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For Those Seeking Truth...

Reza

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We all seek truth. But what is truth? Truth is what is real. So in other words, we are seeking what is real. As the verse below from Surah al-Isra states:

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وَقُلْ جَاءَ الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا

And say: The truth has come and the falsehood has vanished; surely falsehood is a vanishing (thing). (17:81)

This makes a prolific point. Only truth is real and will remain standing. Falsehood, illusion, and delusion are not real, and are destined to vanish. This is the opposite of truth. It's in our intrinsic nature to seek the everlasting, because the very soul of humankind is eternal. Therefore, the human being desires truth over untruth. To recognize the truth, to know the truth, to live the truth, to feel the truth. So the next logical question is, what is real, and therefore what is the truth?

Truth is both here and there, close and far, seen and unseen. Truth is an abundant resource, ready to be filled by the containers of our souls anytime. Many people in despair, plagued by the grip of falsehoods, illusions, and anxieties, feel the truth is unreachable and inaccessible. This itself is an untruth. And untruths are bound to vanish!

The truth is like a pure bright light, its origin from a single source. When this light strikes the prism of this worldly life, it refracts and reflects into a range of wavelengths and colors. This explains the diversity of interpretations we see. Yes, these crazy color beams will bounce and bend all over in this big blue ball, but ultimately, they will all return to the original bright essence, provided that purity has stayed and no contaminates of falsehood or diversion have temporarily halted the trajectory. Only temporary!

Sorry if this too dense. All I'm saying is, the truth is real. What's real is all around you. Therefore the truth is within your grasp. In the room you're in. In that nice beautiful book in your room. In the fields, mountains, skies, and seas outside. In the beating of your heart and the impulses of neurons. It's all there. Put everything together like a jigsaw puzzle. Build! No matter what flavor or color you are, as long as one aims for purification, one will be acquainted better with reality and truth, in its raw essence. You'll get there, don't worry!

 



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Over all good post but just one point...

Are you sure "we all seek" the truth or self truth ?

The Quran disagrees with this statement you made:

"Therefore, the human being desires truth over untruth."

The verse you quoted says, Allah says truth has come and falsehood vanishing but actually states in another verse that humans don't really desire the truth.

According to the Quran most of us hate the truth:

Or do they say that there is a madness in him No, he has come to them with the truth, but *most of them* are *hateful of the truth* (23:70)
 
And says in another verse each group are happy with their self truths:
 
The people divided themselves into many sects, each with their own book and each happy with whatever they had. (23:53)
 
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All humans desire the eternal element the truth provides. Unfortunately, they may despise the actual truth because they believe the falsehoods are true and the truth is a falsehood. They think what is false is what is real and will be sustaining for them. This is upside down thinking, but the principle stands.

Nobody deliberately seeks, claims or desires falsehood, its inaccurately called "truth" by a perverted, fragile definition. 

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Hmmm I agree with over all what you said in your blog but I am not quite sure about the last statement , a lot of people "deliberately" cover/ change the truth also, although they very well know it is the truth.

Like for example what the Quran says about Jews changing the scripture with their own hands...

Quran:

And do not mix the truth with falsehood or "conceal the truth while you know [it]" (2:42)

 

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Those who deliberately cover the truth do so because they are serving their nafs, which has become their sustainer, hence their reality, hence their "truth". Also, it can be from those with insufficient knowledge, as they haven't pieced together enough of the puzzle pieces yet. They need to keep filling in more pieces. 

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True they are serving their nafs. If we all truly seeked the truth, there would be only one religion of truth we would arrive at.

Having said that according to history and Hadiths it is known that the Jewish scholars were pretty knowledgeable and would ask amazing questions ...but power prevailed over truth in them...

I just find the Quran verse amazing that it uses the word "Most Hate the Truth" instead of saying most are unaware of the truth...

Hate is quite a strong word to use...

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      The Khatabbiya seem to have taken Ismail the son of al-Sadiq as their figure-head and pinned their hopes on him as the next Imam. It is hard to discern from the meager sources available whether Ismail’s participation in this was of his own volition or not.
      رجال الكشي: حمدويه بن نصير، عن يعقوب بن يزيد، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن هشام بن الحكم وحماد بن عثمان، عن إسماعيل بن جابر قال: قال أبو عبد الله: ايت المفضل قل له: يا كافر يا مشرك ما تريد إلى ابني تريد أن تقتله
      Hamduwayh b. Nusayr – Ya’qub b. Yazid – Ibn Abi Umayr – Hisham b. al-Hakam and Hammad b. Uthman –  Ismail b. Jabir who said: Abu Abdillah عليه السلام said: Go to Mufadhal and say to him - O Kafir, O Mushrik, what do you want for my son Ismail? Do you want to kill him!?
      The narration above has the Imam using very harsh language with Mufadhal in the context of the latter’s ‘grooming’ of Ismail which al-Sadiq felt was dangerous. 
      On the other hand, there also exists a countervailing narration as below:

      الكافي: محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن علي بن الحكم، عن يونس بن يعقوب قال: أمرني أبو عبد الله عليه السلام أن آتي المفضل واعزيه باسماعيل وقال: اقرأ المفضل السلام وقل له: إنا قد اصبنا بإسماعيل فصبرنا، فاصبر كما صبرنا، إنا أردنا أمرا وأراد الله عزوجل أمرا، فسلمنا لامر الله عزوجل
      Muhammad b. Yahya – Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Isa – Ali b. al-Hakam – Yunus b. Ya’qub who said: Abu Abdillah عليه السلام ordered me to go to Mufadhal and condole him for [the death of] Ismail. He [the Imam] said: Convey my greetings of peace to Mufadhal and say to him: We have been tried through Ismail and have remained patient, so be patient the way we have been patient. We wanted something but Allah Mighty and Majestic wanted something else so we have submitted to the command of Allah Mighty and Majestic.   
      This one is much more warm. The Imam condoles Mufadhal on the occasion of Ismail’s death - the two must have been especially close - and commends him to be patient in emulation of the Imam’s own patience.   
      How can we explain this difference in tone?
       
      A Rapprochement?
      It seems that one way to reconcile between them is to posit that Mufadhal had a period of estrangement from the Imam - because of his involvement with the Khattabis and their intentions for Ismail, however, he later repented from this and broke away with Abu al-Khattab, consequently the relation with the Imam improved.
      Evidence for this can be found in the narration below:
      جبرئيل بن أحمد قال: حدّثني محمّد بن عيسى، عن يونس، عن حماد بن عثمان قال: سمعت أبا عبداللّه عليه السلام يقول للمفضّل بن عمر الجعفي: يا كافر يا مشرك ما لك ولابني، يعني إسماعيل بن جعفر، وكان منقطعا إليه، يقول فيه مع الخطابية، ثم رجع بعد
      Jibrail b. Ahmad – Muhammad b. Isa – Yunus – Hammad b. Uthman who said: I heard Aba Abdillah عليه السلام saying to al-Mufadhal b. Umar al-Ju’fi: O Kafir, O Mushrik, what do you have to do with my son - meaning Ismail b. Ja’far? - and he [Mufadhal] was loyal to him [Ismail], believing about him [that he is the Imam and much more] together with the Khatabiyya, then he returned afterwards.
      That Mufadhal returned back to the truth after deviation can be proved also by the fact that he was not among those followers of Abu al-Khattab who died with their leader when they were attacked by the men of Isa b. Musa [the Abbasid governor of Kufa] after barricading themselves in the central mosque as part of an aborted revolt.
      Another piece of evidence for this view is that Mufadhal seems to have a more cordial relation with al-Kadhim after the death of al-Sadiq [indeed there are no censures against him quoted from this Imam, which would tally with his reform in his later years]. 
      محمد بن مسعود، قال: حدثني عبد الله بن خلف، قال: حدثنا علي بن حسان الواسطي، قال: حدثني موسى بن بكير قال: سمعت أبا الحسن يقول لما أتاه موت المفضل بن عمر، قال: رحمه الله، كان الوالد بعد الوالد، أما انه قد استراح
      Muhammad b. Masud – Abdallah b. Khalaf – Ali b. Hassan al-Wasiti – Musa b. Bukayr who said: I heard Aba al-Hasan saying when he was informed of the death of al-Mufadhal b. Umar - May Allah have mercy on him, he was a father after the father [al-Sadiq i.e. a second father to him]. Verily he is now resting in peace.
       
      Summary 
      The case of al-Mufadhal is a complicated one. More needs to be done to collect all the relevant evidence and formulate a coherent position, if at all possible. This is obviously not the place for an in-depth study. Such research should also consider the provenance of famous books attributed to him like Tawhid al-Mufadhal, al-Ihlilaja etc. Having said all this, caution must be exercised as regards narrations attributed to him, specifically if the contents have to do with Imamology.
    • By shadow_of_light in From Earth to Heaven
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      St. 12 part 4

      By the high sky where there are glorious huge palaces;
      By the promised day when the creatures will meet the Creator;
      By night traveller, that shiny star whose glaring light cleaves the dark.
      By all of these that there is a protector, assigned by God, for every soul.

      قسم به آسمان بلندی که دارای کاخهای عظیم و با شکوه است.
      قسم به روز موعود، به روز دیدار که وعده گاه خلایق است.
      قسم به مسافر شب، به آن ستاره درخشانی که نور خیره کننده اش تاریکیها را میشکافد
      قسم به همه اینان که هر شخصی را از طرف خداوند مراقب و نگهبانی است

      Finally, the promised day came.
      Hoopoe again came and sat behind the window. This time, it held a leaf of ziziphus in its beak.

      After some hours, I noticed it and opened the window. Hoopoe entered and sat on the table. I patted it and said: What a beautiful bird!
      Then I went to bring food and water for it.
      But hoopoe didnt eat or drink anything.
      I touched the statue and it started singing. I thought hoopoe would like the song but it didnt.

      Instead, it put the leaf on the table and looked at me expecting me to remember something.
      I said: Maybe you need some leaves! There are many trees is my garden. You can use their leaves as much as you wish
      Hoopoe's eyes filled with tears for it realized that I didnt remember it and ziziphus tree.
      For a few moments, it remained silent. Then it flew toward the window and left the house.
      I stood by the window and watched hoopoe flying in the sky.
      Hoopoe flew high and high.
      I said: I wish I could fly like it.
      Suddenly I remembered that once I had 2 wings which I lost after my fall on the earth; I remembered the seventh heaven, the angels, God, banishment from paradise and my rendezvous.
      There was not much time... I left that mansion quickly.

      But when I reached there, it was late.
      The sun had already set. I had lost the best opportunity in my life.
      I sat under ziziphus tree and cried. Hoopoe came. I patted it and said:
      You, kind bird, you tried your best. Alas! I remembered too late!
      Gabriel appeared and said:....
      ....
      ...
      .....

      Whether you are close to the sun or far from it, its light and warmth dont change. But the closer you are to the sun, the more you benefit from its warmth...
      God is source of mercy and compassion; How much you benefit from his mercy depends on how close you are to him.
      The path which Satan and his friends follow, leads to the darkness. The more they proceed, the darker the path will get. And finally they reach total darkness. They will go astray so much that even if they want to return, it will be very difficult for them.
      You are free to choose your path. A path leads to light, to magnificence and grandeur. And a path leads to disgrace, aberrance and regret. You can choose: ascending to A'laa Eleein or descending to Asfal al-Saffelin!*

      Gabriel was about to leave. But before he did, he turned his face to me and said: Angels told me that they missed Human a lot. They are still awaiting you. What about you, Human? Do you still remember them?!
      ...
      ....
      ...

      The stars were shining in the dark sky. And it meant that there was still hope. Because the stars are torches of the angels who had been waiting in the heavens for many centuries to welcome those who travelling to paradise.
       
      * A'laa Eleein: the uppermost place in the heavens اعلی علیین
      Asfal al-Safelin: the lowermost place in the hell اسفل السافلین
       
       
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