The Garden of Truth

Sadia Dehlvi
Wednesday, 20-June-2012

 

Who we are? Where do we come from? What are we doing on this planet? Where do we go once we die? All these are questions that remain part of the eternal human quest.
In traditional societies, the answers to these questions are provided by religion. In the Islamic tradition, Sufism offers a detailed understanding of these queries by unveiling the mysteries of the Divine Nature and leading us back to God. The Quran says, “Verily we come from God and to Him we return.”(2:156)
The decay in the human condition has made us forgetful beings, not knowing who we are and what our purpose in life is. Prophet Mohammad said, “Whoever knows himself, knows His Lord.” Based on this Hadith, Sufism teaches that self-knowledge leads to the knowledge of the Divine. The Sufi path provides the light necessary to illuminate the dark corners of our souls and facilitates the journey within. This self-knowledge pierces through the outer coverings that limit our ordinary consciousness and makes one aware of his/her ultimate identity beyond the confines of time and space.
Interestingly, similar to the philosophy of Plato, who asserts that true knowledge is recollection, in Sufism the stages of knowledge are identified as stages of the remembrance of God. The Sufi path leads one out of forgetfulness, selfishness and falsehood to the Garden of Truth.
Our true identity resides in the heart, which is not just at the centre of human microcosm but the repository of intuitive knowledge also.
In a famous Hadith Qudsi, which is a saying of God uttered by Prophet Mohammad, Allah says, “The Heavens and the Earth cannot contain me, but the heart of the faithful servant does contain Me.” The Prophet also said that wrongdoing irritates the heart, because it perceives wrong action. Heedlessness starves the heart of spiritual nourishment, robbing it of its awareness of God.
Although the heart is vulnerable to anxiety, it is essentially an organ designed to be in a state of calm which is achieved through remembrance of God.
The heart is where the Divine Reality resides in both men and women. The heart, when softened through spiritual practices, begins to beam a light.
When this light shines on the intellect, one is able to discern truth from falsehood, the Absolute and the relative. To know the truth with one’s whole being is ultimately to “become the Truth”. At the highest level, the knower, knowledge and the known are one.

 



    

Top Stories

Punjab govt. seeks four-month time for LB polls

ISLAMABAD: Punjab government has sought four-month time from Supreme Court (SC) for holding local bodies election in the...

Car bombings kill at least 33 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD: A new wave of car bombs ripped through commercial areas in the Iraqi capital and areas to the south Tuesday, ki...

Altaf, Zardari discuss law & order in Sindh

KARACHI: Muttahidat Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and former president and co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Pa...

White House weighs petition to deport Justin Bieber

WASHINGTON: As if Barack Obama didn't have enough problems to deal with already, his administration now is being asked t...

Sindh CNG stations reopen after 24 hours

KARACHI: CNG stations across Sindh including Karachi reopened after 24-hour closure at 8:00 AM today (Tuesday), media re...

Gas leakage blast kills 1, hurts 3 in Quetta

QUETTA: An explosion occurred at a house due to gas leakage, killing at least one person and wounding three others here ...

Ministry of CAD decisions put students,teachers & parents in a fix

Islamabad:Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) indecisive attitude put the students as well as paren...

10-year-old maid allegedly tortured to death in Lahore

LAHORE: A 10-year-old girl, who works as maid, was allegedly tortured to death in Lahore, medi reported.Sources said tha...

Five friends voluntarily embrace death: police

THATTA: Police after initial investigation claimed that five friends, who were allegedly killed in Noori Jam Tamachi, vo...

Pakistan wants good relations with all neighbouring countries: PM Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan wanted good relations with all the neighbouring countries....

IHC dismisses Musharaf’s pleas; verdict issued

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday issued 11-page detailed verdict over the intra-court appeal filed by f...

Pakistan to get $550m after IMF review meeting on Dec. 19

WASHINGTON: International Monetary Fund (IMF) first quarter review meeting on Pakistan’s loan programme will be held on...

Kayani thanks Corps Commanders for extending support

RAWALPINDI: The 166th Corps Commanders Conference was held at General Headquarters on Thursday.   Outgoing Chief of Ar...

3 women held captive for 30 years: UK police

LONDON: Three women have been freed after spending 30 years held captive in a south London home, including one woman be...

Iran has slowed work on atomic facilities: IAEA

NEW YORK: Iran appears to have dramatically slowed work on its atomic energy program since the summer, U.N. officials s...

Young Frenchman too heavy to fly will go home by ship

NEW YORK CITY: A young Frenchman who weighs 230 kilograms (500 pounds) and was deemed too heavy to fly on a jetliner ar...

Ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf released

ISLAMABAD: Adiala Jail authorities have formally released the country’s former military strongman General (retd) Pervez...

Bolivia coca ambush leaves 4 security force members dead

LA PAZ: A weekend ambush and hostage-taking involving police and Bolivian coca growers has left four people dead, offic...

Muslim pilgrims ritually stone devil as hajj nears end

MINA: Throngs of Muslim pilgrims took part in devil-stoning ritual for a second day Wednesday in Saudi Arabia's Mina Va...

KP Home Department orders police to collect data of internet cafes

PESHAWAR: The Home Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has ordered police to collect the record of all the intern...


Feature / Analysis

  • ABU HAMZA: SOME MEN ARE MORE DISABLED THAN OTHERS

    As the trial of Abu Hamza al-Masri gets under way in New York, Fahad A...

    Read More »

  • Little Rula

    Name: RulaClass: I didn’t finish my educationSchool: Refugees in Jorda...

    Read More »

  • SC judgment on eunuch is good but Let castration not become destiny!

    The study reported that most eunuchs in India were the result of force...

    Read More »

  • Boston and Baghdad

    Greater Boston and its citizens are the focus of media attention in re...

    Read More »


Opinion

  • 9/11 Truther Mike Ruppert Kills Himself

    The conspiracy theorist Mike Ruppert shot and killed himself Sunday ni...

    Read More »

  • Life is not a bed of Roses!

    She was thrilling with excitement when she called me, aunty I have got...

    Read More »

  • BBC In The Service Of Israeli Propaganda

    Over the last five weeks, the trend in BBC reporting to ignore events ...

    Read More »

  • Cinematic poem' captures Afghanistan's isolated Wakhan Corridor

    If Hollywood ever makes a movie about Cédric Houin – and based on his ...

    Read More »