Heightened Senses

Hello. I'm Imraan. This is the only thing I own outright; I write from time to time, in the hopes that free-association might save a trip to a sanatorium.

Month: August, 2019

Barzakh: the living realm of the dead

From, “A Mercy Case” and an excellent summary.

A Mercy Case

An important Islamic belief is believing in the Barzakh, the realm where everyone who has ever died is currently existing.

It is mentioned in the Qur’an:

When death comes to one of them, he says, ‘My Lord! Take me back, that I may act righteously in what I have left behind.’ ‘By no means! These are mere words that he says.’ And ahead of them is a barrier (barzakh) until the day they will be resurrected.

Commenting on the Barzakh in his book entitled Sabīl al-Iddikār, a widely respected Sunni scholar Shaykh Abdullah al-Haddad رحمة الله عليه remarks:

The Intermediate Realm is the abode which lies between the world and the life-to-come. It has more affinity with the latter, and is in fact a part of it. It is a place where spirits and spiritual things are predominant, which physical bodies are secondary but share with the spirits in their…

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Be God’s Alone

Know (and may God be merciful to you) that the destitute, when he exchanges the remembrance of all things for the remembrance of God, purifies his servitude, and whoever serves God in a pure and unmixed way is holy…So remember only God; be God’s alone; for if you are God’s, God will be yours and blessed is he who belongs to God so that God is His…

(Letters of the Sufi Master: The Shaykh al-Darqāwī, Trans. Titus Burckhardt; with minor modifications [Fons Vitae; Louisville, KY])

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