themselves, they had but come to you (saws) and asked forgiveness of Allah, and asked forgiveness of the messenger, they would have found Allah Forgiving, Merciful.” (The Women 4: 64)
You see all of Qur’an is describing this. This is that ayat (verse) opening: they have to come to you and ask My forgiveness, then they have to ask your forgiveness, then Allah (Azza wa Jal) describes, then I am forgiving. Why are they coming to Me directly? Why are they asking Me when they didn’t come to you?
So means this whole reality is this understanding, that you are coming to perfect your character. Sayyidina Israfil is teaching, that you want the real repentance, the real reality of what Allah (Azza wa Jal) wants, then go into the presence of Prophet (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) as nothing and don’t claim to be anything. Ask to be dressed from his nazar (gaze), dressed and blessed from his light, so that Sayyidina Muhammad (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) signs your paper.
That sultanan naseera, somebody signed off for you, that “We know you, we authorized you, we have our nazar upon you, you are being dressed by Sayyidina Jibreel, Sayyidina Mikhail, Sayyidina Azrael, Sayyidina Israfil and Sayyidina Malik.”
5. Archangel Malik (as) at the Station of Akhfa (Most Hidden)
– Guards your Heavenly Reality
It means the point at the Station of Akhfa is the guardian of jahannum, Sayyidina Malik (`alayhi ‘s-salaam). Sayyidina Malik is the guardian of Paradise. Your Paradise has no value if Sayyidina Malik is not guarding it because then every Shaytan will enter into that Paradise and flip it upside down. They begin to teach that we are entering into the presence of Prophet (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) and they introduce to you Sayyidina Maalik and the Zabaniy’s, the guardians of jahannam.
Sayyidina Malik has to sign off for you that: this is what sultanan naseera, Prophet (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) wants for you that our nazar is on you, we are watching you, that anything coming from the Heavens coming towards you, we are responsible for guarding you. That this light of Allah (Azza wa Jal), this light of Prophet (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) this light of Awliyaullah must be protected and guarded.
So it means they introduce at that time to Sayyidina Malik and Sayyidina Malik begins to support Awliyaullah with the Zabaniya. They have the ability to make a du`a and bring the fires of jahannam onto this Earth. One Awliyaullah can flip the entire Earth upside down. There are 124,0000 of them on this Earth. It is unimaginable when Allah (Azza wa Jal) gives. Means that for any knowledge to open upon a saint, that first Allah (Azza wa Jal) must have the flags of guardianship, they must be guarded people, otherwise whatever Allah (Azza wa Jal) opens for that person will be stolen by Shaytan.
So it means first Allah (Azza wa Jal) will assign that Sayyidina Malik and whom are under the authority of Sayyidina Malik (`alayhi ‘s-salaam), to guard that one. To guard that one’s soul with all they have been dressed from Paradise and Sayyidina Muhammad (saws), your duty is to guard them. They have a flag and in old time many would draw them with a dragon. So old time drawings were dragons. So their image is like a dragon and there must be a dragon supporting that wali. As a result that fire comes from them as a support.
It means that Paradise reality is now going to walk onto this Earth, it is not going to be without Allah (Azza wa Jal)’s protection. Allah (Azza wa Jal)’s protection is Sayyidina Maalik. As you are guarding the Paradises, guard that servant. That fire and that light is guarding them, so that every reality and knowledge that is coming out is a knowledge that is protected. This is a gift from Prophet (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) to servants who are moving to open the realities.
Sayyidina Muhammad (saws)
At the Station of Akhfa أخفاء (Most Hidden)
There is a reality on all the lata’ifs and all of them taking us to the centre-most Akhfa reality which is under the authority of Sayyidina Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam comes into our life for the perfection of all the lata’ifs, for the perfection of submission and for the perfection of taking us into the Divinely Presence. That Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the Master of the oceans of annihilation, that to be nothing, to be absolutely nothing and take you back into your oceans of origin; where Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was so happy to be called ‘Abdullah. Means just to be a servant of the Divine. Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam comes and begins to teach us that: be nothing, be nothing, be nothing, and in that ocean and the reality of nothingness, you can be brought into the Divinely Presence.
From there is the ocean of binary code, that there’s always on and off, on and off. For you to reach that which is on, you must reach a state of off. If you are on, you cannot reach towards that reality. Means the ‘ana niyya’, the person who thinks themself to be something and gives themself so much importance, they cannot approach that reality of the Divinely Presence.
Sayyidina Muhammad (s) teaches Islam, Iman, and Ihsan
And Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam comes to teach us, with all the realities of Islam is submission. To open the oceans of iman (faith) and to bring the maqam al ihsaan (station of excellence), is to worship as if you see Allah ‘Azza wa Jal. Means these are all maqam al ihsaan, and the oceans of annihilation: to annihilate all the bad characteristics and to move into the oceans of submission, to become nothing and to exist in the oceans of power.
If you look as these lata’if, that everything in our life is going to be based on this hourglass. Many zikrs are based on this: Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah wa La ilaha illa-Llahu Akbar; La hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil ‘Aliyul ‘aZheem, ‘cause the hawla wa quwwa is coming from the Akhfa reality that is in the hand of Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Many of masha’ikh zikrs will be based on those lata’if and the understanding of that lata’if.
We pray that Allah ‘Azza wa Jal give more and more and that Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam give more permission, and Maulana Shaykh give more permission for its understanding and to enter the oceans of these realities.