Thursday, November 1, 2007
READ AND ASCEND!!!
Scholars of insight define “recitation” as “existential absorption”. In a prophetic tradition we are told that ‘On the Judgment Day” (which in actuality is the higher reality of this very low realm of existence) the reciter of the Holy Qur’an would be told, “Iqra’ warqa” (Read and ascend) denoting the process of how reading is a force of absorption. In simple words, “to read a verse of the Qur’an” is to “absorb” the verse, and thereby ascend. There are many traditions mentioned about the merits of reading different chapters of the Qur’an. One of the principal keys that can open the locks of ambiguity of how “mere recitation” can bring about unimaginable benefits, is this very radiant tradition: “Read and ascend!” Otherwise constant recitation without spiritual absorption, realization and practicalization, would render us far from the main purpose of the Qur’an.
Posted by Muhammad Khalfan (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 8:03 AM