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Attention to God

Book :Muraqaba (The art and science of Sufi meditation)

Author :Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi

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On one occasion when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) finished his Muraqaba at the cave of Hira, he was given a commandment:

“O’ who covers with clothes! Spend thy night in vigil but a small portion, meaning the half night or even smaller portion. Or increased slightly from half and recite the Qur’an (Koran) very clearly. We are going to descend a heavy order on thee.”

[Sura Muzammil]

 

During the hours of night when the outward senses get groggy and the inner senses are activated, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to keep night vigil. Because of long hours of standing, his feet would get swollen.

With increased mental concentration and physical awakening, this vigil made the strong link even greater, which he had with the unseen world and God. The higher his concentration went, the more he received the observation of the unseen realm and his spiritual growth.

He received another commandment:

“Sever from the rest and focus on Ilim, the Lord of the East and of the West.”

In Sufism, this attempt in which all mental aptitudes are turned toward God is known as Muraqaba of the Divine Essence (al-dhat). In the Qur’an (Koran) it is stated on several occasions that to create a connection with the Divine, is the sole objective behind all the prayers and exercises, whether it is salat, fasting, zakat (charity) or hajj (pilgrimage), dhikr (remembrance of God) or any other form of prayer.

 

Imam Ali ibn abi Talib has said:

“The foremost in religion is the Gnosis (maโ€™arifa) of Him, the perfection of Gnosis is to testify (shahada) of Him, the perfection of testifying of Him is to believe in His Unity (tawheed), the perfection of believing in His Unity is to regard Him pure. He is a Being but not through the phenomenon of coming into being. He exists but not from non-existence. He is with everything but not in physical nearness. He is away from everything but not in physical separation. He acts but without connotation of movements and instruments. He sees even when there is none to be looked at from among His creation. He is Single, such that there is none with whom He may keep company or whom He may miss in their absence.”

[Nahjul Balagha: Sermon 1]

 

“These are the people whom the trade and business of worldly life could not distract them in their remembrance (dhikr) of God.”

[Sura Nur]

 

Religion has established the structure of prayers by keeping in mind the physical and spiritual needs of humans. Connection with the Divine, dhikr, imagining His omnipresence, establishing salat, imagining God as the sole existence through self-negation, fasting, detachment (istaghna), these are all the media through which the mental focus is established on one point and that point is the Essence (dhat) of God, who is the Ultimate Reality (haqiqat kubra) of this Universe.

In order to have this focus on God and to purify the heart, religion has established the obligatory system of prayers. In addition to that a person may add more non-obligatory (nafil) prayers depending on conditions and ability. The night vigils, dhikr, recitation of the Qur’an (Koran), non-obligatory fasting are used for this purpose. The cognition (fikr) is evident in all the prayers and activities. When attempts to achieve cognition are activated, and strengthened then the evil thoughts weaken, and the focus on God deepens. When someone achieves this ecstasy during prayers, the real benefits of prayers are gained.

 

See this article in printed book on the pages (or page): 51 to 52

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Muraqaba (The art and science of Sufi meditation) chapters :

ู Introduction to Muraqaba  ู About The Author  ู From the Translator’s Desk (Book Muraqaba)  ู 1 - Self and the Cosmos  ู 2 - Mental Concentration  ู 3 - Spiritual Brain  ู 4 - Waves of Thoughts  ู 5 - Third Eye  ู 6 - Film and Screen  ู 7 - Motions of Spirit  ู 8 - Electrical System  ู 8.2 - 3 Currents  ู 9 - Three Layers  ู 9.2 - Laws of vision  ู 10 - Heart of Cosmos  ู 11 - Concept of Unity (Tawheed)  ู 12 - Muraqaba and Religion  ู 12.2 - Contemplation  ู 12.3 - Abraham  ู 12.4 - Moses  ู 12.5 - Mary (The Mother of Jesus)  ู 12.6 - Jesus  ู 12.7 - Cave of Hira  ู 12.10 - Dhikar and Contemplation  ู 12.8 - Attention to God  ู 12.11 - World Religions  ู 13 - Benefits of Muraqaba  ู 12.9 - Prayer and Muraqaba  ู 13.2 - Schizophrenia  ู 13.3 - Mania  ู 14 - Levels  ู 14.2 - Drowsiness (Ghanood)  ู 14.3 - Colorful Dreams  ู 14.4 - Dreams related to ailments (sickness)  ู 14.5 - Suggestions (for dreams)  ู 14.6 - Identifications (In dreams )  ู 14.7 - Dreams about the future  ู 15 - Subtle Sensations  ู 15.2 - Idraak (awareness)  ู 15.3 - Varood (esoteric vision)  ู 15.4 - Ilhaam (revelation)  ู 15.5 - Proof of Vahii  ู 15.6 - Kashf (reveal)  ู 16 - Spiritual Journey  ู 17 - Fatah (Exploration)  ู 18 - Classification of Muraqaba  ู 18.2 - Explanation about Muraqaba program  ู 18.3 - Practical Program of Muraqaba  ู 18.4 - Style of Posture for Muraqaba  ู 18.5 - Timing and Place for practicing Muraqaba  ู 18.6 - Materials that can be helpful for Muraqaba  ู 18.7 - Imagination (Tasawur) during Muraqaba  ู 18.8 - Avoidance – (Don’ts) during Muraqaba Practice  ู 18.9 - Muraqaba and Sleep  ู 18.10 - Storage of Energy (through Muraqaba)  ู 19.1 - Helpful Exercises for Muraqaba  ู 19.2 - Breathing for Muraqaba  ู 19.3 - Is’taghraaq ( immersion)  ู 20 - 16-Week Program for Muraqaba (Sufi Meditation)  ู 20.2 - Immunity  ู 20.3 - Mental Weakness  ู 21 - Spiritual Concept of Healing  ู 22 - Muraqaba of Colored Lights  ู 22.2 - Blue Light Muraqaba (Blue Light Meditation)  ู 22.3 - Yellow Light Muraqaba (Yellow Light Meditation)  ู 22.4 - Orange Light Muraqaba (Orange Light Meditation)  ู 22.5 - Green Light Muraqaba (Green Light Meditation)  ู 22.6 - Red Light Muraqaba (Red Light Meditation)  ู 22.7 - Violet Light Muraqaba (Violet Light Meditation)  ู 22.8 - Pink Light Muraqaba (Pink Light Meditation)  ู 23 - Station of Ihsaan (murtaba-e-ihsaan)  ู 24 - The Hidden World (ghayb)  ู 25 - Muraqaba of Life after Death  ู 25.2 - Aeraaf (Astral Plane)  ู 25.3 - Magnificent City (in Aeraaf)  ู 25.4 - Business (And its reward in hereafter)  ู 25.5 - Evil Religious Leaders (And their reward)  ู 25.6 - Gossip (and hereafter)  ู 25.7 - Backbiting (backbiter in hereafter)  ู 25.8 - Tall Buildings  ู 25.9 - Angle of Death (and beloved worshipers of Allah)  ู 25.10 - Muraqaba Nur (Muraqaba of Divine Energy)  ู 26 - Kashf ul Qaboor (Muraqaba)  ู 26.2 - Shah Abdul Aziz Dehialvi  ู 27 - Dress of Soul  ู 28.1 - Haatif Ghaybi  ู 28.2 - Tafheem (Wisdom)  ู 28.3 - Spiritual Journey  ู 28.4 - Muraqaba of Heart (qalb)  ู 28.5 - Muraqaba of Unity (Tawheed, Oneness)  ู 28.6 - Muraqaba of Negation (Muraqaba la)  ู 28.7 - Muraqaba of Void  ู 28.8 - Muraqaba of ‘fana (annihilation)  ู 28.9 - Muraqaba, Divine Names  ู 28.10 - Name of Divine Essence (Zaat)  ู 29 - Tassawar Shaykh (Muraqaba)  ู 30 - Tasawwar Rasul (Muraqaba of Rasul SAW)  ู 31 - Divine Essence (Zaat-e-Ilahi)  ู 32 - Glossary
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