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Teyyul-ard denotes the quick transportation from one point to another in an instant. Teyyul-ard is something extraordinary and above normal human power, and is only possible for those who have total control over the chain of causes. The most important issue in this regard is for one to gain knowledge of the self; knowing that through correct spiritual development and purification that Islam app...


Hudhur al-qalb in prayer means to liberate the heart from everyone except the person you are speaking to, that is in the case of prayer to pay complete attention to it and the words that are being said and to once more focus on prayer when one finds himself drifting away [1] The things that are in opposition with hudhur al-qalb are thoughts regarding personal and material matters, in contrast t...


tal and hell & heaven are like magnets attracting these metals. When we are in the magnetic field of Dunya (Satanic worldly fields) naturally our spirituality diminishes, and likewise when you are in the heavenly fields you feel more spiritual.

Depending on how often and for how long we hold our hearts in the magnetic fields of Dunya or Akhira we develop a hell or heav...


First, strengthen your determination with sincere repentance to Allah, and then watch yourself according to the following method, which I have quoted from what Allama at-Tabataba’iy, the author of Tafsir al-Mizan, had written to a young man like you:
 “First, in the morning, when you wake up, determine not to do anything that does not please Allah! Think well before deci...


Our relationship with God is sometimes severed and cut off or tend to become weak; but He is always and everywhere with us. God, the Exalted say,

"And He is with you wheresoever ye may be. And Allah sees well all that ye do." [1]

Hence, if our connection with God becomes weak, we must look for the cause or setback.  It has been said that the best way ...


Prayer consists of physical and spiritual aspects. Like the physical aspect, the spiritual aspect is also characterized by a series of conditions and disciplines.
Therefore, in the same way certain conditions define the proper physical aspect of prayer (such as purity of one’s clothes, facing qiblah, and being in a state of wudu); there are spiritual conditions (such as maintaining...


Supplications and actions have been mentioned in Mifātīh al-Jinān for seeing divine people in one’s dreams, but it must be noted that these actions are not sufficient in and of themselves for seeing the desired person. What is meant is that it is not true that anyone who performs these actions will see the Noble Prophet (s) in his dream because there are other conditions like refraining f...


Supplications and actions have been mentioned in Mifātīh al-Jinān for seeing divine people in one’s dreams, but it must be noted that these actions are not sufficient in and of themselves for seeing the desired person. What is meant is that it is not true that anyone who performs these actions will see the Noble Prophet (s) in his dream because there are other conditions like refraining f...


The logic behind experiencing ‘metaphoric’ love is to reach true love and if it is accompanied with chastity, after causing fundamental changes and developments it will bring man very close to Godly love. The very core and truth of religion is to reach the status of loving Allah; Islam especially has paid much attention to this issue. The Imams and the Great Urafa (Islamic mystics) ...


Allah's (swt) affection for people doesn’t mean what is normally understood from this concept; because it entails deficiencies that Allah (swt) is pure of and theology has proven false.  What Allah's (swt) affection for others truly means is that this affection stems from His love for Himself.  Allah loves His own actions and since His creations are the results of His ac...


Allah's (swt) affection for people doesn’t mean what is normally understood from this concept; because it entails deficiencies that Allah (swt) is pure of and theology has proven false.  What Allah's (swt) affection for others truly means is that this affection stems from His love for Himself.  Allah loves His own actions and since His creations are the results of His ac...


What is meant by the term God seeking nature is an internal inclination in human beings that drives them towards God.  This is an internal call within the human being and it is none other than the force of human nature (fitrah); it is apparent without any training or education and it becomes even more manifest during the time of the maturation of man. Since this faculty is manifest without...


Fana’ is an Arabic word and literally means non existence and being annihilated.  In the words of the Urafa’, it means for a servant to utterly abide in Allah in a way that the humanistic aspect of the servant fades away in the Rububiyyah aspect of Allah.  Those who seek and follow the path towards Allah have divided this path into stations and stages and have perceived Fa...


The meaning behind Chelleh Neshini (worshipping for a forty day period) in the field of spiritual wayfaring is for one to be cautious in regards to one’s self for a period of forty days. Through these means, the self becomes capable of receiving divine wisdom. Many of the Urafa and the scholars of the Shia have given emphasis to the worship of forty days based upon divine verses of the Qu...


The meaning of worship (Ibadat) in Arabic lexicon means the utmost limits of humility and modesty, and it is because of this that it is only one who is at the highest level of existence, perfection, and greatness to be worshipped. Thus worshipping anyone other than God is considered shirk, because sincerity (ikhlas) hasn’t been achieved in worship in such a case. Servitude can be summariz...


The lexical root of 'tasawwuf' is variously traced to sūf "wool", referring to the simple wool-made cloaks the early Muslim ascetics wore and who claimed  to purify their inner self from filth and stay away from worldly attractions, thus engaging in so-called spiritual self-reconstruction. This Sufi way of thinking was further developed over the history by different sects...


There are different views on the true essence of teyyul-ard. One would be the theory of “اعدام و ايجاد” or “Existentiation and Elimination” of the renowned mystic, Ibn Arabi. According to this theory, the person eliminates his existence in one place and existentiates it in another. Another theory says that it is the teleportation of the body which takes place in individu...


A careful study of the text of the Qur'an and the traditions guide us towards some subtle points about the philosophies behind prayers (salat):

The spirit, foundation, objective, result and ultimately the philosophy of prayers is remembrance of Allah, it should be a remembrance that brings about 'reflection', and a 'reflection' that leads to 'dee...


Dreaming is one of Allah’s signs [1] and an opening to the unseen.
From one point of view, dreams are the state of transition from the outside world to one’s inner world and are one of the most important means of self-awareness.
The dreams one sees partially reflect his inner world, therefore continuously seeing nightmares is a sign of not being in a good spiritual sta...


Purification means to clean your soul of impurity. The Quran has mentioned purifying the soul in various verses but one should know that the basis and starting point of purification varies from person to person. For a person that is not Muslim, the first essential step will be to convert to Islam.  For believers, it would be to become well aware of the necessity of purifying the soul. Clea...