Salam to Mercury and all the members who are participating in this topic. I mean no disrespect to any follower of ANY school of thought here.
1)why are they taking their tauheed from Ibn Al-arabi? WHY IS THIS NOT PARADOXICAL??
Admittedly but without shame, i have NOT read TabaTabei; Muthairi; Ibn Arbi or any other claimants.
I recite Quran and read/listen to Fazayle e Masomeen which i find to be more than enough for me.
As far as "taking" Toheed is concerned, it is best to keep it simple. Last will of our Prophet was
This world is filled with learned men and women, from Greek philosophers to Western scientists and they are all great and amazing like learned scholars of Islam including Sufi/Saints. However, my Prophet told me to FOLLOW the Quran, which we can all agree is very
difficult to unlock(understand) even for the most intelligent...therefore for the aid of our simple minds,
are the teachings (Fazayle Masomeen). Therefore, one can learn a lot from scholars of every school or time
period, but for me...a subject like Toheed...its best to adhere to what OUR MASOMEEN say. Brother Mercury,
this isnt exactly the answer to your question, but you need to ask yourself if what Arbi;Tabatabei et el
are the RIGHT sources for a very complex and may i use the word 'dangerous' question/subject of Toheed?
(because if you go into the depths of it with the wrong rope in hand, you may be left behind in AQRAT!)
2) is ibn Arabi's way 'one' of the 'ways' to the straight path (sirat almustakem), as in tafseer al mezan explanation of different & various paths that ultimately lead to the one 'straight path' of sura Al-Hamd? ???
Sura AL Hamd is about Allah and Fazayle Masomeen
Favored here is referring NOT to Sufi/Saints or claimants BUT
Masomeen. Dont read X Y Z about Toheed, read all 14 Masomeen, IF YOU NEED TO, otherwise it is
enough that you believe in ONE Allah and leave all the Ghuloo and Qayas to Sufi/Saints and their followers
and Mureeds. Thankfully Shias have 14 Masomeen, AhlayBayt e Mohamad Rasool Allah, this is the ONLY right PATH.
3)why do i get a different feeling in the namaz i do when i believe myself in wahdat Al-wujud vis-a-vis
the namaz i do with the typical usuli belief structure ..... the namaz i do with Ibn Al-Arabi's tauheed
gives me a deeper connection... what do i do? find a middle path? what is that middle path?
Is it Allah or is it His shadow or reflection or mirror image? is it Wajud/ Shahuud/ Mojuud?
I am sorry Mercury, you can read a million books and find billion statements about all this.
Ultimately, you will be more confused and lost than when you started. Satan will use this
to make you miss your Namaz, he may tell you Wajud feels better than Mojuud or even when you
are Paak(not Najis) he will delay your namaz to make you go shower first.
How your Namaz makes you feel...and how its different from Wajuud to Shahuud...i believe is keeping
you away from doing what you NEED to do first and foremost...just do your NAMAZ with the Kalma "There is no Allah but Allah", and thats it...that is the best definition/explanation of Toheed,
The day you rest your mind from all these things written by MEN and just believe in what Allah
wrote, INSHALLAH your namaz will leave you elated/ enlightened and lighter. If all else fails,
read what Masomeen say about Toheed and just follow that, whether you feel connected or NOT. If NOT than something else is the issue in your namaz and its NOT Toheed.
4)how did Ibn Al-Arabi achieve what all he did without believing in the Imam (a)?
How is it that Buddhist and Hindu monks can defy physics
and achieve the impossible by practicing 'Nafs Kushi' without the aid of Islam/Quran/Imams. How did Einstein come up with world changing formula of E=mc2 without Quran?
Mercury, if from today til your end ALL you ever did was just pursuit the philosophy of Toheed, even you
will have admirers, fans, popularity, notoriety and fame one day. Your works will be printed
and talked about for ages in forums and articles. Some will disagree with you others will become
your mureeds. Then again, there will be some like me, who will say good for you Mercury but word of
Allah/Quran/Masomeen is more than good enough for me. La Ilaha Ill Allah.
I hope you find peace Mercury.