2012/11/08

Step 4 - The state of a mind, heart and soul that is close to al-Qoddos

Step 4 - To know the One who is pure from any imperfection and clear from children and adversaries, Al-Qoddos

In our time together today, we will explore the concept of pure consciousness, and get to know al-Qoddos, Allah. Pure consciousness, i.e. a state of a mind, heart and soul that is close to Allah, is that which reappears as we release the world of the physical, the world of thoughts, perceptions, beliefs, and feelings. We reach pure consciousness through the practice of meditation, dhikr and prayer.

Once in a while, out of the fog of thoughts, a clear patch will emerge. If we are quiet, still and invocing Allah, we can get gloser to The One who is pure from any imperfection and clear from children and adversaries we encounter moments of pure silence. Through these gaps of stillness, we can glimpse the deepest level of the soul. Each glimpse increases our understanding, and eventually our consciousness becomes expanded. In this way, we transcend the three-dimensional world so to speak and slip into pure consciousness, Allah willing.

The process of the purification of the soul should start with the purification of the body: It is essential to take shower, cleaning yourself with water before you enter the state of prayer. You must clean yourself with water also after relieving yourself, trimming your hair, brushing your teeth, cleaning your clothes, washing your face, hands and feet and so on.

There are several hadiths about the purification of the body. It is essential as it is half of the religion. There is a whole book of Purification (Kitab al-Tahara) about this. The book of Tahara also tells you when and how often you should purify your body and clothes.

It is also good to use some musk after taking a shower or washing your self, as the odour is essential for the well-being.

Then we should start praying.

According to the Sunnah, one should say, Allâhu Akbar" when commencing lifting from prostration and prolongs the same words till he has sat straight. One should say what the Prophet (PBUH) was reported to have said.

Abu Hudhaifa, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that when the Prophet (PBUH) performed late-night optional prayer he recited the chapters of Al-Baqarah, al-Imran and an-Nisaa' and he would say between the two prostrations, "rabby eghfir li rabby eghfir li" (O my Lord! Forgive me, O my Lord! Forgive me.) He sat for a while that equaled the duration of his prostration.

Our centering thought for today is:

"From this moment forward, I repent and I accept and invite al-Bâsit, al-Qoddos, Allah and His unlimited abundance into my life"

Today's invocation and its English essence are:

Allaho Akbar, Allaho al-Akbar and Rabby eghfir li, Rabby eghfir li

God is Greater or God is the Greatest O my Lord! Forgive me. O my Lord! Forgive me.

I look forward to our time in the stillness.