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The Hijab And The Divine Cloak

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I would like to carry on Skype discussion sessions next week (i.e. not this coming Saturday). Our next session will take place on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

 

Topic: The Hijab and the Divine Cloak

 

If you're interested in coming, please send me a private message with your Skype info, and inshaAllah we will convene when the time comes.

 

Walaikumsalam wa rahmatullah

 

Wow, sounds good mashaAllah. Easterm time 3pm, would that be 11am UK? what would the time difference be? sounds great inshaAllah

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I would like to carry on Skype discussion sessions next week (i.e. not this coming Saturday). Our next session will take place on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

 

Topic: The Hijab and the Divine Cloak

 

If you're interested in coming, please send me a private message with your Skype info, and inshaAllah we will convene when the time comes.

 

Aw, I always end up missing most of those sessions because I have to work on the weekends during that time :(  Just wondering, will you ever go back to having the classes at 8pm time like you did over the summer, or will it still be 3ish from now on? 

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Aw, I always end up missing most of those sessions because I have to work on the weekends during that time :(  Just wondering, will you ever go back to having the classes at 8pm time like you did over the summer, or will it still be 3ish from now on? 

 

InshaAllah I'll take a survey in the written chat after the next session, and see what time works best with the most people.

 

The issue with 8pm is that our European and Asian friends will be asleep.

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Salam

 

My Lord, grant me complete severance of my relations with everything else and total submission to You. Enlighten the eyes of our hearts with the light of their looking at You to the extent that they penetrate the veils of light and reach the Source of Grandeur, and let our souls get suspended by the glory of Your sanctity.
My Lord, make me one of those whom You call and they respond; when You look at and they are thunderstruck by Your majesty. You whisper to them secretly and they work for You openly.

 

 

Qaim given we can't see Allah fully, what's your interpretation of the above Du'a. I heard this Du'a (Munajatal Shabaniya) is mutuwatir having many authentic chains.

 

 

 

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"It is not fitting for a man that Allah should speak to him except by inspiration, or from behind a veil, or by the sending of a messenger to reveal, with Allah's permission, what Allah wills: for He is Most High, Most Wise." 42:51

I like this verse about hijab :)

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Narration 6: The Intellect

 

Imam al-Baqir [a] said, "When Allah created the intellect, He interrogated it. Then He said to it: Draw near. So it drew near. Then He said to it: Go back. So it went back. Then He said: By My glory and My majesty, I have not created a creation that is more beloved to Me than you. And I have not perfected you but in one whom I love. Truly you do I command and you do I forbid. And you do I punish, and you do I reward."

 

This narration describes the aql as one of the primordial creations. It is obedient, exalted, honourable, and cherished by Allah (ما خلقت خلقا أحسن منك ولا أطوع لي منك ولا أرفع منك ولا أشرف منك ولا أعز منك), and the standard by which Allah rewards and punishes His creation. The aql is not just passive rationality, but rather, it obeys its Creator. Obedience of Allah is always the most rational option, because Allah is Merciful and Just, and His will is in the best interest of the whole. The aql is translated as "intellect" rather than "mind" or "reason", because intellect is intrinsically positive, while human reason can be subject to biases and ill-intent.

 

But interestingly, the hadith states that the aql draws near and goes back by the order of Allah. This is a demonstration of the aql's obedience, but it's more than that. Remember that the aql was created from a stored, hidden light (إن الله خلق العقل من نور مخزون مكنون). Its esoteric origin is an indicator to its precious nature. A question comes to mind: what is "forward" and "back" in a dimension that lacks time and spatial properties? Especially if "drawing near" cannot be a physical statement, because Allah cannot be approached or escaped physically, and because the aql and noor do not have physical properties. There are a few theories that may explain this phenomenon, including one emanating from Ayt. Behjat's students, which describes the aql's "drawing near" as a movement towards ithhar (becoming apparent), and its "drawing back" as its hiddenness. This would make the language of the hadith a literary device that helps us understand the exchange: a closer object is more apparent, while a further object is less apparent. To support this point, notice how the aql was formed out of a hidden light, and Allah tells it to first "draw near" (i.e. become apparent).

 

The significance of this is that there are thahir and batin aspects of the intellect that manifest in the wisdom of Islam. There are exoteric truths and esoteric truths, outward personalities of the ma`sumeen and their inward realities. Niyya (inner) and a`maal (outer).

 

Narration 7: The Occultation

 

The occultation of the 12th Imam made the mandatory recognition of the Imam an almost entirely batini concept (for the time being). Before your deeds can be accepted, you need to set out to find your unseen Imam. In this epoch, the narrations also indicate that the believers will increase their taqiyya, protecting the divine wisdom from being persecuted by the ignorant and the evil. The believer develops a strong connection with the Hidden Imam, but is not able to see him with his physical eyes. This brings us to the narration:

 

Imam al-Qa'im (as) wrote in a letter, "In the daughter of the Messenger of Allah is a good example for me." (في ابنة رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله لي أسوة حسنة)

 

While the Imam himself does not elaborate on this concept (perhaps to reassert the mystique of Sayyida Fatima (as)), some commentaries tie the Imam's occultation to Fatima's secrecy. Both were oppressed of their rights, and both reflect the batini dimension. While we cannot unveil the two fully, we can understand what is behind the veil and develop a connection with them.

 

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There are many other examples we can point to, but this should be sufficient in illustrating my point. The Qur'an and the Ahl al-Bayt have given a great deal of emphasis to this idea of veiling and unveiling realities. I have extended this to the hijab, which not only gives the hijab a divine importance, but it expands its purpose. Rather than simply being a garment that covers the physical beauty of a person, it takes after God's example.

 

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وعن أبي عبد الله الإمام الصادق (عليه السلام) أ نّه قال : ( إنَّا أنزَلْـنَاهُ فِي لَـيْلَةِ القَدْرِ )[2] ، الليلة فاطمة الزهراء والقدر الله ، فمن عرف فاطمة حقّ معرفتها فقد أدرك ليلة القدر ، وإنّما سمّيت فاطمة لأنّ الخلق فطموا عن معرفتها.

 

Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq (as) said: "Surely, we have revealed it on the Night of Power." (97:1) The night is Fatima al-Zahra, and the Power is Allah. Whoever recognizes Fatima in her rightful manner will have comprehended the Night of Power. She was named Fatima because the Creation has been prevented (fatamu) from recognizing her [fully]."

 

 

(Tafsir Furat al-Kufi)

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(salam)

 

Narration 6: The Intellect

 

Imam al-Baqir [a] said, "When Allah created the intellect, He interrogated it. Then He said to it: Draw near. So it drew near. Then He said to it: Go back. So it went back. Then He said: By My glory and My majesty, I have not created a creation that is more beloved to Me than you. And I have not perfected you but in one whom I love. Truly you do I command and you do I forbid. And you do I punish, and you do I reward."

 

But interestingly, the hadith states that the aql draws near and goes back by the order of Allah. This is a demonstration of the aql's obedience, but it's more than that. Remember that the aql was created from a stored, hidden light (إن الله خلق العقل من نور مخزون مكنون). Its esoteric origin is an indicator to its precious nature. A question comes to mind: what is "forward" and "back" in a dimension that lacks time and spatial properties? Especially if "drawing near" cannot be a physical statement, because Allah cannot be approached or escaped physically, and because the aql and noor do not have physical properties. There are a few theories that may explain this phenomenon, including one emanating from Ayt. Behjat's students, which describes the aql's "drawing near" as a movement towards ithhar (becoming apparent), and its "drawing back" as its hiddenness. This would make the language of the hadith a literary device that helps us understand the exchange: a closer object is more apparent, while a further object is less apparent. To support this point, notice how the aql was formed out of a hidden light, and Allah tells it to first "draw near" (i.e. become apparent).

 

I am quoting this only as a reminder for my self - inshAllah I have some notes that I have taken from the Farsi lectures of this student (Agha Abidini). Of course I am not too strong in these philosophical discussions, but perhaps if I simply relay it in English, those with a stronger philosophical understanding can perhaps connect the dots and benefit from it (and maybe explain it to us in laymen terms).

 

Also, this notion of iqbaal and idbaar has been discussed by Imam Khomeini in his explanation of the Hadith of Junood of Aql wa Jahl. It is very similar to what Agha Abidini says. If brothers/sisters who know Farsi, are interested in his lectures please PM me - there are websites where his explanations of a few chapters of al-Kafi (chapter on Aql and Fadhl ul-Ilm) and from Bihar (on Ma'ad) and also lectures on al-Mizan can be downloaded from.

 

Wassalam

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1 - حدثنا محمد بن إبراهيم بن أحمد بن يونس المعاذي، قال: حدثنا أحمد بنمحمد بن سعيد الكوفي الهمداني، قال: حدثنا علي بن الحسن بن علي بن فضال،عن أبيه، قال: سألت الرضا علي بن موسى عليهما السلام، عن قول الله عز وجل: (كلاإنهم عن ربهم يومئذ لمحجوبون) فقال: إن الله تبارك وتعالى لا يوصف بمكان يحلفيه فيحجب عنه فيه عباده، ولكنه يعني، إنهم عن ثواب ربهم لمحجوبون.

 

Narrated 'Ali b. al-Hassan b. 'Ali b. Fadhal from his father, he said: I asked 'Ali b. Musa al-Redhaع on the saying of Allah 'Azawajjal: "Verily from their Lord that Day will they be veiled. (Quran 83:15)" He said: Surely Allah Tabarakah Wata'alah is not described to be in a space where He is veiled from His servants there. But rather, it means that the reward of Allah will be veiled from them. [al-Tawheed by Saduq]

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On 11/26/2015, 11:34:45, Qa'im said:

الحسين بن احمد، عن أبيه قال: حدثنا محمد بن بندار، عن محمد ابن علي، عن محمد بن عبد الله الخراساني خادم الرضا قال: قال بعض الزنادقة لابي الحسن " ع ": لم احتجب الله؟ فقال أبو الحسن عليه السلام: ان الحجاب عن الخلق لكثرة ذنوبهم فاما هو فلا تخفى عليه خافية في آناء الليل والنهار

A heretic asked Imam ar-Rida [a], "Why is Allah veiled?"

So the Imam said, "Veiling from the creation is due to the abundance of their sins. Surely, He is not hidden from them out of fear, neither the night nor the day."


"But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear."

"Truly, You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, Savior!"

"And I will wait for the LORD who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him"

This is also an intriguing book related to this topic  http://www.amazon.com/The-Disappearance-God-Divine-Mystery/dp/0316294349

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Notice how the Imam [a] considers vision towards God to be the reward of the believer. Not Houris, not drinks, not fruits, but that "Allah" is their reward. In the long Du'a of arifini nafsik, we are taught to say "and through him (Imam Mahdi [a]) make us not seek anything other then your face" Of course, Allah's [swt] true essence cannot be seen or comprehended in time and place or by any vision, even that of the best of the best servants of God.

As for houris, etc, they will manifest God's generosity and love for his servants, which is why these rewards are in Quran. They are not meant to be desired ends in themselves though, but just as a girl likes a special necklace or something given by a special partner, the same is true of the believer appreciating the gifts of God. They love the gift and appreciate it, but it's mainly due to the love manifested and praise of God in that, and the relationship of the gift to the giver.

 

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I know this is very old but, Qa'im that description about the hijab and it's true meaning (physical and metaphysical) and how the husband goes through miraj to unveil his wife ...... It was amazing. Just everything you said was so brilliant and amazing. all of your words and descriptions were amazing.... Pearls, and husbands and wives and dedication and sincerity and acting ladylike...... This description of the hijab should be published. It is PERFECT. No less. 

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روى عبد الله بن الحسن باسناده عن آبائه ، أنه لما أجمع أبوبكر وعمر على منع فاطمة عليها السلام فدكا و بلغها ذلك لاثت خمارها على رأسها و اشتملت بجلبابها وأقبلت في لمةٍ من حفدتها ونساء قومها تطأ ذيولها ما تخرم مشيتها مشية رسول الله ( ص ) حتى دخلت على أبي بكر وهو في حشد من المهاجرين والأنصار وغيرهم فنيطت دونها ملاءة فجلست

When Lady Fatima [a] set out to deliver her sermon on Fadak, she wrapped her scarf around her head, covered herself in her cloak, surrounded herself with her family and women from her community, and stepped on the ends of her dress. Her walk was no different than the walking of the Messenger of Allah (s). Then, she entered upon Abi Bakr, who was in a gathering of the Muhajireen, the Ansar, and others. She requested that a curtain be placed before her, and then she sat behind it.  (al-Ihtijaj)

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