Sufi Light : The Secret of Meditation,
[A5] Paperback - 262 pages,
by Ahmad Javid al-Sarwari al-Qadiri, (M.D. F.A.AP),
For many people, to connect with their inner self and the divine source is an irresistible desire for their restless souls. Sufi Light will take you on a spiritual journey in the ocean of oneness into the presence of the divine.
Well acquainted with the world of differences, the author presents a manual for Sufi meditation that is laced with autobiographical accounts of his spiritual experiences. This volume offers not only a portrait of the development of a Sufi mind, but how that mind found refuge from the world of differences by meditation on the word of Allah.
These pages instruct how to take awareness to its source and how to better understand the Sufis among us.
Humans, of course are one of God’s creations. God created human beings solely as mirrors to reflect the splendors of His Divine beauty. Out of all God’s creation, it is only the human heart that can know, understand, and love Him. Sufism is a name for such love interaction between human and Divine.
Regarding such love, Abdul Rahman Jami, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated a story about a student who requested a dervish to guide him to God. Complying with his request, the dervish replied,
“Go away you careless soul, fall in love,
and once you have experienced the pain of love,
then come again and talk to us.”
Similarly, Hadrat Sultan Bahu
, may Allah be pleased with him,
beautifully explained the superiority of love over faith:
Everyone asks for firmness in faith, but few for firmness in love.
They ask for faith and are ashamed of love, such arrogant hearts.
Faith has no idea of the place where love can transport you.
I swear by my faith, Bahu, keep my love firm.
Similarly rhapsodizing about love, the great poet Rumi, may Allah be pleased with him
, has said,
If in thirst you drink from a cup, you see God in it.
Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it.
Thus the main object of this book is to highlight the importance of adoration: of recollection, concentration, and meditation on the beautiful Names of God, and especially on what Sufis see as His supreme personal Name, Allah. Such adoration serves as a means to achieve oneness and to come closer to the light of God.
The original idea of meditation on His personal Name, Allah, was first described by Hadrat Sultan Bahu, may Allah be pleased with him,
some four hundred years ago. He wrote extensively on this subject in almost one hundred and forty of his works, emphasizing the connection of the name and the named. A prolific writer in the Persian language, he discussed in great depth the Sufi way of meditation on the word Allah, which, in Sufism, is synonymous with the Essence of God and the root cause of all that exists.
The central theme of his spiritual teachings is meditation on that very personal Name of God, Allah, and only secondarily on the ninety-eight other attributive Names of God, on the formula of faith, on Qur'anic verses, and on the blessed name of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace
The Sufi meditates on that Name before all others, because when an alert heart concentrates on something with singleness of purpose, that thing is manifested sooner or later, and thoughts turn into reality. The personal Name for God, Allah, is thought by Sufis to be the most powerful word in the cosmos, because Sufis believe it to be God Himself. God does not have a body, a shape, a color, or a form. He is neither matter nor created. However,
'' He is the first and the last,About the Author
the visible and the invisible,
the manifest and the concealed,
and He is cognizant of everything”
: Dr. Ahmad Javid is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was born in Pakistan, a twelfth-generation Sufi, and raised in a traditional religious and spiritual household. He has experienced the reality of Sufism from an early age. He received his medical degree from Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan, in 1973. He is a diplomat in pediatrics from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, and the University College, Dublin, Ireland. He spent seventeen years in Iran, where he extensively studied Sufi literature and poetry. He came to the United States in 1993 and finished residency training in pediatrics from Columbia University, New York, where he served as a chief resident as well. He has been invested with khirqa
(cloak) of the Sarwari Qaderi order of Sufis.