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How to Attain Great Enlightment?

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Salam,

I'm writing to ask if anyone could help me with Persuing great Enlightment, you know like being very close to Almighty God. And also how can one have such strong spiritual power?

PS: just to let you know I just joined this site :D

Thank you brothers and sisters 

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Salam. This forum has many topics about ethics and self development. InshaAllah you find the information useful and we look forward to learning from you as well. Welcome to ShiaChat.  

http://www.shiachat.com/forum/forum/109-ethics-and-self-development/

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3 hours ago, Al naj said:

Salam,

I'm writing to ask if anyone could help me with Persuing great Enlightment, you know like being very close to Almighty God. And also how can one have such strong spiritual power?

PS: just to let you know I just joined this site :D

 

Thank you brothers and sisters 

Thank you so much hameeda and Ali.isa, I look forward to learning from you as well.

May Allah bless you 

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9 hours ago, Al naj said:

Salam,

I'm writing to ask if anyone could help me with Persuing great Enlightment, you know like being very close to Almighty God. And also how can one have such strong spiritual power?

PS: just to let you know I just joined this site :D

Thank you brothers and sisters 

Salaam Aleikum,

Enlightenment is the greatest thing there is because you see Reality for what it really is.

In order to achieve this, one must follow the True Path as God has told us to do. You cannot rely on what others do or say, because only very few follow the right path.

Enlightenment can only be attained through hard work and in this process you will face many hardships. It is not something easily given to anyone by God. After you pass a test, there will be a bigger test, after that even bigger, etc. It may take years to get there, one must persist!

First thing to do is stop all sins that you commit. If you have any addictions, then those must be stopped as well (gradually).

Two important things in order to get there is Zikr & Salah. Always try to be in Zikr and always pray your Salah.

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@Connectors Al naj replied to you, but accidentally clicked the Report button instead of Reply, so the message was sent only to Moderators. Al Naj's message to you:

Again thank you so much brother, your very right it's all about what you do and not just doing what others do too.

i have learned a lot from your post thank you

may Allah bless you

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Read the book 'light within me'

https://www.al-islam.org/light-within-me-mutahhari-tabatabai-khomeini

Or if you want a shorter version 'kernel of kernels'

https://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/vol13-no4/lubb-al-lubab-short-treatise-wayfaring-s-m-husayn-husayni

This one is the part written only by Allama tabatabai of light within me. 

The path to what you seek lies in there^

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I don't think any of us here know.

Of course we can say things like follow Quran and Ahlulbayt, but what does it mean to us? Others can talk about Du'a etc, but none of us really know. We know general things, we know generally the way but we don't know at the same time anything really.

Most people that just means following a particular Marjaa or group of scholars. To others, it means studying ilmel rijaal etc, and just going through the same process of confirming what is always confirmed through that means and so on and so forth.

To be honest, were it not that I know for sure there is alternative way that I have not found yet, I probably would ended up more on the new age side and looked for spiritual mentors. 

But I know there is a way, there is a way, certainly, for enlightenment. It just isn't "official" or "well known" at the moment.

It's not found in any group of people that are manifest today.

I have no idea how to distinguish falsehood from truth at the moment, and don't have time to do it at the moment, really busy with university but I do know there is alternative way then we have been going about this.

What I know that it's not found in looking to be guided by people who have not been assigned the duty of guiding others. 

We can take such people as resources towards the Guides, but not as the guides themselves.

I am tired of religion. Really tired of it and it makes me feel alienated from people. 

It was meant to establish a love and bond of brotherhood, but we forgotten an important and vital part of the message, that has caused us to become enemies to one another and hate one another.

We broken the trust. The bond will not work "You think them together, but their hearts are disunited, that is because they are people who do not understand?", and how can we understand and build our unity on that, when we make others think for us!

How much of us think God's religion is truly the best gift to humanity to the extent we care about this gift so much we don't want to tarnish it with falsehood? Hardly any, because the Taghut and the bond on that, is more important to us.

We are fools, real fools, we don't believe as true humans believe, we convince ourselves we are some sort of elite pious humanity, when we lack the necessary characteristics of what it means to be human, what it means to be a sincere servant of God.

We deceive ourselves every time.

 

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You won't learn true enlightenment here. Instead you may find the steps towards the path of enlightenment, if you can sift through the dirt to find the gold. Not everyone's opinions are worthy, in fact most opinions are not at all. The path is dark and you will need a teacher once you've reached a certain level who can illuminate the right path for you. 

Salam and May Allah guide us all closer to him.

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This is what I have gathered from readings how to attain enlightenment.

Tasawwuf is necessary to cleansing the heart, originally called Tazkiyyat an-Nafs in the Qur'an. That involves Austerity (Zuhd),  Purification (Tazkiyyah) and Perfection of Character (Ihsan). The terms Zuhd, Tazkiyyat and Ihsan were the terms used in the time of the Prophet (s).

So, with purified nafs, mystic methods are used to experience spiritual layers of consciousness beyond normal senses, perception, rational mind but to the deepest- conscious- cognitive function. 

According to the people who went through such state, most surface part is nafs ammarah (12:53), then once that is disappeared by the continuing zikr, you go through nafs lawwamah (75:2), then nafs mutma'innah / qalb (89:27-30), then ruH. Some Sufi says there is even deeper part called sirr, or ghaib al ghuyub. And while going through, it is said to have visions for each stage. Our normal perception of reality is only surface, partial reality, and by removing noise and distractions of surface consciousness, we go deeper into our existence.

Then there is zero point of consciousness that Sufi calls this point as fana al fana. As for zero point of existence, Sufi calls it Haqq. Suhrawardi called this as Nur al anwar, and ibn Arabi called it Wujud that is ghaib.

Going to and coming back to the awareness is called su'ud and nuzul. If you are interested, please read about the area of 'aalam al mithal.

Once you reach fanaa and then baqaa, that is the ultimate enlightenment.

I am not ready for that extent of enlightenment yet.

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14 hours ago, ema said:

This is what I have gathered from readings how to attain enlightenment.

Tasawwuf is necessary to cleansing the heart, originally called Tazkiyyat an-Nafs in the Qur'an. That involves Austerity (Zuhd),  Purification (Tazkiyyah) and Perfection of Character (Ihsan). The terms Zuhd, Tazkiyyat and Ihsan were the terms used in the time of the Prophet (s).

So, with purified nafs, mystic methods are used to experience spiritual layers of consciousness beyond normal senses, perception, rational mind but to the deepest- conscious- cognitive function. 

According to the people who went through such state, most surface part is nafs ammarah (12:53), then once that is disappeared by the continuing zikr, you go through nafs lawwamah (75:2), then nafs mutma'innah / qalb (89:27-30), then ruH. Some Sufi says there is even deeper part called sirr, or ghaib al ghuyub. And while going through, it is said to have visions for each stage. Our normal perception of reality is only surface, partial reality, and by removing noise and distractions of surface consciousness, we go deeper into our existence.

Then there is zero point of consciousness that Sufi calls this point as fana al fana. As for zero point of existence, Sufi calls it Haqq. Suhrawardi called this as Nur al anwar, and ibn Arabi called it Wujud that is ghaib.

Going to and coming back to the awareness is called su'ud and nuzul. If you are interested, please read about the area of 'aalam al mithal.

Once you reach fanaa and then baqaa, that is the ultimate enlightenment.

I am not ready for that extent of enlightenment yet.

Dear sister, with all due respect, we should not care for what Sufis say?

Anything that is not authenticated by Quran, Sayings & Actions of the Prophet S and Ahlulbayt AS, is a lala land, a fantasy world, an imaginary play of words by certain people of learning.

I would recommend OP to read through Light With In Me and other books suggested in other posts. 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, ema said:

Shia has ‘Irfaan عرفان; gnosis that is Islamic mysticism that has been intertwined with sufism and almost identical.

Irfan is not for lay people. Irfani people can use Irfan in a wrong way to mislead people. If we are not in hawzah we don't need to delve into such things. Just because a Shia scholar might teach Irfan in hawzah, it is only because his students need to know everything about that. We don't know all the details that Ulema know. They know the 'ins and outs' of it and know what to discard. 

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The path of " Ahlul bayt" is irfan / Marefat Allah.

Knowning Allah, can be only given by himself , not necessarily thru studying or going to any institute, but thru practising Taqwa, being open to the truth, and having a sincere heart towards Allah at all times.

This is what is most needed. You don't even need to be literate to know Allah, because Allah fills the person with his knowledge and wisdom.

None of the prophets went to any religious schools, but all of them were seekers of truth, pure minded people, who were mainly Shepherds !

Allah gives his knowledge to whom ever he wills.

 

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Dear brother @Al naj , sister @ema This is a time of mourning of Imam Hussain AS, there is no better way to attain Irfaan except through the wasila of Imam Hussain AS through his commemoration and acting upon the Shaira of Allah swt in the right way.

If you are indeed into enlightenment, I would highly suggest to listen to this 5 series Majlis. I will guarantee you, this will put you on the path of enlightenment inshAllah. Keep listening to it as its easy to forget many things. Listen to it every few months till you could become the practitioner of all things suggested. 

 

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1 hour ago, hameedeh said:

If we are not in hawzah we don't need to delve into such things.

It is true that such experience must be done under the guidance of very trustworthy scholar so you don't end up getting psychiatric problems by doing it it wrongly. However, we can not tell or prohibit others what they should study, or how much they are allow to study. Even lay people come with variety of faculty with degrees of understanding capacity. It is individual freedom to research and learn as much as possible. Ignorance is the worst condition. More knowledge, the better.

1 hour ago, hameedeh said:

it is only because his students need to know everything about that.

As a believer, I want and need to know also, so I would gain better judgement on which scholars to trust for such experience in future.

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1 hour ago, certainclarity said:

Nothing more is needed.

Maybe that is for you. But you can not speak for everyone in the world.

1 hour ago, certainclarity said:

Knowning Allah, can be only given by himself , not necessarily thru studying or going to any institute, but thru practising Taqwa, being open to the truth, and having a sincere heart towords Allah at all times.

Knowing Allah is our religious duty.

For me, I need to study seriously to deepen my understanding.

Even Christianity reminds us to fear God, open to the truth, and having sincere heart.

Even ISIS people give out all their money and sacrifice their lives while having fear of Allah with all sincerity without knowing they are being misled.

We still need to seek out knowledge as much as possible in best of our ability from Islamic education to have correct understanding that enable us to distinguish between truth from falsehood, and how to chose the right path,  

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10 hours ago, ema said:

Maybe that is for you. But you can not speak for everyone in the world.

Knowing Allah is our religious duty.

For me, I need to study seriously to deepen my understanding.

Even Christianity reminds us to fear God, open to the truth, and having sincere heart.

Even ISIS people give out all their money and sacrifice their lives while having fear of Allah with all sincerity without knowing they are being misled.

We still need to seek out knowledge as much as possible in best of our ability from Islamic education to have correct understanding that enable us to distinguish between truth from falsehood, and how to chose the right path,  

Definately ! we are the generation of the internet! We have no excuse! having said that, it is interesting to note,there will always be conflicting opinions, even if you graduate from the same institute and become a qualified clergy person! 

How come?

So which opinion is the truth in matters of religion? 

According to Imam Ali, if there are two contradicting opinions one is FALSE.

Now, who is willing to claim they are wrong after spending years of study???

So in my opinion the prerequisite is to seek "the truth" from Allah, because all sects have their own perception who is Allah and how to reach him.

You wont be able to know the truth, unless you first seek the truth, as to know which is the true path.

Everyone is looking to confirm the knowledge they have and "THEIR perception is the truth," not many people look for THE TRUTH, Because The Truth, will require a great deal of struggle to break ones EGO, as we may have to admit we were wrong all the way....

A person who is willing to admit he/she is wrong, is the one seeking for the truth, despite whatever he or she thought to be the Truth.

This needs looking deep down ourselves ,Courage and humility.

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Having conflicting views among hawza students is normal. Because humans are equipped with capacity of partial knowledge and understandings. People view from different perspectives with different degree of understandings. If you look at any science, theories are continuously corrected, extended,  and further broken down into details, etc through out our history.  Either case, knowledge earned by studying, ilm is necessary to distinguish whether the spiritual knowledge, marifat, we think we have received as inspiration, is just from your imagination, or misleading idea whispered by sheytaan, or truly from Allah.

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I highly recommend this book  Al naj. https://www.al-islam.org/the-elixir-of-love-ayatullah-muhammadi-rayshahri

It is one of my favourites because Shaikh Rajab Ali Khayyat left many gems for the seeker of the beloved. You will really enjoy the book i am sure of it. I have read it many times again and again .After this i recommend you read about Sheikh Bahjat. The books previously recommended by Alammah Tabatabai are excellent too. Most of the stuff you are looking for is better explained in these books, with cases and examples and quotes from the Quran. They also will give you a taste of the wonderful poetry out there. Too much content for me to write about on this post.

The arifs always seemed frustrated that people expect some special or mystical or theoretical treatise or method towards realisation. However its all in the simplicity of performing what Allah has commanded us to do and following the teachings of the imams, if for a moment, we sincerely applied ourselves to the religion we would reach high spiritual stations. It is available for us all, nobody has a monopoly of it, and neither do you need to enter an order or dress up in special clothes. The subtle part of it all is with regards to how you remember Allah constantly, and how good your tawheed is, i.e you are completely submerged in the light of monotheism, free from polytheism. Well that's my take from it, of course i haven't reached any stations im just a wasteman and talk is cheap. What i do know is shariah is the foundation of the path and it will help you avoid the hypocrites.

As Rumi apparently said, the greatest idol is your own ego.

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