Ever since I was young, I have conversed with my inner being; a friend, who resides within, who is always there, especially in times of difficulty. Today, this friend is my constant companion. I consult Him in the smallest of matters. I call Him my “Inner Imam.” In Arabic, the word “Imam” means “one who leads the way.” He leads the way of my life and directs me like a compass to where I must go in every moment. For me, He is the stuff that life is made of, the Spirit, the Breath, the Light, the Love, that permeates every aspect of being and living, for my life, for all life. For me, He is God.
May 11, 2016 at 8:43 pm
Profound and well said, Akhi Shafeen!
Came across something relevant in online Ismaili forums thought sharing:
Jafar bin Mansur al-Yaman, puts forth the idea in his book, Kitab al-‘Alim wa’l Ghulam
(“The Book of the Master and the Disciple”), that there is an inner imam within the
human being and that one must therefore recognize this inner and personal imam.
The same idea can be read in the writings of the Ismaili philosopher, Abu
Ya’qub Sijistani, who writes about the connection the Command (Amr) of God
has with every particle of creation. In his Kashf al-Mahjub (“Unveiling of
the Hidden”) Sijistani writes:
“every particle of the Creation has a share of the Command of God, because
every creature shares a part of the Command of God through which it has come
to be there and by virtue of which it remains in being and the light of the
Command of God shines in it. Understand this!”
Also, saying related to Seth Carney suggesting that: ..Your Perfect Nature..is your higher self..
It is your True Beloved, and the vision of your Perfect Nature is one of the most
important steps on the spiritual path. It is a vision of your personal Lord, your
personal rabb, which is the specific face of God that is turned towards you. This
vision will help you to understand your True Will, but is also your gateway to
understanding Allah in His Infinity. Once you become one.. with your personal Lord,
then you will become one with Allah, who is the Lord of Lords. This is the way to