The Goal of Creation

[Note: This offering is in memorial to Keith Hamm, a beloved soul and former teacher of mine, whose original thought inspired this content. Some of the writing is even taken directly from his. Unfortunately, neither Mr. Hamm, nor the publishing company responsible for printing his work exist on this physical plane any longer. Therefore, to obtain the appropriate permissions from them is not possible. However, as he always taught me, this teaching is like a pearl without price, and should always be given freely to any and all who would or could receive it, (Quran 38:86). All credit, praise and thanks belong to Allah Alone!]

The human being is created to be, in a sense the highest point of Allah’s creation. So much so in fact, that having breathed His spirit into him, Allah commands even the angels to bow down to him! And within the human being, the human heart is his apex. The perfection of that heart is love, and the best of loves is to love God. Thus, love of Allah is goal of His creation, the supremacy of existence.

It is no coincidence that every prophet and every messenger of God has urged us to Adore the Only Adorable One—Allah Alone. The Qur’an enjoins us to remember Allah, that He may remember us, (2:152); and later, it tells us we were created but to adore Him alone, (51:56). He is repeatedly described within its pages as “The Most Loving” (11:90 & 85:14). Furthermore, Allah says He loves those who rely on and trust Him, (3:159). This exchange of divine love is life’s ultimate goal and essential purpose. Whatever is not contributing to this life purpose is in truth death, since forgetfulness of Allah is in reality the essence of death.

How beautiful is this way of love! Out of Raheem, His never-ending loving-kindness, Al-Wadood (The Most Loving) invites us, even commands us, to remember Him in love. If we could fathom His mercy, how grateful we would be! Suppose Allah prohibited us from loving Him, or forbid us to even think of Him. How our hearts would yearn and strive to win that permission! Hell would be a paradise if we were allowed to remember Him there, and a resident of paradise with all its charms would gladly forsake them for a glimpse of Him.

In this conditioned state of consciousness, we are commanded to remember Allah. Everything in “The Reminder” exists for this purpose. It is for this reason we chant our dhikr, or memorize The Quran; for this reason only we pray the 5 daily prayers. Any service we perform, and da’wa we do, is to help others to this love and, in turn help ourselves. However, there are higher stations on this journey, where we will always think of Allah, not by command, but by spontaneous attraction. Then what inspires our remembrance is not a command, or fear, but a joyous attraction to His attributes.

This is the real experience of divine love. To reach a place on the path where obligations cease to exert their influence; where they give way to a perfect contentment.

This is the fulness of love. This is what the mystic poets have glimpsed in their ecstatic rhymes. Once enraptured in this way, one is prone to refuse even the dominion of the seven heavens, or any other benediction others would desire. Having perceived the bliss of this perfection, it is impossible to want anything else. Having experienced this loving-exchange, to trade it for anything else would be like exchanging the rarest of gems for pieces of broken glass.

May each of us be destined for this perfection, in all of its contentment. It is available to any of us, simply by remembering our Source of Satisfaction, by chanting any of His Holy Names—and thus remembering in limitless depth, these Divine Attributes!

–12-SteppinSufi

The human being is created to be, in a sense the highest point of Allah’s creation. So much so in fact, that having breathed his spirit into him, Allah commands even the angels to bow down to him! And within the human being, the human heart is his apex. The perfection of that heart is love, and the best of loves is to love God. Thus, love of Allah is the goal of His creation, the supremacy of existence.

It is no coincidence that every prophet and every messenger of God has urged us to Adore the Only Adorable One—Allah Alone. The Qur’an enjoins us to remember Allah, that He may remember us, (2:152); and later, it tells us we were created but to adore Him alone, (51:56). He is repeated described within its pages as “The Most Loving” (11:90 & 85:14). Furthermore, Allah says He loves those who rely on and trust Him, (3:159). This exchange of divine love is life’s ultimate goal and essential purpose. Whatever is not contributing to this life purpose is in truth death, since forgetfulness of Allah is in reality the essence of death.

How beautiful is this way of love! Out of Raheem, His never-ending loving-kindness, Al-Wadood (The Most Loving) invites us, even commands us, to remember Him in love. If we could fathom His mercy, how grateful we would be! Suppose Allah prohibited us from loving Him, or forbid us to even think of Him. How our hearts would yearn and strive to win that permission! Hell would be a paradise if we were allowed to remember Him there, and a resident of paradise with all its charms would gladly forsake them for a glimpse of Him.

In this conditioned state of consciousness, we are commanded to remember Allah. Everything in “The Reminder” exists for this purpose. It is for this reason we chant our dhikr, or memorize The Quran; for this reason only we pray the 5 daily prayers. Any service we perform and dawwa we do is to help others to this love and, in turn help ourselves. However, there are higher stations on this journey, where we will always think of Allah, not by command, but by spontaneous attraction. Then what inspires our remembrance is not a command, or fear, but a joyous attraction to His attributes.

This is the real experience of divine love. To reach a place on the path where obligations cease to exert their influence; where they give way to a perfect contentment.

This is the fulness of love. This is what the mystic poets have glimpsed in their ecstatic rhymes. Once enraptured in this one is prone to refuse even the dominion of the seven heavens, or any other benediction others would desire. Having perceived the bliss of this perfection, it is impossible to want anything else. Having experienced this loving-exchange, to trade it for anything else would be like exchanging the rarest of gems for pieces of broken glass.

May each of us be destined for this perfection, in all of its contentment. It is available to any of us, simply by remembering our Source of Satisfaction, by chanting any of His Holy Names—and thus remembering in limitless depth, these Divine Attributes!

–12-SteppinSufi

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