Prophets Yusuf and Yunus
Prophet Yusuf was a favorite son of a Prophet, abandoned in a dry well, sold to slavery and imprisoned in Egypt.
Prophet Yunus was cast in the pit of a large fish and endured ill health.
Neither Prophets railed against God. Both of them showed a serene acceptance of
God's will (Rida, a key Islamic virtue).
wished to behold God: " 'Reveal Yourself unto me so that I can see you'. (God
replied:) 'You Shall Not See Me, but look at that mountain, if you see it
standing, then shall you see Me". God revealed his Glory to the mountain.
The mountain was flattened and Moses fell in a swoon. ..." (Quran
God does not reveal himself in this crude manner. Contained in man is something
that is not of the earth (that points to heaven, our primordial home), by
cultivating that can man hope to see God (with the eye of the Heart)
For all his exalted position (his ascension and second coming him) his first
words on his (miraculous) birth were: "I am the slave of God ..."
The state of Abodieh (slave-hood, obedience) as contrasted to Satan's
disobedience is the most perfected of the states, and most pleasing to God. (Note:
Slavery and slave-hood in this context should not be confused with chattel
slavery (e.g.: Roman Empire, New World)
He is the seal of Prophets, after him there will be no Prophets. "...This
day have I perfected your religion for you completed my favor upon you and have
chosen for you Islam as your religion..." (Quran 5:3)"
The Message first conveyed by Prophet Adam
and affirmed by all succeeding Prophets after him was reaffirmed and re-conveyed
for the last time. The era of the Prophets has come to a close.
God has completed His favor on mankind. The Book (Quran) is a witness and source
of salvation for all of humanity till the end of time.
Present Day Ark
Today, humanity is in need of an Ark to
save us from the ravages of Modernity. The era of Modernity ushered in by the
writings of, for example, Gibbon and Edmund Burke has led to a loss of meaning.
With only the lower agitated possibilities of the human condition recognized,
Modernity has striven to find meaning. Karl Marx attributed alienation of the
soul to class differences in society; Sigmund Freud attributed it to the early
repression of the passional dimensions of the human condition. When these
remedies proved inadequate, meaning was sought in a sea of machines, skepticism
and then skepticism about skepticism and later by New Age spirituality (among
others). With higher states of the human condition explicitly excluded,
Modernity's quest to find meaning and purpose are bound to be frustrated.
Modernity is characterized by a lifestyle
that is centered on the self, and on the lower possibilities of the human
condition. The message we inhale almost from birth is to glorify the nafs
(clay-bound body) in one form or the other. To "discover oneself", to
"free oneself", and last but
Adamic restoration is possible even under the worst of conditions ...
not least to "be yourself"
emphasize a self-centric modality of behavior. Our patterns of consumption (for
instance: automobiles, clothing, being seen at the "right" places
etc.), it appears, define our identity. The result, not surprisingly, is a
society which enthusiastically pursues material happiness but which puzzles over
ever increasing rates of suicide, drug abuse, failed relationships, and aberrant
forms of self-mutilation. Unremarkably, it's a society in denial, pain.
"... Had you spent all that is upon the earth, you would not have
reconciled their hearts, but God has reconciled their hearts ..." [Quran
The Prophetic Message and The final Prophet's luminosity reshaped the pagan
Arabs from a crude materialistic populace to a unified nation - all this
in a span of twenty years. This shows that the Adamic restoration is possible
even under the worst of conditions, even in times such as ours. The proverbial
ark is with us. With the Quran, the example of the Prophet and thousands of
transformed souls to guide us, let us set foot in the Ark - before the
 Whereas God is under no compulsion to be merciful; mercifulness (i.e. to be
merciful) is a state that God has prescribed for Himself [" ...kataba alihi
rahama ..." Quran 6:12]
 Piety that generally require acts of the body to perform: Shadah (The Twin
Testimonial: No Diety save God and Mohammad
is the Messenger of God), Fasting, Zakat, Haj and Prayers
 jihad al nafs: The struggle to purify oneself from diseases of the heart
(lust for power, honor, and greatness, greed ...)
. Those that rely on intentions, Walk on the Path. Those that rely on love,
Fly on the Path.