Friday, November 14, 2014

Unity Of Existence


Only God is Existent, and all of Creation is but a grandiose mirror reflecting His Divine Essence and Attributes.
Shaykh al-Akbar Imam ibn Arabi al-Hatimi at-Tai termed this concept "the Unity of Existence" — al-Wahdat al-Wujud.


In Sufi terminology, Wahdatul-Wujud means to believe that all the Mawjudat, that is, everything that exists and are present around us and beyond us, are an indication of God’s Presence, and also to believe that everything besides God is Subjective, that is, a thing that exists, merely exists because God has subjected it to exist and therefore it has no existentiality of its own. Therefore, everything that exists is a representation of Takwin, the Creative Act of God.


A common argument against the concept of al-Wahdat al-Wajud, often brought up by the Wahhabi Muslims or the Ahl-e-Hadith, the likes of Dr. Zakir Naik and Dr. Bilal Philips, is that it is Shirk in the form of Pantheism. Untrue.


Pantheism is the belief that God is Present in Creation in the physical sense, and is thus worshiped. This leads to paganism and idolatry as the objects in creation are directly worshiped as containing the Essence of God. In other words, Pantheism reduces God bound to three-dimensional entities existing within space and time inside creation.


In sharp contrast, Wahdatul-Wujud enhances God beyond any space, time or dimensional boundaries by stating that if everything in being was extended to infinity, nothing would remain but God. That is, a two-dimensional picture of a house can be rendered into three-dimensions whence it would take the form of an actual house with height, weight, width and length. However, if everything in existence now, similarly, be rendered to infinite dimensions then it would all cease to exist except for God. Therefore, in the greater scheme of things, we conclude, nothing exists but God.


Think of it this way: You draw a picture. The picture is not real. It is a two-dimensional rendering of whatever was going through your head as you formulated it upon a canvas. It doesn't really exist, you gave it form. Now, think this: you and everything around you is a picture, a three dimensional rendering of the Will and Creative Attribute of God.


This is the Ultimate Truth. This is the Unity of Creation and All of Existence. This is Wahdat al-Wujud.




— Fahim Ferdous Promi

3 comments:

  1. I grew up with my parents being strongly influenced by the Wahhabi ideals, and as things were quite tough on me, I ignored religion and it remained in the darkness for me. But as I started to venture deeper, my conscious is more alert than ever. I am in a very bad place now and if Allah exists, I really hope I get a sign. You write really well MashaaAllah.

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    1. Thank you :) Jazak Allahu Khayr

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    2. Lemme know if this helps:

      http://scarletpensieve.blogspot.com/2014/12/metaphysics-of-god.html

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