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Shamsul 'Arifeen
شمس العارفين

The Sun of Knowers
In The Science of the Self

Imam Ali says, “The Prophet was once asked about the Imams while I was in his presence. He answered: I swear by the sky, [displaying] the Zodiacal signs (a reference to 85:1). Their number is the same number of the signs of the Zodiac. I swear by the Lord of the nights, days, and months their number is the same as the number of the months. The companion said: Who are they O messenger of Allah? So the Prophet (pbuh) placed his hand on my head and said: The first of them is this (Imam Ali) and the last of them is Al-Mahdi. Whoever supports them has supported me, who ever opposes them opposes me, whoever loves them loves me, whoever disdains them has disdained me, whoever rejects them has rejected me, and whoever acknowledges them has acknowledged me. Through them Allah protects His religion, expands His lands, sustains His people, brings down the drops of the sky, and the blessings of the earth emerge. They are my trustees and successors and the leaders and masters of the believers.


Secrets of the Power of 9

The Sultan “The King”

12 Monthly Veils

9 -Circle of multiplication-table-of-nine

12 Constellations, 12 tribes, 12 veils,
Represents completion of messengers; Khatimin Nabieen خَاتَمَ النَّبِيِّينَ (Seal of Messengers) and Completion of the Kingdom.

12 Veils of Light in 12 months of Islamic Hijri Calendar

إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ‌ عِندَ اللَّـهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ‌ شَهْرً‌ا فِي كِتَابِ اللَّـهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْ‌ضَ مِنْهَا أَرْ‌بَعَةٌ حُرُ‌مٌ ۚ …٣٦

Inna ‘iddatash shuhoori ‘indal laahis naa ‘ashara shahran fee Kitaabil laahi yawma khalaqas samaawaati wal arda minhaaa arba’atun hurum…” (Surat Tawbah)

The number of months in the sight of Allah is twelve (in a year)― so ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are sacred…(The Repentance 9:36)

Entry way to the Divine before the Bismillah

وَإِذْ قَالَ مُوسَىٰ لِفَتَاهُ لَا أَبْرَ‌حُ حَتَّىٰ أَبْلُغَ مَجْمَعَ الْبَحْرَ‌يْنِ أَوْ أَمْضِيَ حُقُبًا ٦٠
And [mention] when Moses said to his servant, “I will not give up [traveling] until I reach the junction of the two seashore (until) I spend years and years in travel.” (Holy Quran, The Cave 18:60)

The ninth stage is to return to your Cave, as Allah mentioned in Surat al-Kahf (The Cave),

وَإِذِ اعْتَزَلْتُمُوهُمْ وَمَا يَعْبُدُونَ إِلَّا اللَّـهَ فَأْوُوا إِلَى الْكَهْفِ يَنشُرْ‌ لَكُمْ رَ‌بُّكُم مِّن رَّ‌حْمَتِهِ وَيُهَيِّئْ لَكُم مِّنْ أَمْرِ‌كُم مِّرْ‌فَقًا ١٦
When ye turn away from them and the things they worship other than Allah, betake yourself to the Cave: your Lord will shower His mercies on you…” [The Cave 18:16]

“The Cave is the Divine Presence. Here one utters the cherished prayer of the Prophet Muhammad (saw): اِلَهِيْ اَنْتَ مَقْصُودِيْ وَ رِضَاكَ مَطْلُوْبِيْ Ilahi anta maqsudi wa ridhaka matlubi (‘O God, You are my destination and Your Pleasure is what I seek.’ The heart, as it cycles between the cessation and restoration of its pumping, exists at the level of the Essence of the Divine Presence. Because that Divine Essence is the source of all created beings, that heart will be at one with every minutest creation in this universe. The heart which has reached the secrets of the nine points will be able to see everything, hear everything, know everything, taste everything, sense everything, ‘Until He will be the ears with which he hears, the eyes with which he sees, the tongue with which he speaks, the hand with which he grasps, and the feet with which he walks. He will be رَبَانِيْ Rabbani (Lordly), he only needs to say to a thing كُنِ فَيَكُونْ kun Fayakun (Be! and it will be).”

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Created Through the Light of Muhammad ﷺ

Praise be to Allah, the Exalted, the Wise; He who created man for Himself, possesses the entire universe.

Oh ye wishing to apprehend the divine secrets! Know then that Allah Almighty laid in the Prophet Muhammad {s} the base for the edifice of the prophets (on all of whom be peace), and that in him He would complete it; and to him He revealed the Glorious Book of the Quran. In it He has made plain his authority, and He has described him in all the holy books, the Torah (Old Testament), the Zabur (Psalms), the Injil (New Testament)and the Furqan (the Quran).

He has made him perfect by giving him the Liwa al Hamd, the Banner of Praise, and the Maqam al Mahmud, the Station of the Praiseworthy, thereby making him the light of both worlds, messenger to both Jinn and men, and enabling him to attain the secrets of proximity to the divine station by two bows’ lengths, and becoming the king of the world. Peace and blessings be upon his pure and meritorious family and his worthy companions who are pursuing the way of greatest righteousness.

Then Allah Almighty spoke thus:

Alif. Lam. Meem. Allah, there is no god but He, the Living, the Everlasting. He has sent down upon thee the Book with the truth, confirming what was before it, and He sent down the Torah and the Gospel aforetime, as guidance to the people and He sent down Salvation. As for those who disbelieve in God’s Signs, for them awaits a terrible chastisement; God is Almighty, Vengeful. (The House of Imran, 1-4)

  • In a Hadith al Qudsi He has said: “Were it not for you, I would not have created the universe.”
  • It is related by Abdullah bin Abbas that the Holy Prophet (saws) said:
    “The very first thing that Allah Almighty ever created was my soul.
  • In another place he is reported to have said: “First of all things, the Lord created my mind.”{ AQL عقل}
  • In yet another place he is to have said: “I am from Allah, and the believers are from me.”

How many proofs has He not brought to bear that all existent things are from Him, and that he r, is more excellent than all of creation!

  1. The Qutb al-Muhaqqiqin, the most eminent of those who verify, Sayyidina ‘Ali, has said:
  • Before the Lord Almighty created the divine throne and the divine court, Heaven and Hell, the worlds and the skies,
  • He created the light of our Prophet Muhammad {s}.
  • He created his soul three hundred twenty-four years before He created the soul of Adam u.

Thereafter Allah Almighty created twelve veils, namely:

  1. The Veil of Power,
  2. The Veil of Grandeur,
  3. The Veil of Kindness,
  4. The Veil of Mercy,
  5. The Veil of Bliss,
  6. The Veil of Munificence,
  7. The Veil of High station/Rank,
  8. The Veil of Guidance,
  9. The Veil of Prophecy,
  10. The Veil of Eminence,
  11. The Veil of Awe/Light, and
  12. The Veil of Intercession.

Thereafter the Prophet’s soul remained wrapped in the veil of power for twelve thousand years; and for eleven thousand years it remained within the veil of grandeur. For ten thousand years it remained in the veil of kindness; for nine thousand years in the veil of mercy; for eight thousand years in the veil of bliss; for seven thousand years in the veil of munificence; for six thousand years in the veil of high station; for five thousand years in the veil of guidance; for four thousand years in the veil of prophethood; for three thousand years in the veil of eminence; for two thousand years in the veil of awe; and for one thousand years his soul remained in the veil of intercession.

  • After this it stayed on the divine throne for six thousand years.
  • Thereafter the Lord Almighty took it and brought it to the offspring of Adam’s u loins.
  • From Adam’s u loins it passed to Seth (as), from Seth (as) to Idris (as) and from Idris (as) to Nuh (as).
  • Thus it was transferred all the way down to Abdullah bin Abdul-Muttalib. Finally it came to this world in the city of Mecca.

It is reported that the Lord Almighty created a tree from the light of him who is the pride of the world. This tree had four branches, and it was called the tree of certainty.

  • The light of Muhammad {s} was manifested as a veil made of white pearls.
  • It was placed upon this tree shaped as a peacock, and there it remained for one thousand years,
  • steeped in the remembrance of Allah Almighty.
  • Then the Lord created the mirror of modesty and placed it opposite the peacock.
  • When the peacock looked into the mirror, he beheld a most beautiful face and form in it, and it became shamed before its glorious aspect, and prostrated itself five times.
  • Therefore, five daily prayers became incumbent upon us, from that prostration.
  • The Lord Almighty trained His gaze upon that light once more.
  • From shame, that light began to perspire under the gaze of the Almighty.
  • From the sweat upon his brow, the Almighty then created the angels.
  • From the sweat upon his face, He created the throne, the divine court, the tablets and the pen, the sun, the moon and the stars.
  • From the sweat upon his breast, He created the prophets and the messengers, the holy martyrs and the men of knowledge, and those of righteousness.
  • From the sweat on his feet He then created the worlds and what is contained within them, up to the lowest of all stations of Hell and what is in it.

Then the Lord Almighty spoke: “Oh Muhammad, look before you!” Muhammad (saws) did so and he saw that all was replete with light.

  • The light before him was the light of Abu Bakr (as).
  • The light behind him was the light of ‘Umar (as).
  • The light to his right was the light of ‘Uthman (as),
  • the light to his left was the light of ‘Ali (as), may Allah be well pleased with them all.
  • Then the light of Muhammad (saws) began to praise the Lord for seventy thousand years.
  • After this, the souls of the prophets were created.

When Allah had created the souls of the prophets, they all spoke
La ilaha illAllah, Muhammad-ur-Rasulullah.

Then Allah created a lamp.

  • He placed the soul of Muhammad {s} upon this lamp in the very same shape he was to appear in this world, and he was as if in prayer.
  • The souls of all the prophets performed tawaf (circumambulation) around the soul of Muhammad {s} for two hundred thousand years.
  • Then the Lord ordered them to look at Muhammad {s}.
  • The souls then gazed upon him.
  • Whoever gazed upon his head became a king in this world.
  • He whose gaze fell upon his forehead became one of the just. He who espied his chest became a man of learning.
  • In brief, whichever part of his blessed body the soul cast its gaze upon, it was endowed with just such an art or craft as corresponded to that member.

Thereafter Allah Almighty commanded the people to perform their ritual prayer in the shape of the name “Ahmed”.

  • That is to say: the prayer position of qiyam (standing upright) resembles the Salat AhmadArabic letter ‘alif’.
  • The ruk’u (bending from the waist) resembles the letter ‘ha’,
  • The sajda (prostration) resembles the letter ‘meem’, and
  • The final position of jalsa (kneeling) resembles the letter ‘dal’.
  • (In Arabic the name Ahmad contains these consonants: alif, ha, meem, dal).

Then the Lord Almighty created the Prophet’s {s} resembling in their forms the shape of the name “Muhammad”.

  • The head is round, like the letter ‘meem’.
  • The two hands resemble the letter ‘ha’,
  • the belly again resembles a ‘meem’, and
  • the feet resemble a ‘dal’.

And now, oh ye desirous of learning divine secrets! I will now put forth to you the circumstances of the birth of the Holy Prophet , his mission and the revelation of the Quran and its holy words, by the leave of the Almighty Lord, Allah.