The Kaaba is a mysterious cubic building in the
City of Macca ( ancient name Baca) in the Arabian Desert. The english word cube comes from the arabic word Kaaba. It is believed to
have been rebuilt by the biblical Patriarch Abraham and his son Ishmael.
Abraham located the site to be the first home for Adam and Eve after the fall.
He consecrated the structure as a house of worship for the One God. A
cornerstone of the building is a meteor from the Heavens, that was originally white in color but after absorbing the sins (negative energy) of men and women, turned black. The meteor or the black stone as it is called, continues to perform this energetic function, till this day.
This remarkable hotspot is a place for pilgrimage for millions of people every year, pilgrims dress in white togas and perfom a counter-clockwise circumambulation around the structure. The counter-clockwise movement is a sacred cleansing rotation that creates a powerful vortex of energy. This counter-clockwise movement defines the direction of the Earth orbiting the Sun and the Moon orbiting the Earth.
Another biblical figure, King Solomon honored the sacredness of this place as mentioned in the Songs of Solomon in the Bible:
5) Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 6) As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; even the autumn rain covers it with pools. 7) They go from strength to strength, until each appears before God ... - Psalm 84:6
O God, there are people who ask You to give them power over your creatures, and You give them that. But I, O God, beg You to turn Your creatures from me so that I may have no refuge except in You.
The next morning, when he greeted his teacher to be, he asked him of his state (kayf al-hal), to which Ibn Mashish responded, "I complain unto God about the coolness of contentment and submission (bard al-rida wa al-taslim) just as you complain unto Him about the heat of self-direction and choice (harr al-tadbir wa al-ikhtiyar)." When he saw the astonishment on his student's face at hearing his words, he added, "Because I fear that the sweetness of such an existence would make me neglectful of my duty towards Allah." Then Abu'l Hasan said, "This is the Pole of Islam. This is the Sea which overflows." He knew then that his master had taken hold of his whole heart, and he was thereby completely illumined.
Four fundamental themes ran through Abd as-Salam teaching to Abu'l Hasan, as perceived from his famous Hizb, called as-Salat al-Mashishiya:
Before his departure from Jabal al-Alam, Abd as-Salam foretold his student of his eventual move to Tunis where he will become known by the name of Shadhili and the eminent spiritual station he will eventually inherit from Abd as-Salam himself. Abu'l Hasan relates that in a dream, he saw his master standing near the Divine Throne. When he told him of this dream in the morning, Abd as-Salam replied, "O Ali, it was not me you saw, it was the station you will inherit from me."
O Ali, God is God, and men are men. When you are among the people, keep your tongue from mentioning the Sirr (secret) and your heart from imitating their ways. Be assiduous in the fulfilment of the mandatory practices of the religion and protect your bodily members from forbidden things. In you the role of sainthood will have reached fruition. Only admonish others to the degree that is obligatory upon you. And say, "O God, give me repose from their mention [of me] and from any obstacles arising from them. Deliver me from their evil. Let Your bounty suffice me from [having to seek] their bounty, and protect me among them by Your special grace. Verily, You have power over all things… O Ali, flee from men's benevolence more than you flee from their malevolence. Because their benevolence will afflict your heart, while their evil will only afflict your body, and it is better that the body be afflicted than the heart.
The parting words of advice and admonition that Abd as-Salam gave his disciple before he departed for Tunis emphasised the transformation of consciousness to inward and outward God-centeredness, contentment with God in all states, and the inner withdrawal from creation in prosperity and adversity. These seminal teachings of Abd as-Salam would, through Abu'l Hasan, become the fundamental precepts of the Shadhili Tariqa.
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