Divine Vision (Deedar-e-Elahi)
Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani and Divine Vision
- Whoever saw the beloved of Allah, he in fact beheld Him and who saw Him esoterically, he found the blessing of Divine presence. Our Lord, Allah is omnipresent and can be seen.
The Prophet said:
Meaning: Soon you will behold Allah like you see sun and moon. (Al-Fath ar-Rabbani section 33)
Al-Ghazali Teachings about Divine Vision
Gnosis achieved at a level is greater than the gnosis achieved previously and it is the Divine vision and observation. As regards the perfection of unveiling, Divine vision is related with gnosis just as seeing is related with thought. Like closing eyelids is a veil for the eye but it does not stops thoughts and unless the veil of lid is not lifted the eye cannot see, similarly relation of man with his earthen body engrossed in the desires of the world is a veil for the Divine observation. It does not stops gnosis but unless it breaks, observation is not possible. Therefore, Allah Almighty said to Prophet Moses, ‘You cannot look upon Me’. (Kimiya-e-Sa’adat)
Sultan Bahoo said:
I am the scholar of knowledge of Divine vision and I behold His light everywhere. Except the knowledge it, I do not study any other knowledge. Neither I do nor I know any other kind of invocation or meditation as every knowledge is in fact for the sake of Divine vision (which I already have). Where there is this vision, neither there is time nor space, neither stations nor destinations, only the Divine Essence is present in an unparalleled and incomparable form. Moreover his gnosis and union is possible at the realm of Divinity in such a way that theophanies of light emit from the letters of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and in (the light of) those theophanies, the seeker finds the blessing of His vision.
FROM WHERE DIVINE VISION IS BLESSED
Sultan Haq Bahoo said:
- Only the disciple of the Sarwari Qadri order has the right guidance and accorded endurance for the Divine vision hence after manifold firm spiritual experiences he is blessed. On the other hand if a seeker of any other order claims it then he is boastful, a liar and veiled. (Nur-ul-Huda Kalan)
DENIER OF DIVINE VISION
Sultan Bahoo says:
Explanation: Denier of Divine vision is debarred from the umma of the Prophet and he is destined to abjectness. (Nur-ul-Huda Kalan)
Deniers quotes the incident of Prophet Moses. Two instances of it are in Quran. They clearly state about the blessing of Divine vision, rather they impart its valuable lesson to the seekers of Allah.
Prophet Moses was on a journey with his pregnant wife. During travel she felt pain and cold. Prophet Moses told her to wait, while he brought her fire. When he went in search of it he sighted light from far away. He went closer and closer. When he finally reached there he saw Divine light emitting from the jujube tree and its branches but it was not consumed by it. As Moses was in search of fire, therefore he had an image of fire in his mind, though the light was in fact theophany of Allah on that tree. He was amazed to see it.