Taking on the Color of Allah — How to Live Life in Balance
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri
Begins with recitation of Surah Al Buruj
A talk given at the conclusion of a gathering.
We experience existence as a pattern unfolding in time. The Decree does not change, this is the meaning of 'the preserved tablet' in the ayat.
Destiny, both personal and social, does change. If you have presence, and are not stuck in the past or the future, you will have what knowledge you need when you need it, in order to respond appropriately.
He discusses attributes which can be attributed to Allah and those preserved for humans.
If we recognize and acknowledge our weakness, Allah will cover it (ghufran) with his Knowledge and Mercy.
This is how we take on the 'colors of Allah'.
Mistakes are inevitable, so we must constantly turn to Allah, ask for forgiveness, be real and humble and glorify Allah when help arrives.
He warns, against arrogance, saying, "the higher you go, the bigger the fall," telling the story of Shibly and Imam Junaid.
He relates a history from the Shah of Iran and principle of 'mustaghni'. By recognizing his poverty before Allah, releasing everything, transcending the mind, a real faqir, has everything, and needs nothing. Invitation is to transcend the mind until you reach the transcendent 'Ruh and Rayhan' and experience ease.
For this process you need good company, reflection, continuous detoxing and refining of character traits: 'Nafs and Waham'.
He discusses plans for establishing opportunities for Westerners to serve in our original home in Africa and elsewhere fisabil illah (for the sake of God Alone) in order to learn the art of abandonment; wearing the two sandals of 'Khawf and Raja': caution and high expectation of Allah.
He quotes instruction from to Hazarat Imam `Ali (a.s.) to work for the world as if you will live forever and for the next world as if you will die tomorrow.
Still, we must work in the world with right intention and priority.
He discusses plans for international gatherings and establishing a network of submitted committed Lovers of Allah.
He describes Mecca, Medina, Arafat as metaphorical necessary conditions of the path.
There is a final warning against 'Spiritual Anorexia', and instruction for truly being recharged through Salat, by 'giving up' and consistently practicing 'plugging in' properly, becoming a 'walking mosque' entering into 'Spiritual Ease' wherever you are.
KEY TERMS: Lawhin Mahfoothin; Preserved Tablet; Surah Buruj; Colors of Allah; Colours of Allah; Divine Attributes; Shibly; Junaid; Mustaghni; Raza Shah; Faqir; Ruh; Rayhan; Africa; Mecca; Medina; Arafat; Spiritual Anorexia; Salat; Spiritual Ease; Ghufran