If you wish to perceive a little bit concerning the talisman of the knowledge of the world and the riddle of man’s creation and the thriller of the truth of the prescribed prayers, then take into account this brief comparability
The Eleventh Phrase
Within the Title of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
By the solar and its wonderful splendour; * By the moon because it follows it; * By the
day because it reveals [the sun’s] glory; * By the evening because it conceals it; * By the
firmament and its fantastic construction; * By the earth and its large expanse; * By
the soul and the order and proportion given it. Qur’an, 91:1-7.
Brother! If you wish to perceive a little bit concerning the talisman of the knowledge of the
world and the riddle of man’s creation and the thriller of the truth of the prescribed
prayers, then take into account this brief comparability along with my very own soul.
One time there was a king. As wealth he had quite a few treasuries containing
diamonds and emeralds and jewels of each variety. Moreover these he had different, hidden,
wondrous treasuries. By the use of attainment he had consummate ability in unusual arts, and
encompassing information of innumerable wondrous sciences, and nice erudition in
limitless branches of abstruse studying. Now, like each possessor of magnificence and perfection
needs to see and show his personal magnificence and perfection, that wonderful king needed to open
up an exhibition and set out shows inside it to be able to make manifest and show in
the view of the individuals the majesty of his rule, his glittering wealth, the wonders of his artwork,
and the marvels of his information, and in order that he may behold his magnificence and perfection
in two respects:
The First Respect: in order that he himself may behold them together with his personal discerning eye.
The Different: in order that he may look by way of the view of others.
With this function in thoughts, the king began to assemble an unlimited and majestic palace.
He divided it into magnificent residences and dwellings, and embellished it with each kind
of jewel from his treasuries, and together with his personal hand so stuffed with artwork adorned it with the best
and most stunning works. He ordered it with the subtlest of the humanities of his knowledge, and
decked it out with the miraculous works of his information. Then after finishing it, he
arrange within the palace broad tables containing essentially the most scrumptious of each sort of meals
and each form of bounty. He specified an acceptable desk for every group. He set out
such a munificent and clever banquet that it was as if the boundless priceless
bounties he unfold out had come into existence by way of the works of 100 refined
arts. Then he invited his individuals and topics from all of the areas of his lands to feast and
behold the spectacle.
Later the king appointed a Supreme Commander (PBUH) as instructor, to make recognized
the needs of the palace and the meanings of its contents; to explain its Maker and its
contents to the individuals, make recognized the secrets and techniques of the palace’s gildings, train
what the humanities inside it have been pointing to, and to elucidate what the well-set jewels have been, and
the harmonious embroideries; and to elucidate to those that entered the palace the way in which in
which they indicated the perfections and humanities of the palace’s proprietor, and to tell them of
the proper conduct in beholding them, and to elucidate the official ceremonies because the king,
who didn’t seem, wished them to be. The instructor and teacher had an assistant in
every space of the palace, whereas he himself remained within the largest residence amongst his
college students, making the next announcement to all of the spectators.
He advised them:
“O individuals! By making this palace and displaying this stuff our lord, who’s the
king of the palace, needs to make himself recognized to you. You subsequently ought to acknowledge
Him and attempt to get to know Him. And with these adornments He needs to make Himself
liked by you. Additionally, He reveals His love for you thru these bounties that you simply see, so
it is best to love Him too by obeying Him. And thru these bounties and items which
are to be seen He reveals His compassion and kindness for you, so it is best to present your
respect for Him by providing thanks. And thru these works of His perfection He needs
to show His transcendent magnificence to you, so it is best to present your eagerness to see Him
and achieve His regard. And thru putting a specific stamp and particular seal and an
inimitable signet on each one in all these adorned artistic endeavors that you simply see, He needs to
present that all the pieces is explicit to Him, and is the work of His personal hand, and that He’s
single and distinctive and unbiased and eliminated. You subsequently ought to acknowledge that He
is single and alone, and with out peer or like or match, and settle for that He’s such.” He
spoke additional becoming phrases to the spectators like these regarding the King and this
station. Then the individuals who had entered the palace separated into two teams.
The First Group: Since these individuals had self-knowledge, have been clever, and their
hearts have been in the appropriate place, after they appeared on the wonders contained in the palace, they
declared: “There are nice issues afoot right here!” They understood that it was not in useless or
some trifling plaything. They have been curious, and whereas questioning: “I’m wondering what the
talisman to that is and what it incorporates,” they instantly heard the speech the Grasp and
Teacher was giving, they usually realized that the keys to all of the mysteries have been with
him. So that they approached him and mentioned: “Peace be upon you, O Grasp! By rights, a
truthful and precise teacher such as you is critical for a powerful palace akin to this.
Please inform us what our Lord has made recognized to you!” Initially the Grasp repeated the
speech to them. They listened fastidiously, and accepting it, profited enormously. They acted as
the King wished. And since the King was happy at their changing into conduct and
manners, he invited them to a different particular, elevated, ineffable palace. And he bestowed
it on them in a method worthy of such a munificent king, and becoming for such obedient
topics, and appropriate for such well-mannered visitors, and acceptable to such an elevated
palace. He made them completely pleased.
As for the Second Group, as a result of their minds have been corrupted and their hearts
extinguished, after they entered the palace, they have been defeated by their evil-commanding
souls and took discover of nothing aside from the scrumptious meals; they closed their eyes to
all of the virtues and stopped up their ears to the steering of the Grasp (PBUH) and the
warnings of his college students. They stuffed themselves like animals then sank into sleep. They
quaffed elixirs which had been ready for sure different issues and have been to not have
been consumed. Then they turned drunk and began shouting a lot they enormously upset
the opposite spectating visitors. They have been ill-mannered within the face of the Wonderful Maker’s
guidelines. So the troopers of the palace’s proprietor arrested them, and solid them into a jail
acceptable to such unmannerly individuals.
O pal who’s listening to this story with me! After all you may have understood that
the Wonderful Creator constructed this palace for the above-mentioned goals. The achievement of
these goals depends on two issues:
The First: The existence of the Grasp (PBUH) whom we noticed and whose speech we
heard. As a result of if not for him, all of the goals would have been futile. For an
incomprehensible e-book with no writer consists solely of meaningless paper.
The Second is the individuals listening the Grasp’s phrases and accepting them. That’s to
say, the Grasp’s existence is the reason for the palace’s existence, and the individuals’s
listening to him is the reason for the continuation of the palace’s existence. Through which case,
it might be mentioned that if it had not been for the Grasp (PBUH), the Wonderful King wouldn’t
have constructed the palace. And once more it might be mentioned that when the individuals don’t heed the
Grasp’s (PBUH) directions, the palace will of a certainty be reworked and altered.
Pal! The story ends right here. You probably have understood the that means of the comparability,
come and behold its actuality.
The palace is that this world. Its roof is the heavens illuminated with smiling stars, and its
ground, the face of the earth adorned from east to west with multifarious flowers. As for the
King, he’s the Most Holy One, the Pre-Everlasting and Publish-Everlasting Monarch, Whom all
issues within the seven heavens and the
earth glorify and extol, every with its explicit tongue. He’s a king so highly effective He
created the heavens and earth in six days, then abided on the Throne. Certainly one of Energy and
Majesty, Who, alternating evening and day like two threads, one white and one black, writes
His indicators of the web page of the universe; One to Whose command the solar, moon, and stars
are subjugated. The residences of the palace are the eighteen thousand worlds, every of
which has been set so as and embellished in a trend appropriate to it. The unusual arts you
noticed within the palace are the miracles of Divine energy you see on this world, and the meals
you noticed there allude to the fantastic fruits of Divine mercy on this world, particularly in
summer time, and above all within the gardens of Barla. The range and kitchen there’s the earth
right here, which has fireplace in its coronary heart, and the face of the earth. Whereas the jewels of the hidden
treasuries you noticed within the comparability are the similitudes of the manifestations of the
sacred Divine Names. And the embroideries there, and the indicators of the embroideries, are
the well-ordered and finely labored beings and the harmonious impresses of the pen of
energy which adorn this world and level to the Names of the All-Highly effective Certainly one of Glory.
As for the Grasp, he’s our Grasp Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him).
His assistants are the prophets (Peace be upon them), and his college students, the saints and
purified students. The ruler’s servants within the palace point out the angels (Peace be upon
them) on this world. And the visitors invited to the banquet to spectate within the comparability
are the jinn and mankind on this guest-house of the world, and the animals, who’re the
servants of mankind. As for the 2 teams, one in all them right here consists of the individuals of
perception, who’re the scholars of the All-Clever Qur’an, the interpreter of the verses and indicators
of the e-book of the universe. The opposite group consists of the individuals of unbelief and
revolt, who observe Devil and their evil-commanding souls; deaf and dumb, like
animals, and even decrease, they kind the group of the misguided, who acknowledge the lifetime of
this world solely.
FIRST GROUP: These are the felicitous and the great, who listened to the Grasp,
‘the Possessor of Two Wings.’ He’s each the worshipping servant of God; in regard to
worship he describes his Sustainer so that he’s just like the envoy of his group on the
Court docket of Almighty God. He’s additionally God’s Messenger; with regard to Messengership he
conveys his Sustainer’s decrees to males and the jinn by the use of the Qur’an.
This pleased group heeded the Messenger and listened to the Qur’an. They noticed
themselves invested with the prescribed prayers, that are the index of all of the varieties
of worship, and quite a few refined duties inside elevated stations. Certainly, they noticed in
element the duties and stations which the prayers level to with their numerous formulation and
actions. It was like this:
Firstly: Since they noticed the Divine works, and within the type of a transaction within the
absence of the individual involved, noticed themselves within the station
of observing the wonders of the sovereignty of dominicality, they carried out the responsibility of
extolling and glorifying God, declaring: “God is Most Nice!”
Secondly: Via being seen within the station of herald of His good and fantastic
works, that are the manifestations of the sacred Divine Names, exclaiming: “Glory be
to God! All Reward be to God!”, they carried out the responsibility of hallowing and praising God.
Thirdly: Within the station of perceiving and understanding with their internal and outer
senses the bounties saved up within the treasuries of Divine mercy, they began to hold out
the responsibility of thanks and reward.
Fourthly: Within the station of weighing up with the scales of their non secular schools the
jewels within the treasuries of the Divine Names, they started the responsibility of reward and declaring
God to be freed from all fault.
Fifthly: Within the station of learning the Sustainer’s missives, written with the pen of
energy on the plan of Divine Figuring out, they started the responsibility of contemplation and
Sixthly: With beholding the refined, delicate, high-quality beauties within the creation of issues
and within the artwork in beings, within the station of declaring God to be freed from all defect, they took
up the responsibility of affection and craving for his or her All-Wonderful Creator, their All-Beauteous
Maker. That’s to say, after trying on the universe and works and performing the duties
within the above-mentioned stations by way of transactions within the object of worship’s absence,
they rose to the diploma of additionally beholding the transactions and acts of the All-Clever Maker,
whereby, within the type of a transaction within the presence of the individual involved, they
responded with information and marvel within the face of the All-Wonderful Creator’s making
Himself recognized to aware beings by way of the miracles of His artwork, and declared: “Glory
be unto You! How can we really know you? What makes You recognized are the miracles of
the works of Your artwork!”
Then, they responded with love and fervour to that Most Merciful One’s making
Himself liked by way of the gorgeous fruits of His mercy. “You alone will we worship and
from You alone will we search assist!”, they declared.
Then they responded with thanks and reward to the True Bestower’s displaying His
mercy and compassion by way of His candy bounties, and exclaimed: “Glory be unto You!
All reward is Yours! How can we thank You as is Your due? You’re completely worthy of
thanks! For all Your bounties unfold by way of all of the universe hymn Your praises and
thanks by way of the clear tongues of their beings. All Your bounties lined up available in the market
of the world and scattered over the face of the earth proclaim Your praises and extol You.
Via testifying to Your munificence and generosity, all of the well-ordered and wellproportioned
fruits of Your mercy and bounty supply You thanks earlier than the gazes of Your
Then they responded, saying: “God is Most Nice!” earlier than the manifestation of
Divine magnificence, glory, perfection, and majesty within the mirrors of beings, ever altering on
the face of the universe; they bowed reverently of their impotence, and prostrated in
humility with love and marvel.
Then saying their poverty and want, they responded with supplication and
beseeching to the Possessor of Absolute Riches’ displaying the abundance of His wealth
and breadth of His mercy, and declared: “From You alone will we search assist!”
Then they responded appreciatively to the All-Wonderful Maker’s displaying the
subtleties and wonders of His vintage artwork within the exhibition of creatures, exclaiming:
“What wonders God has willed!” Observing and applauding them, they declared, “How
fantastically they’ve been made! What blessings God has bestowed!” Holding everybody
witness, they mentioned in marvel: “Come! Take a look at these! Hasten to the prayers and to
They usually responded with submission and obedience to the Monarch of Pre-Eternity
and Publish-Eternity’s proclamation of the sovereignty of His dominicality in each nook
of the universe and the manifestation of His unity. Declaring: “We hear and we obey!”,
they affirmed His unity.
Then, earlier than the manifestation of the Godhead of that Sustainer of All of the Worlds,
they responded with worship and humble veneration, which consists of proclaiming their
poverty inside want, and with the prescribed prayers, that are the abstract of worship.
Thus, by way of performing their numerous duties of worship within the mighty mosque often known as
the abode of this world, they carried out the obligations and duties of their lives, and
assumed ‘the best of kinds.’ They ascended to a rank above all creatures by which,
by way of the auspiciousness of perception and assurance and ‘the Belief,’ they turned
reliable Vicegerents of God on the Earth. And after this discipline of trial and place of
examination, their Munificent Sustainer invited them to everlasting happiness in recompense
for his or her perception, and to the Abode of Peace in reward for his or her adhering to His faith of
Islam. There, He bestowed on them out of His mercy bounties so dazzling that no eye has
seen them, nor ear heard them, nor have they occurred to the center of man2 – and so He
does bestow these on them, and He gave them eternity and eternal life. For the
desirous, mirror-bearing lovers of an everlasting, abiding magnificence who gaze upon it’ll
definitely not perish, however will go to eternity. The ultimate state of the Qur’an’s college students is
thus. Might Almighty God embrace us amongst them, Amen!
As for the opposite group, the sinners and the depraved, after they entered the palace of
this world on the age of discretion, they responded with unbelief to
all of the evidences of Divine unity, and with ingratitude in direction of all of the bounties, and by
accusing all creatures of being worthless, insulted them in an unbelieving method. And
since they rejected and denied all of the manifestations of the Divine Names, they
dedicated a boundless crime in a short while and have become deserving of limitless
punishment. For the capital of life and man’s schools got him for the duties
talked about above.
O my mindless soul and silly pal! Do you suppose your life’s responsibility is restricted
to following the great life in accordance with the requisites of civilization, and, if you’ll
excuse the expression, to gratifying the bodily appetites? Do you suppose the only intention
of the fragile and refined senses, the delicate schools and members, the well-ordered
limbs and techniques, the inquisitive emotions and senses included within the machine of your
life is restricted to satisfying the low wishes of the bottom soul on this fleeting life? God
There are two predominant goals of their creation and inclusion in your important being:
The First consists of constructing recognized to you all of the types of the True Bestower’s
bounties, and inflicting you to supply Him thanks. You need to be conscious of this, and supply
Him thanks and worship.
The Second is to divulge to you by the use of your schools all the kinds of the
manifestations of the sacred Divine Names manifested on the planet and to trigger you to
expertise them. And also you, by recognizing them by way of experiencing them, ought to come
to imagine in them.
Thus, man develops and is perfected by way of the achievement of those two fundamental
goals. Via them, man turns into a real human being.
Look by way of the that means of the next comparability, and see that the human
schools weren’t given to be able to achieve worldly life like an animal.
For instance, somebody gave one in all his servants twenty gold items, telling him to
have a go well with of garments made out of a specific material. The servant went and obtained himself a
high-quality go well with out of the best grade of the fabric, and put it on. Then he noticed that his
employer had given one other of his servants a thousand gold items, and placing within the
servant’s pocket a bit of paper with some issues written on it, had despatched him to conclude
some enterprise. Now, anybody with any sense would know that the capital was not for
getting a go well with of garments, for, for the reason that first servant had purchased a go well with of the best material
with twenty gold items, the thousand gold items have been definitely to not be spent on that.
For the reason that second servant had not learn the paper in his pocket, and looking out on the first
servant, had given all the cash to a shopkeeper for a go well with of garments, after which obtained
the very lowest grade of fabric and a go well with fifty occasions worse that his pal’s, his employer
was sure to reprimand him severely for his utter stupidity, and punish him angrily.
O my soul and my pal! Come to your senses! Don’t spend the capital
and potentialities of your life on pleasures of the flesh and this fleeting life like an
animal, and even decrease. In any other case, though you might be fifty occasions superior with regard to
capital than the best animal, you’ll fall fifty occasions decrease than the bottom.
O my heedless soul! If you wish to perceive to a level each the intention of your life
and its nature, and the type of your life, and the true that means of your life, and its good
happiness, then look!
The abstract of the goals of your life consists of 9 issues:
The First is that this: To weigh up on the scales of the senses put in your being the
bounties saved up within the treasuries of Divine mercy, and to supply common thanks.
The Second: To open with the keys of the colleges positioned in your nature the hidden
treasuries of the sacred Divine Names.
The Third: To consciously show and make recognized by way of your life within the view of
the creatures on this exhibition of the world the wondrous arts and refined manifestations
which the Divine Names have connected to you.
The Fourth: To proclaim your worship to the Court docket of the Creator’s dominicality
verbally and thru the tongue of your disposition.
The Fifth: Like on ceremonial events a soldier wears all of the decorations he has
obtained from his king, and thru showing earlier than the him, shows the marks of his
favour in direction of him, that is to consciously adorn your self within the jewels of the refined
senses which the manifestations of the Divine Names have given you, and to look in
the observant view of the Pre-Everlasting Witness.
The Sixth: To consciously observe the salutations of dwelling beings to their Creator,
often known as the manifestations of life, and their glorifications of their Maker, often known as the
indicators of life, and their worship of the Bestower of Life, often known as the goals of life, and by
reflecting on them to see them, and thru testifying to them to show them.
The Seventh: Via taking as models of measurement the small samples of
attributes just like the partial information, energy, and can given to your life, it’s to know
by way of these measures absolutely the attributes and sacred qualities of the All-Wonderful
Creator. For instance, since, by way of your partial energy, information, and can, you may have
made your own home in well-ordered trend, it is best to know that the Maker of the palace
of the world is its Disposer, and Highly effective, Understanding, and Clever to the diploma it’s better
than your own home.
The Eighth: To grasp the phrases regarding the Creator’s unity and Maker’s
dominicality uttered by every of the beings on the planet in its explicit tongue.
The Ninth: To grasp by way of your impotence and weak spot, your poverty and
want, the levels of the Divine energy and dominical riches. Simply because the pleasure and
levels and types of meals are understood by way of the levels of starvation and the kinds
of want, so it is best to perceive the levels of the infinite Divine energy and riches
by way of your infinite impotence and poverty.
The goals of your life, then, briefly, are
issues like these. Now take into account the character of your life; its abstract is that this:
It’s an index of wonders pertaining to the Divine Names; a scale for measuring the
Divine attributes; a steadiness of the worlds inside the universe; an inventory of the mighty world;
a map of the cosmos; a abstract of the huge e-book of the universe; a bunch of keys with
which to open the hidden treasuries of Divine energy; and a most glorious sample of the
perfections scattered over beings and connected to time. The character of your life consists of
issues like these.
Now, the type of your life and the way of its responsibility is that this: your life is an inscribed
phrase, a wisdom-displaying phrase written by the pen of energy. Seen and heard, it factors to
the Divine Names. The type of your life consists of issues like these.
Now the true that means of your life is that this: its performing as a mirror to the manifestation
of Divine oneness and the manifestation of the Eternally Besought One. That’s to say,
by way of a comprehensiveness as if being the purpose of focus for all of the Divine Names
manifested on the planet, it’s its being a mirror to the Single and Eternally Besought One.
Now, as for the perfection of your life, it’s to understand the lights of the Pre-Everlasting
Solar that are depicted within the mirror of your life, and to like them. It’s to show passion
for Him as a aware being. It’s to move past your self with love of Him. It’s to
set up the reflection of His gentle within the centre of your coronary heart. It is because of this thriller
that the Hadith Qudsi was uttered, which is expressed by the next traces, and can
elevate you to the best of the excessive:
The heavens and the earth comprise me not;
But, how unusual! I’m contained within the hearts of believers.
And so, my soul! Since your life is turned in direction of such elevated goals and gathers
collectively such priceless treasuries, is it in any respect worthy of motive and equity that it is best to
spend it on momentary gratification of the instinctual soul and fleeting worldly pleasures,
and waste it? If you do not need to expend your life, ponder over the oaths on this
Sura of the Qur’an, which allude to the above comparability and truths, and act accordingly:
By the solar and its [glorious] splendour; * By the moon because it
follows it; * By the day because it reveals up [the sun’s] glory; * By the evening because it
conceals it; * By the firmament and its [wonderful] construction; * By the earth and
its [wide] expanse; * By the soul and the order and proportion given it; * And
its enlightenment to its flawed and its proper. * Actually he succeeds that purifies it, *
And he fails that corrupts it.
O God, grant blessings and peace to the Solar of the Skies of Messengership, the
Moon of the Constellation of Prophethood, and to his Household and Companions,
the celebrities of steering, and grant mercy to us and to all believing males and all
believing girls. Amen. Amen. Amen.
From Risale-i Nur Assortment TheWords – 11.Phrase