The Big Bang – Gatheredness

The Big Bang - Gatheredness
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

This talk was given at the Johannesburg Sufi Centre in 2014.

This is the closing session in the extended Qur'an commentary Series. In an intimate gathering, Shaykh Fadhlalla expounds upon the meanings of a select compilation of phrases related to transformation, submission and the light of Qur'an. A pivotal theme throughout the series is the appropriate courtesy, intention and orientation in engaging with the Qur'an. This topic is further brought into focus and is the central theme in the final session.

To truly come to an understanding of origin we need to get out of limited consciousness.

The universe emerged from a mysterious point of singularity giving birth to multiplicities and dualities.

The Qur'an reflects this cosmological design: it is a gathering of knowledge, patterns and similitudes reflecting the nature of reality and eternal life.

In approaching it, the reader must be aware of approaching the Universal Reality.

Shaykh Fadhlalla broadly relays various essential keys that are fundamental to the path of transformation, beginning with the need to perfect the art of emptying out (taghliya) as this is a necessary precondition for approaching knowledge of reality and moving into resonance with Higher consciousness.

He provides various prescriptive and descriptive aids for practicing the art of transcendence and transformation, including trust (iman), reliance (tawakul) and how these relate to being fully present; further discussing the relationship between honesty, poverty and need.

The key to entering the higher zone is negation. It is leaving behind that which is not conducive, approaching the Qur'an and the divine presence bereft of any assumptions and presumptions.

"The door is through passion and willingness to dissolve into that passion."

This world is an intermediary stage. We are here to complete the realization that one part of us is ever changing while the other is changeless and timeless.

Shaykh Fadhlalla concludes this series by sharing some additional comments on the needs of our time and how best to apply the transformative dynamics amidst the particular challenges of modern culture.