Al-Hayy (The Ever-Living)
Hu is Darrāk and Fa'āl.
If an object does not have Idrāk (Prehension) and does not have
deliberate actions, it is dead, lifeless and inanimate. (Here we are
excluding the Prehensions for physical resources)
Therefore the Perfected Life or Al-Hayy is Al-Ladhi (That Which) all
the Idrāk (Prehensions) of every Mudrik (Entities that Prehend their
own Self) Prehends.
Dara: Mudrik is an entity that has a Self, it knows/feels/cognizes that
it exists and that it is separate from others. All the Prehensions
necessary for the concrescence of this entity are powered by Hu or Hu
is called Darrāk when in an absolute and perfected sense:
1. Every Prehension, for the objectification of the entity, Prehends Hu
2. Every Subjective Form, how-ness, for this entity's Prehensions, also
In other words, all the resources appropriated for the concretion of an
entity, and all the necessary know-how or how-ness or Māhiyat
(What-ness) or Huwiyat (It-ness), and all their relatedness need, fall
under the umbrella of Hu's attribute of Al-Hayy in order to be.
This modality of Darrāk is the core understanding of the Divine
Attribute of Al-Hayy (The Ever-Living) and the core understanding of
the concept of organism.
Al-Ghazali also adds the concept of 'Measure of Life' meaning the
Mudrik (Entities that Prehend their own Selves) are ranked according to
their amount of Prehensions for Hu! The more they Prehend Hu the more
alive they are! Therefore, as there are spectrums of the degree of
Prehension within a living being, Allah ranks the living beings
2006-2002, Dara O. Shayda, Hind Rifai M.D.