Hajj Mustafa Ali
are travelers in this life, we have come on this journey from before
endless timelessness and we are going on to the here-after endless
timelessness. In between
there is a realm of experience designed and created to impress on
the traveler the path and meaning of his or her existence.
Everyone's story reflects the one and only story that has in
it the message and purpose of this vast creation.
Each one of us is a microcosm in perfect reflection of the
macrocosm. We are each
one of us the center of the universe.
It is in our proclamation of I
that we articulate the key to its meaning and at the same
time its darkest veil.
reality, Allah, says on the blessed tongue of the Prophet Muhammad
S.A.A.W., in a hadith Quddsi, in so many words that I
was a treasure unknown. I
wanted to be known so I manifested the creation to be known.
We have come here for one purpose only, that is for knowledge.
The highest knowledge is that of the self, its meaning and
the very beginning of human experience there has existed two
distinct systems, one opposite to the other.
The first being that of guidance through mercy and the other
one of ignorance and covering up.
It is these two dynamics systems that shape, evolve and
eventually dictate the final outcome of human experience both on the
gross and subtle levels, individually experienced and experienced by
humanity as a whole.
is our destiny. It has been
written for us before we came into this world.
It is waiting in front of us at any given moment.
The whole of Allahs creation is beaming out in every
direction wanting to fill our hearts with its message, our minds
with inspiration and useful knowledge and our limbs with right
actions. We are swimming in a
sea of mercy, asking only for our gratitude and submission.
Not for itself, but for you, so it can fulfill its promise on
you to bring you up to your highest potential as a human being.
We do not have to add it to our lives.
It can not be bought or acquired.
These are materialistic concepts quantitative in nature.
It has to be discovered, uncovered within us, through
reflection and reason. Our
blessed Imam Jaffar As-Sasdiq Said A.S.
Consider the nature of the apes, its
resemblance with man in most of its physical features, that is, the
head, the face, the shoulders, the chest, the guts and so on.
Furthermore, in its cleverness and sagacity by means of which
it comprehends the gestures of its trainer, there is a lesson for
man about himself as he is made aware that he has a nature and
origin not unlike that of animals.
To be sure, with this close resemblance, had it not been for
Allahs grace in giving him the merit of reason and articulation
man would have remained a beast;
since the decisive distinction between the ape and the man is
the possession of reason, intellect and speech.
is in our animal nature that connects us with this world and it is
the grace of
reason, intellect and speech that by its nature separates us from
the animals and places in us a sense of otherness.
It is by this sense of otherness that drives us to seek
unification in our every action.
says in the Qur`an:
has not made two hearts within the breast of man.
the illusion of east and west, north and south, black and white,
rich or poor melts under the shattering reality that those on both
sides of the hemisphere we call earth, hold within their very finger
tips the fate of the world. As
a race we are no longer talking about regional conflicts, but total
world destruction. Past
is the time where a journey from one end of the world to the other
was a life long ambition. Today
it is only a matter of picking up the phone and being there the next
day and in some cases in a matter of hours.
Each area of our lives has speeded up to match each rising
desire. Fast food,
instant communications, faster travel.
Instant gratification has become the name of the game.
Faster the better. We
have taken this code of life to every aspect of our lives.
We no longer have time to reflect on the nature of ourselves,
we have become too busy avoiding those moments of constriction when
the object of desire is distant and patience is the needed remedy.
So when mental discomfort arises in us or our emotions emerge
and disturb us we shove them down with a pill, tranquilizer or
stimulant whatever works for us to not experience our own desperation
and fears. We have come
down a road that by its nature perpetuates dissatisfaction and
discontent. There is no
end to desire. It is
the moving principal of this world.
says on the blessed tongue of the prophet Muhammad, That
the whole universe cannot contain me, but the heart of the mu'min
contains me. Here
in this most profound illustration the reality speaks to us about
the nature of our hearts and its immeasurable quality. It is the nature and purpose of the heart to be for Allah
only, empty of all else. If
you were for a moment to quantify it and imagine it as a vast
expense, whatever you put into it would vanish in its immensity.
Nothing could fulfill it.
time immemorial man travels through cycles of experience, spiraling
through time in an evolutionary movement to his final evolvement and
splendor as beings of knowledge and submission.
This is his heritage, nothing else will due.
is a mercy from God that He has designed into His creation and our
is through this dissatisfaction that the seeder begins to question
himself. Who am I?
Where am I going? Why
must it all end in my death. When
these questions are sincerely asked and reflected upon it acts as
the fire in an alchemists pot to fuse and transform what were once
diverse elements into the golden light of realization.
That we have come from an all merciful source and that we
will return to it. Along
the way through this journey we call life we relish and worship the
pristine harmony of plan and purpose.
Finding meaning in every atom of experience both outwardly
and inwardly. We become
intoxicated by the awesome design and surrender our limitedness to
the limitless and our sense of self to the one who is beyond
description. From here
on in on this path we forget only to remember we stumble only to
learn the road. We
become dissatisfied only to submit it to His wisdom and practice
gratitude and patience. We
love only to experience the pain of separation that drives us to
love a beloved who is never away from us.
We hate only to overcome our own expectations and hate those
things that stand in the way of seeing His hand in every action and
state. We eat to fill
the hunger in our stomachs only to go on being brought out of
ignorance and into the light of remembrance.
We remember Him only to justify the existence of our bodies'
purpose to be instruments of His divine decree.
the following pages you will journey through the experiences of
those who have had the courage to ask themselves these most profound
questions we had mentioned earlier on.
You will witness the hand of guidance in each event and see
them woven together in purpose and meaning.
is my intention in writing this book to heart-fully communicate to
those of like heart and mind, that God in all His mercy does not
waste anything that all of our experience in life is like fertile
ground in which the seeds of wisdom can be grown.
All of us who have come from the four corners of the world,
each through our own varied backgrounds have verified and shared the
wonderful recognition of the unity of purpose in the seeming diverse
experiences of our lives. So
when our new brother Muslim from America meets the new Muslim from
South Africa, a Zulu warrior, they need not speak the same language
or have gone to the same school.
The hearts recognize each other and through the greeting
common to all Muslims, As Salam Aliekum
(peace be upon you) they connect to a chain of living transmission
that dates back to the emergence of the first human being able to recognize
his eternal source from which he came.
the rain falls from the sky upon the mountain tops every drop turns
into a trickle then into a creek, into a river traveling through
diverse areas of this world they all find their way back to the
source from which they came.
Note: "Open Invitation"
is an ongoing project. We
invite anyone who has had similar experiences to share them with us.
Our intention is to communicate and network with other like
hearted people from all parts of the world.
As our communication grows so will our ability to reach
others grows and our Iman will expand and touch others who are
seeking guidance and conformation of their experiences.
As we receive your stories, we will update this publication
adding them to it.
you have any questions please feel free to
me. I will answer
any letter concerning this project or anything to do with furthering
communication, networking and educating each other about this most
look forward to hearing from you!