by Murshid F. A. Ali ElSenossi

By the Name Of the Merciful


Why were all the worlds and the creation (that which we see and that which is hidden from us) created?

In the Holy Quran, Allah has said "(Oh Muhammad), Say: "If ye do love God, Follow me:God will love you and forgive you your sins: For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Holy Quran 3:31 Aly Imran).

In a Holy Saying (Hadith Qudsi), the Beloved Allah gives us the answer. Allah says "I was a Hidden Treasure and I loved to be known so I created the creations and through Me they knew Me" (Faby 'arafouni).

The cause of our existence and the existence of all creations is Pure, Divine Love. To rediscover this Love we have to look closely and investigate deeply. If we contribute towards bringing this Divine Love to realisation, no matter how insignificant our effort may seem, it could be the one that tips the scale - for it is not quantity but rather the quality of the action which counts. We truly believe that if we start on a sound foundation, based on Divine Guidance and teaching, our chances of success will increase a million fold.

The Holy Prophet of Allah has said to his companions, "How I long for my brothers who have not come yet. They said: Are we not your Brothers, O Messenger of Allah? He replied: No, you are my Companions . . . how I long for my brothers who have not come yet. They said: Are we not your Brothers, O Messenger of Allah? He replied: No, you are my companions. How I long for my brothers who have not come yet! They asked: Who are your brothers? He replied: A people who come at the end of the cycle, of whom the spiritually active one shall have seventy times as much (spiritual awareness, knowledge and ma'arifa) as you have. They asked: Seventy times as much as we have or they have? He replied: As you have. They asked: Why? He replied: Because you find assisstance in doing good, and they find no assistance." (The Grace that the Beloved Allah will shower upon those who consciously and spiritually struggle).

And we are living in this cycle.

There is no compulsion in religion; guidance and error have been clearly distinguished; he who rejects false deities and believes in Allah has a hold on a secure handle which shall never break, and Allah is All-Hearing, All Knowing Holy Qur'an [2:256]

And he who submits himself to Allah, intelligently and knowingly, has grasped the secure handle and to Allah everything shall return Holy Qur'an [31:22]

Say: We believe in Allah, and that which has been bestowed from on High upon us, and that which has been bestowed upon Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and their descendants, and that which has been vouchsafed unto Moses and Jesus (Isa), and that which has been vouchsafed to all the other Prophets by their Sustainer: we make no distinction between any of them. And it is unto Him that we surrender ourselves. Holy Qur'an [2:136]

"Take off then thy shoes." Holy Qur'an [20:12] (Discard your misconceived ideas and pre-conceived ideas)

And the Supreme Being, the Beloved Allah told His Beloved in the Last Revelation to the creations, the Holy Qur'an: "Say O' Muhammad, 'O' Mankind, verily I am Messenger of Allah to all of you, sent by Him unto Whom the dominions over the heavens and the earth belongs.
There is no deity save Him. He alone grants life and death. Believe, then, in Allah and His Messenger, the Unlettered Prophet who believes in Allah and His Words, and follow him, so that you may find Guidance."
Holy Qur'an [7:158]

Our visiting friend, greetings of peace to you and to us.

You have come upon the Almiraj Sufi and Islamic Study Centre, which is by sheer Divine Luck, or by destiny. If you wish to continue, read on.

We are giving the glad tidings to humanity by saying that the pinnacle of Divine Teaching and Message to all creations is complete. The cycle has reached its end and the experience and the transformation which humanity in particular has experienced through the duration of 124,000 Prophets and Messengers of the Beloved Allah, from Adam, the first Prototype, Human Being, and Prophet of Allah, to the Illustrious and Luminous and the Last Prophet and Messenger of the Supreme Being, the Universal Man, the Chosen One, the Merciful, the Kind, the Lover and the Beloved of Allah, Ahmad Muhammad al- Mustafa, may the Salutations and Peace be upon him every time he is mentioned by those who love him consciously, and every time he is not mentioned by those who do not mention him deliberately.

The Supreme Being said in regard to this luminous gift:
"I have not sent thee except as a mercy to all the worlds." Holy Qur'an [21:107]

And the Holy Prophet said: "I am a gift of Mercy."

If you explore this gift of mercy and look to the beautiful heart teaching with open eyes, you will find this wonderful love and fresh teaching has barely opened itself and the Beloved Allah is still continuous in showering and manifesting His Divine Love and Illuminations on all creations. The Final Message of Allah, the Holy Qur'an, in its descent is complete and final, but infinite in the unfolding. This is because the essence of this Message is within the Essence Itself, and its beauty is never-ending. The Beloved Allah has told us, "Allah is Beautiful and He loves Beauty."

What we are saying is this,

It is the responsibility of every one of us, man and woman to take stock of ourselves, not to counterfeit ourselves and sell ourselves short in this age of technology and accessibility to Pure Divine Love and Knowledge.

Do not blame your parents, or your personality, or society, or your geographical location in the world or your so-called karma, or anybody else for what you are.

The Beloved and Merciful Allah gave every man and woman the opportunity to undo what has been done and unshackle the chains through genuine exercise of determination. Through this teaching, you will be able to have access to and unveil the realities of all and to know your purpose in life.

So, determined will is what the Beloved and Merciful Allah has placed within you. When you tune your will to the Will of the Beloved Allah, you will experience the wonderful illuminations of Unity of Time, Unity of Place, and Unity of Essence.

In a nutshell, you learn the art of surrendering your will to the Beloved Allah.

In a Holy saying Allah says, "Heaven and earth contain Me not, but the heart of my faithful slave contains Me." To be a slave to the Supreme Being and to work towards this aim is much better than to be slave to everything else; that is our self-love, material enslavement, and all other forms, psychological or physical enslavement that we are directly or indirectly conscious of. To be a slave of One is better than to be a slave of many and this is where our Freedom lies. Then we will understand when Allah said, " I am with the person who remembers Me."

We are in the end of the Cycle, but not the end of time! Now is the time for every human to make the effort towards becoming a fully conscious Human Being. Our time has arrived and the New Dawn has arisen. Decision making is a duty and the responsibility of your own self, before your Creator and before the creations, large and small, is to think, and what you think you should say, and what you say you should do and what you do should bring success, love, harmony, knowledge, illuminations, gentleness, kindness, humbleness, generosity and a well-adjusted self and a balance to yourself and to all creations. This is called the Real Islam, or you could say the Total Surrender, Tasawwuf, the complete art of purification and transformation.

So now it is time to decide, my dear brothers and sisters in humanity, about your purpose in this life. Are you going to be the problem or the solution to the modernisation and heedlessness that has lead to this world crisis? Are you going to strive towards the success of civilised, not just modernised, humanity?

One should investigate, without prejudice or preconceived ideas and with the greatest respect to the methodology and teaching and the Complete Message of the Way of the Greatest Master of all ages and of all times, the Holy Prophet Muhammad Rasulullah, the Luminous One, the Universal Man and the Beloved of the Beloved, may the endless Salutations and Blessings be upon him as long as there is a grain of sand on earth and orbiting stars in the heaven. Ahmad, he is the Key to the Mystery of all, in its inwardness, and in the inward of the inwardness.

The Beloved Allah has told us in His Holy Words in the Blessed Qur'an:
"And always does He give you all of what you ask of Him and should you try to count Allah's blessings, you could never compute them." [14:34]

And the Beloved of Allah, the Holy Prophet Muhammad has said:
"The best which I have brought and all the Prophets before me is "La ilaha il Allah." (There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the Seal of the Prophets and the Messengers of Allah).

La ilaha IL Allah Muhammad ar-Rasulullah
This is the Key to reach the
Ultimate Aim.
With Unity of Self
Unity of Time, Unity of Place
And Unity of Essence.

To understand this Unity, we have to dive into the Core of the Heart teaching of Islam, which is known throughout the globe from the earlier times of Islam, as Tasawwuf, or Sufism.

It wasn't always the case that the exoteric and the esoteric were taught separately; both were taught by the Holy Prophet to his companions.

Tasawwuf is an integral part of the Holy Prophet's teachings to all creations and this Method has the capability and the means to transform the twenty-first century of humanity to luminous Human Beings full of love and care for one another and for this wonderful planet that we live on. The Method is not difficult or complicated. It is finding the elusive self.

The Merciful Allah has told us that this transforming self has seven stages of consciousness and they are all mentioned in the Blessed Qur'an. Their precise names are detailed as well, but all we need is the knowledge because whoever is revived by knowledge will never die, that is, the Real Knowledge of Divine Love.

We are detailing the seven states to give an idea of what we are talking about and how one could find the source of the Sufi Teaching in the Holy Qur'an.


State of Belief: Islam (Outward Submission)

"The desert Arabs say "We believe" ['amana'] say: Ye believe not, but rather say, we submit [aslama] for the faith hath not yet entered your hearts." Holy Qur'an [49:14]

State of the Self: Nafs al-Ammara (The Animal Self/The Ego Self)

"The (human) soul is certainly prone to evil" Holy Qur'an [12:53]


State of Belief: Iman (Belief)

"Each one (of the men of faith) believeth in Allah and His angels, His books, and His Messengers." Holy Qur'an [2:285]

State of Self: Nafs al-Lawwama (The Complaining Self)

"And I do call to witness the self reproaching spirit: (eschew evil)" Holy Qur'an [75:2]


State of Belief: Ihsan (Perfection)

"Verily in the Messenger of Allah ye have a beautiful example…" Holy Qur'an [33:21]

State of Self: Nafs al-Mulhamma (The Inspired Self)

"By the soul and the proportion and order given to it;
and its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right."
Holy Qur'an [91:7-8]


State of Belief: 'Ilm al-Yaqin (Knowledge of Certainty)

"Nay, if you could understand with an understanding of certainty"
Holy Qur'an [102:5]

This knowledge comes from hearing about the Divine Love.

State of the Self: Nafs al-Mutma'inna (The Self at Peace)

"(To the righteous soul will be said): O' (thou) soul in (complete) rest and satisfaction."
Holy Qur'an [89:27]


State of Belief: 'Ayn al-Yaqin (The Eye of Certainty)

This knowledge comes from seeing the Light of Love with the Inner Eye (Basirah).
"Moses said to his household, verily, beyond all doubt, I have seen a fire. I will bring you
tidings of it (i.e.: 'ilm al-yaqin) or I will bring you a flaming brand
that ye may warm yourselves (i.e.: 'ayn al-yaqin)"
Holy Qur'an [27:7]

State of Self: Nafs al-Radhiyya (The Well-Pleased Self)

"Come back thou to thy Lord - well pleased (thyself)" Holy Qur'an [89:28]


State of Belief: Haqq al-Yaqin (The Truth of Certainty)

To be consumed by the Divine Love. To become one with Reality.
"When Moses came to the Fire, a Voice was heard, 'O' Moses, verily, I am thy Lord. Therefore put off they shoes, thou art in the Sacred Valley Tuwa." Holy Qur'an [20:11-12]

State of Self: Nafs al-Mardhiyya (The Well-Pleasing Self)

"And well-pleasing unto Him." Holy Qur'an [89:28]


State of Belief: The Pinnacle of Islam - Total Submission to Allah

Islam - the very essence of Islam is istislam which is going to meet the Divine Will in utter compliance.
"Behold, his Lord said to him (Ibrahim), "Surrender," he said,
'I have surrendered to the Lord of all Worlds."
Holy Qur'an [2:30]

State of Self: Nafs al-Kamila (The Perfect Self)

The Life of the Senses (Hayat ash-Sha'ur)
"Enter thou then, among My slaves." Holy Qur'an [89:29]

The Seven stages of journeying to Allah come under slightly different names, such as:

1. Journeying to Allah
2. Journeying for Allah
3. Journeying under the care of Allah
4. Journeying with Allah
5. Journeying within Allah
6. Journeying from Allah
7. Journeying by Allah

Islam and the Psychological/Spiritual Teaching of Islam has a beginning, but has no end to its unfolding. The Holy Prophet has demonstrated, by the Grace of the One Who is All-Seeing and All-Hearing, the spiritualization of all his self on the Night of Ascension (Isra wa-l Mi'raj). He traveled through time and space physically to show that the Human Being has the potential to do the same. It could be achieved if we are all for Allah, then Allah will be for us.

That is to die before you die, or as the Saints of Allah say, "O' friends, if you seek life, then die before you die."

The transformation of the ego is what it means, because the Beloved Allah wants us to live for His sake, not to die for His sake.

The Gift of Life is very precious and the chance we have through being alive in this moment in time is a great opportunity to say 'Bismillah' and take the first conscious step by helping to remove the unpleasantness which surrounds humanity and could trigger a chain reaction of annihilation. So say 'Bismillah' and let the Love of Allah penetrate all aspects of our life, so that we may be counted amongst those who made a difference.

May the Merciful Allah illuminate your hearts and ours and make us a source of bringing this Glad Tiding to reality.

And Allah speaks the Truth and He guides all to the Abode of Peace.


Wa ma taufiiq illa billah

Murshid F.A  Ali ElSenossi
Shawwal 1424 H /December 2003