Petoskey Stones from Michigan, Ancient Corals that Transcend My Understanding
I was wondering about some things and came across this:
In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.
A Hadith of Rasul (SAW) says that,
“Whosoever knows himself knows his Lord.”
“man 'arafa nafsahu faqad 'arafa Rabbahu”
This particular Hadith is highly focused, qualified for achieving and realizing closeness to Allah (S). What is meant by the idea of “knowing oneself” to achieve a close relationship with our Creator? What are the various entities of ourselves and the requirements of knowing oneself?
On examination of the Hadith, it communicates the design, way or method of knowing oneself through the understanding of knowing Allah.
Allah makes it clear in Surah 50 Al Qaf, Verse 16 that:
“It was We Who created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him: for We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.”
This verse illustrates and beautifully explains the position of our relationship and the closeness to our Creator which must be realized for our guidance and transformation.
To be closer then the “jugular vein” relates to the core and the nature of ourselves. Let us examine the entities within ourselves to achieve and discover this close proximity to our Creator, the Lord of the heavens and the earth.
Very interesting... although I would have to say that the English translation leaves a bit to be desired, for I would look closely at the word "faqad" and think to translate as:
"Whoever knows himself has thoroughly known and learned to continue to know his Lord."
You have no... idea.... how this makes me want to dance...
like some Sufi nerd...