The words of people of Shariah
(Divine Law)  describing the Eminent-Realm
explaining how the Sublime Haqq (True & Absolute Reality, The Lord)
Know that people of the
Shariah (Divine Law) talk about two beingness: One the Qadim (Time
Immemorial & Preexistent) being and the other the Hādeth (Nascent,
Transient & Temporal) being . Qadim (Time
Immemorial & Preexistent) being has no beginning yet the Hādeth
(Nascent, Transient & Temporal) does have a beginning. These words
are Zāhir (Evident) and nothing hidden within.
Due to the above, the
beingness has only two states i.e. either has the beginning or no
beginning. If no beginning then it is Qadim (Time Immemorial &
Preexistent) being and if it does have a beginning then it is Hādeth
(Nascent, Transient & Temporal) being.
Now that you understand both
beingness then know that Qadim (Time Immemorial & Preexistent)
being is called the God and the Hādeth (Nascent, Transient &
Temporal) being is called ‘Ālam (This Universe). God is other than
‘Ālam (This Universe) and ‘Ālam (This Universe) is other than the God.
God is the Sāne’ (Producer & Manufacture) of ‘Ālam (This Universe).
And ‘Ālam (This Universe) is produced by the God. The Sāne’ (Producer
& Manufacture) of ‘Ālam (This Universe) is characterized by paragon
attributes and purified from any foul ones. When IT willed, IT created
‘Ālam (This Universe) and again when IT wills shall destroy ‘Ālam (This
Once this introduction is made
clear, now know that the people of Shariah (Divine Law) say: The first
‘entity’ produced by the Sublime & Sanctified Divine Sāne’
(Producer & Manufacture) was Johar (An Intrinsic Essence) called
Ruh_Awwal (Primordial Soul) . When the Lord
willed to create the Realm of Molk (This Universe) and the Malakut
(Realm of Souls), IT glanced upon that Johar (Intrinsic Essence)  and thus the Johar (Intrinsic Essence) was
extremely heated and boiled. What was the condensed essence of that
Johar (Intrinsic Essence) float on top , like the
foam for sugar. And what was less pure sediment to the bottom, like the
impurities of the sugar.
Therefore The Haqq (True &
Absolute Reality, The Lord), from that pure condensed essence created
the realm of the Souls, and the remaining impurities were used to
create the physical universe. The realm of the Souls is segmented into
thirteen sections; counting the said Johar (Intrinsic Essence) the
number is fourteen. Rational for this count is that the segments of the
physical worlds are thirteen (human, animal, plant…), what is on the
surface maps to what is deep within—the physical world is an epitome of
the Malakut(Realm of Souls).
Some have said, the creation
of the physical universe is the simile of the Malakut (Realm of Souls)
and the foundation of Malakut (Realm of Souls) is the simile of the
Jabarut (Realm of Divine Intellect & Knowledge). Therefore one can
reason based upon the Molk (Physical Universe) assertions about the
Malakut (Realm of Souls) and from Malakut (Realm of Souls) reason about
the Jabarut (Realm of Divine Intellect & Knowledge). 
The Sufism concerns itself
with the question: How we originated in the other sempiternal universe
and how we came into beingness in this nascent & temporal universe?
It also concerns itself with another question: How from a Singleton
Divine Being all these variations came about!
Our origin is from an
indivisible & immaterial continuum where our Souls have been
portioned from, yet still inexorably linked with that continuum. Some
Sufis believe that the Souls within us, the angels’, the animals’, the
plants’ and even that of the inanimate nonliving matter, are
inescapably linked via this continuum.
Our minds are enchained within
the bondage of nascence, transience and temporalness. Yet our origin is
from a causeless, beginning-less and endless sempiternity. Sufism
formed a language capable of expressing either world as well as their
linkage. Often the Morid (Seeker) reads the Sufi text but mixes up the
worlds and thus not getting the full benefit of the Sufi
It is imperative for the Morid
(Seeker) to realize that s/he did not originate from this universe. The
feelings of transience and the orders of the nature imposed upon them
are only temporarily. S/he is linked to other souls, in some fantastic
continuum, beyond the grasp of the rationalization but yet somehow
The denial of our origination
from this earth and affirmation of our unbreakable linkage to other
souls is the foundation necessary for the Morid (Seeker) to rely upon
to take the first steps on the path.
of Shariah” are those who follow the strict sense of Prophetic
teachings. They believe in order to reach the Haqq (True & Absolute
Reality, The Lord) the only path is via how & what the prophets
Western Sufis are not aware of the distinction between the said two
worlds. This lack of discernment poses a problem: The Morid (Seeker)
does not know which language of Sufism applies to which universe!?
Indeed the Sufi language divides itself into when talking about this
world and when words are with regards to the other realm. What Nasafi
attempts here is to describe how we came from the realm of Qadim (Time
Immemorial & Preexistent) to this realm of the Hādeth (Nascent,
Transient & Temporal). Note: Hādeth is the same Arabic word as
Sufism concerns itself with the knowledge of how from the Ahad
(Singleton Nonesuch One) such variations of life and existence have
come about? The answer they found in Prophetic Knowledge: An ‘entity’
was emanated or released from the Ahad (Singleton Nonesuch One) and
this ‘entity’ was endowed with the gift of variation.
is an ‘entity’ independent of anything else in the universe. If this
world were to be destroyed its Johar or its essence would carry on
unharmed and undiminished. Johar may need a place to reside within.
Johar is able to transform into substance or it may be immaterial.
With regards to IT glancing
upon the Johar I could not find any reference in the books of Hadith
(Prophetic Narrations). Given the fact that this section is that of
Shariah (Divine Law) I am sure Nasafi had the references but over the
ages those are lost or obscured. However I found a Hadith that explains
IT is veiled by intense light or fire in other words if IT comes close
to objects they burn up with intense heat so to say. So IT allowed the
Johar close by to look at it and the Johar boiled away. Again I need
more research here INSHALLAH (TODO).
The name of
the book ‘quintessential’ comes from
the pure foam formation during the boiling of objects.
expression tries to address the issue that we all came from the same
indivisible Soul though some more pure than the others.
Nasafi says, look if there was no mapping from this world to the other
world, no way we could understand anything about it. Therefore there is
a correspondence between Here and There! This corresponding map is
within the essence of all things, as was described by the Johar being
the common factor in the entire creation.
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