In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.
The heart contains seven treasures, each of them in a separate, secure
chamber. The first is the Treasure of Remembrance of Allah. The second
is the treasure of Shawq (1) - the intense
longing and desire for Allah. The third is the Passionate Love of Allah
('Ishq) (2). The fourth is the Secret
- that is one of the Realms of the Unseen of the Realms of Allah; it
is beyond description and higher than knowing in the standard manner
of knowing. The fifth is the Spirit. The sixth is the Treasures of Gnosis
(ma'arifa) (3), and the seventh is the
Treasure of spiritual poverty (faqr) (4)
To shed more light on these seven treasures of the heart, we could
say that when the first one, the Treasure of Remembrance - is opened
in the heart of the Slave of Allah, he enters a state of separation
and seclusion (5) in his physical existence.
He is no longer affected by the material world, nor does it have a hold
on him.. The name given to such travelers is 'absentee' - he is in a
state of astonishment from the manifested Celestial Realms and the state
of tranquility of the heart in the Remembrance of Allah.
The Second Treasure
The Treasure of Shawq - intense desire for the Beloved Allah means that
the Slave is constantly in a state of intense desire and longing towards
Allah. He will seek annihilation with every breath because of the intensity
of the heat of the longing that has been ignited within him.
The Third Treasure
The Treasure of Love. When it is opened within the heart, the condition
of the Slave is that he is in a total state of acceptance towards Allah.
He loves His orders with intense enjoyment with selflessness and they
have a sweet taste for him. He will prefer this state of acceptance
above all others. Even if he were to have, in that moment of time, the
greatest calamity and difficulty - it would be more beloved to him than
anything else. He would not desire to be anywhere other than that particular
The Fourth Treasure
The Treasure of the Secrets from the Realms of the Unseen of the Beloved
Allah. Its nature cannot be known and cannot be reached. Its complexity
is that the Slave, in all of his states of consciousness; will not move
except by Allah and will not be at rest except in Allah. He will not
transgress or oppose the Divine Law in any way because of his complete
state of purity.
Intense longing and yearning for the Beloved.
The Fifth Treasure
The Treasure of the Spirit, is that the Slave will encounter the Reality
of unveiling (6)
and all of its Secrets
on a sensory level. Nothing will be hidden from him of its Unity or
its multiplicity. It is a state of ecstasy, a state of soberness and
a state of total obliteration.
The Sixth Treasure
The Treasure of Gnosis is the empowerment of the Slave from the point
of action between the Realities of Lordship and that which is being
worshipped. It is the knowledge of its Realities in totality - its laws,
its requirements and its functions. This is the state and the presence
of abiding, sobriety and total awareness. This is one of the higher
states of spiritual consciousness and is the state of 'Wherever you
turn, there is the face of Allah'.
The Seventh Treasure
This is the Treasure of spiritual poverty (faqr). When it is achieved
and it opens itself to the Slave, he will witness his total need and
reliance on Allah Almighty, and that he needs Allah in every breath
he takes. Nothing can disturb the equilibrium of this state because
of the empowerment of the continuous descent of open communication,
and by the knowledge of everything that could disturb the state of need
of Allah. Anyone who becomes rooted in the station of this particular
treasure becomes the richest of all who are rich by Allah in everything.
The one who is in such a state or station does not worry the least bit
whether all of the creations love him or hate him, flock towards him
or they run away from him. Because of his state of complete richness
by Allah Most High. Whoever becomes the embodiment of such a station
within this treasure will be safe from being stripped of what has been
reached in the Presence of the Creative Truth, Most Holy (Al Haqq).
This is the station of the Holy Prophet Muhammad
and he said 'Poverty is my honour'.
The advice that the Beloved Prophet
(the Seal of all the Prophets and Messengers of Allah to the worlds)
gave to humanity is to be in or to enter a state of happiness, a state
of bliss, and a state of peace, because he is concerned for our success
in this realm and in the next. "Now hath come unto you a Messenger
from amongst yourselves: it grieves him that ye should perish: ardently
anxious is he over you: to the Believers is he most kind and merciful".
(At Tauba 9:128)
The Messenger of Allah observed: You shall not enter paradise until you believe and
you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I direct you
to a thing which, if you do it, it will foster love amongst you? Give
currency to 'Assalamu alaikum'. (Sahih Muslim Book 1 Hadith 96).
The spreading of peace amongst one another is much more than the outward
greeting of 'Peace be upon you'. This is just the beginning. When you
truly are at peace within yourself, then you will be spreading that
peace to others. This is spreading peace outwardly from within you -
for no one will love you except the one that you have given peace to
in every one of your states. The person you greet will see that you
do not harbour anything in your heart towards him, that both your existence
and his are by Divine cause, and that there is no self importance attached
to your offering of peace. So, if you cannot see that God exists within
that human being that you are giving peace to, then you should not expect
or desire him to love you.
The reality of the existence of the Real (Al Haqq) is that it loves
nothing other than itself. To achieve the peace that is mentioned by
the Holy Prophet,
then the following needs to be known to us in every level of our existence,
development and manner of thinking:
1. That Allah is the First before anything. That He has no beginning
- that is to say that His existence has no opening or key. He is the
First of first-ness without openness to Him and at the same time, He
is the Last and there is no end to His existence.
2. To love the Supreme Being and to know that He touches everything
- especially human beings.
To spread peace is not just saying the words 'Assalamu alaikum' (Peace
be upon you). A little bit of effort and elbow grease is required in
order to cultivate all of the positive qualities that make us a human
being, not just a human.
It is difficult for ordinary people to understand what hardship really
is and the 7th state of consciousness that the Holy Prophet
embodied - the total reliance on Allah and need of Him. We have
been indifferent to those events and our knowledge is poor in this regard.
To give an example of the behaviour of the Beloved of Allah, the Holy
when he was in such hardship, the following story is related:
For nine years, since Allah gave the permission to convey the final
message to humanity openly, The Holy Prophet
had been delivering the message to the people in Mecca and making an
all out effort to guide and reform his community. With the exception
of a few people who had embraced the message, and those who helped him
while not accepting Islam themselves, the people of Mecca left no stone
unturned in prosecuting and deriding him and his followers. His uncle,
Abu Talib, was one of those good people who helped him even though he
did not enter the fold of Islam.
The Holy Prophet
went to the city of Ta'if, directly south of Medina, to ask for their
assistance. Upon reaching Ta'if, he went to visit each of the three
chieftains. In turn, he placed before each of them the message of Allah
and invited them to Islam. Instead of accepting his message, they refused
to listen to him or grant him hospitality of any kind. Each of them
treated him most rudely and made it clear that they did not want him
there. The Holy Prophet
had expected civil, even cordial respect from them, as they were the
heads of the clans.
One of them went so far as to sneer at him "If Allah has made
you a Prophet, I will tear down the hangings of the Ka'aba", and
the other exclaimed 'Could Allah find none other than you to make His
Prophet?'. The third one jibed at him 'I do not want to talk to you,
for if you are in fact a Prophet, then to oppose you is to invite trouble
and if you are only pretending, then why should I speak with you?'
Our beloved Prophet,
who was a rock of steadfastness and perseverance, did not lose heart
over this rebuff from the chieftains and tried to approach the common
people, but no one would listen to him. Instead they threw him out of
the town and told him to go somewhere else. The Holy Prophet
decided to leave the town, but they would not let him depart
in peace and set the children of the town after him. They hissed, hooted
and stoned him. He was hit so hard with rocks that his body ran with
blood and his shoes were filled with blood. He left the town in this
When he was a distance from the town, and safe from their mischief,
he stopped and supplicated to his Beloved Allah, and said "Oh,
my Allah, to Thee I complain of my weakness, of my lack of resources
and my unimportance in the eyes of people, Oh Most Merciful of all those
capable of showing Mercy. Thou art the Lord of the weak and thou art
my own Lord. To whom art Thou to entrust me? To an unsympathetic foe
who would sullenly frown at me or to an enemy to whom you have given
control over my affairs? Not in the least do I care for anything except
that I may have Your protection. I seek shelter in the light of Thy
Countenance, the light which illuminates the heavens and dispels all
darkness and which controls all affairs in this world as well as in
the hereafter. May it never be that I should incur Your wrath or that
You should be displeased with me. I must remove the cause of Your displeasure
until You are pleased with me. And there is no strength or power but
All of the heavens were moved by the prayer and the supplication of
the Holy Prophet.
The Archangel Gabriel then appeared before him, greeting him with 'Assalamu
alaikum' (Peace be upon you), and said "Allah knows all that has
passed between you and these people. He has given me the authority to
put the angel in charge of the mountains at your command. The angel
of the mountains appeared before them, greeted the Holy Prophet
with 'Assalamu alaikum' said "Oh, Prophet of Allah, I am at your
service. If you wish, I will cause the mountains overlooking this town
to collide so that all the people therein will be crushed to death,
or you may suggest any other punishment for them".
The Merciful , Noble and Loving Prophet of the last message to humanity
from Allah, said "Even if these people do not accept the message
of peace, I do hope from Allah, that there will be people from among
their progeny who will worship and believe in Allah and the message
that I brought and serve His Divine purpose".
My dear traveler, behold the conduct of the Universal Man, our beloved
we profess to follow. Look at the situation of the Holy Prophet.
Even after so much suffering at the hands of the people of Ta'if, he
neither curses them nor affects any revenge upon them, even though he
had the full right and opportunity to do so.
Yet, in spite of his example, we get irritated so much over a little
bit of trouble or abuse from someone that we keep on torturing them
and taking revenge on them throughout our lives in every possible manner.
If we examine our own actions in everyday life, we could see that the
smallest things can ruin our day. Something so trivial as losing the
car keys or the mobile phone, or someone who pushes his trolley in front
of you in the supermarket queue and you are ready to send fire and brimstone
on all of mankind. The whole weekend turns into a nightmare and we moan
and complain about how rude people are. We are indeed in a very precarious
state of existence. There is no tolerance, no consideration and don't
even mention forgiveness. Everybody lives in the realm of me, me, and
We are explaining here the 7th state which touches on the person of
the Holy Prophet.
Before we are able to enter even the first one, we must tie up the loose
ends of our lives, discipline ourselves and prepare ourselves for the
wonderful and blessed spiritual states of consciousness and make our
lives more peaceful, more knowing, and more loving, because Love is
the First Cause and the cause of our existence in every realm. That
is why people, even in their hate and their rage say - "I'd love
to get my hands on so and so".
The best way to start is with one's own self, to get all of that aggressive
energy within you neutralized. Use it as fertilizer to nourish the roses
within your heart. The middle way, the Way of Muhammad, the Chosen One,
that is the way. It contains everything that we need to transform ourselves
from what we are into what Allah loves for us to be. With all the unpleasant
activity going around on planet earth and people on the edge of total
madness - if the Archangel Gabriel and the Angel of the mountains were
to come to us in a moment of anger to fulfil our request; one wonders
what we would be capable of. I don't think that we would be as
forgiving as the Holy Prophet,
the one who was sent as a mercy to all of creations.
At the end of the cycle, the taking of life will increase and both
the one who is doing the killing and the one who gets killed will not
know why. We pray and we supplicate to our Beloved Allah to change the
condition of humanity and to remove the dark cloud which hangs over
them and prevents them from seeing the Divine Sun.
As Allah has said in the Holy Qur'an, "And say: "Truth has
(now) arrived, and falsehood perished: for falsehood is (by its nature)
bound to perish." (Al Isra 17:81).
Wa ma tawfiq illa billah. And there is no success except with Allah.
Murshid F. A. Ali ElSenossi
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