The Language of the Future
by Murshid F.A. Ali ElSenossi
(Khuluq 'atheem). Tremendous or sublime character. Allah addresses the Holy Prophet Muhammad in The Qur'an, telling him that he has a Khuluq 'Adheem (68:4). His character was as the Qur'an and the Qur'an is the Tremendous Qur'an (15:87). On the side of creation this tremendousness of character becomes manifest through his generosity and gratitude, his piety and patience, his kindness and benevolence. On the side of Reality this tremendousness of character becomes manifest through his Perfection. The Holy Prophet said, "I am Ahmad without the 'M'", and he said, "Who has seen me has seen Allah". And Allah says in the Tremendous Qur'an "He who obeys the Messenger, obeys Allah" (4:80).
(Husn al Akhlaq). The beautiful character traits with which the Holy Prophet Muhammad was sent and of which he is the perfect embodiment. The assuming of these beautiful character traits is the alchemical work of the Islamic Spiritual Path. Under the direction of a qualified Master (Murshid, Shaykh, Pir) the disciple (murid/seeker) is given the means by which he can transform his base character traits into the beautiful and noble ones and, in so doing, fulfill his 'reason for being'.
(Uswa hasana). The Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustapha (May the Salutations of Allah be upon him and Peace) is the beautiful model. Through his perfect example man is given the means of drawing closer, and yet closer, to Allah. The degrees of such nearness depend upon the manner and attitude in which one follows the beautiful model. Those who love Allah and His Messenger more than anything, more than life itself, are the slaves who follow Muhammad al Mustapha in their outer lives and in their inner realities. To approach Allah, the slave must first meet the Holy Prophet Muhammad. This meeting is a Mystery. The Holy Prophet Muhammad, the beautiful model, becomes the slave's inner reality through the unveiling of the Reality of Muhammad. The hadith says, "Who has seen me has seen Allah".