Breakfast Talk Given on April 21, 2013 – Surah Al-`Alaq

Breakfast Talk Given on April 21, 2013 - Surah Al-`Alaq
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

In this distilled presentation, Shaykh Fadhlalla presents a powerful commentary on a one of the short meccan chapter of the Qur'an titled, Al-`Alaq – The Clot.

In a scintillating exposition, the entire cosmology representing the seamlessness between humanity and divinity and essential dynamics of human transformation are conveyed.

The Qur'an is the most mysterious, impossible declaration: a wave weaved into other waves, emerging still with all kinds of changes and movements.

The core condition of total humility and abandonment are the necessary prerequisites for approaching the Qur'an and entering the alchemy of transformation.

Speaking specifically of the linguistic roots beneath words and actions like reading, seeing, writing and salat which, done with the right intention and inner direction and volume of meaning are the means of experiencing the perfection of Oneness.

This talk emphasizes the foundation and core of the direct experience of truth and the transformative nature at the heart of the Qur'an.

Key excerpts:

"What does Iqra (read) really mean? Why do you want to read? Why do we want to learn, to understand? What is the root in Arabic? Qara - “He gathered it.” Put it all together, it’s tawhid. From that root of singularity, everything spread out. So, it is saying: get back to it, gather it back again into that singularity."

"It’s no use talking about it if it is not lived. It doesn't work!"

(16:09)