The Language of the Future
by Murshid F.A. Ali ElSenossi
(Ta'wil) means 'to take back to the origin' and to discover and explain. Interpretation is beneficial when it does not contradict the basic teachings of Islam or weaken the faith of the believers. However, through a lack of Consciousness of Allah and also a deficiency in practising their religion, some rational thinkers often employ the ta'wil of The Qur'an in an attempt to display the supremacy of reason over faith. But ultimately reason is a fetter which keeps man back from his Unknowable Source. Through the Grace of Allah the People of Unveiling and Finding are given True Knowledge and insight into the Qur'an. They are the endless travellers, those who left their reason behind at The Lote Tree of the Uttermost Boundary.
(Ma'rifa) is a light which Allah casts into the heart of whomsoever He Wills. This is the true knowledge which comes through unveiling, witnessing and tasting. This knowledge is from Allah, it is not Allah Himself, because He Is Unknowable in His Essence. The triad on the Sufi Path of Return is comprised of Fear, Knowledge and Love. Fear leads to Knowledge which leads to Unconditional Love of Allah. It is said that spiritual struggle is child's play while ma'rifa is men's work.
('Aql). The intellect or the faculty of reason. The word 'aql derives from 'iqal which means fetter. The intellect fetters man and it also puts its hooks into him, preventing him from making the final stages of the ascent. On the ascension to Allah (mi'raj) there is a point which is indicated by the term 'The Lote tree of the Uttermost Boundary'. It marks the 'place' where reason (the fetter) must be left behind. From this point onwards the traveller journeys with passionate love, yearning and bewilderment. On the Ascension of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) it was at the Lote tree of the Uttermost Boundary that his companion, the Archangel Gabriel (Peace be upon him) stopped through fear of being annihilated. This station of fear is the highest point to which the intellect can attain.
(Al 'Arifin/'Urufa). They see and recognize Allah wherever they look. The knowers are bewildered. But this is not the bewilderment of being lost, rather it is the bewilderment of having found Allah. They know that He cannot be known. The knowers are nothing because they are everything.