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Mansur Hallaj And Allama Iqbal Believe, the Whole Esoteric World Is Confined to One and Only One ‘Fana Fir Rasool’ - Concluding Part

By Ameen Fayaz

June 27, 2020

And Ibless has got a very important role to play in this process of becoming. According to Hallaj, Iblees knows the God well; and according to Iqbal, he knows His creations well. Hallaj writes that “Ma kana fissamayimuwahidunillaibless” (Ta Seen ul Azal). That is to say that “there is no monotheist in the sky save for Iblees”. He goes on to say that “Iblees said there is not in the two worlds anybody who knows you and I have a will in you and you have a  will in me”, an idea which has been expressed by Iqbal in these words: “ Mujh say baddkarfitrat e aadam ka wo muhrimnahi / sadadilbandun main jo mashhoorhaiparwardigar”.

And while pointing to this will of Iblees with reference to the will of God, Iqbal has made the following point with a positive manner of thinking:

Jihanaz khud barunaawurdakeest?/ jamalishjalwahayi parda keest /muragoyikiaz shaitan guzarkun /bagubamankiouparwardakeest?

At another place, he says “muziandarjahanaykurzoqay / kiyazdandaradwa shaitan nadarad”.

And through Shaitan he reminds the reader:

And the fact of the matter is in the words of Ab Salam Nadwi that Allama Iqbal was of the opinion that “If Adam would have remained in the centre of good (paradise) only, he would not have been able to explore the Nature, nor would have his self-consciousness evolved. Iblees refused to bow before him because of this incompleteness/want in the self. However, when man in this world completes/perfects his self, then Iblees too bows before him” as “Bazmba dew astaadamrazawal /razmba dew astaadamrajamal.”

Hallaj, in comparison with Iqbal, uses a provocative kind of symbolism for saying the same thing, for example, he says:

“I had a debate with Iblees and Pharaoh regarding the meaning of courage/self-consciousness. Iblees said, “If I would have bowed before Adam, then I would fallen from the heights of self-consciousness”. Pharaoh said, “Had I believed in messenger, Moses, then I would have fallen from the heights of self-consciousness. “And I said, “If I would take a U-turn from what I say /do, then I would fall from the very capacity of self-consciousness” as the spiritual guide ,Rumi ,has ,while going through the same stage ,asserted : “Pesh e Deen nuroubemaniistiqrar /hay waqayimchunkhuda khud rashumar.”

Good and evil are both creations, not exactly the external forms of the Aharman according Zorastrian belief. One of the reasons for throwing Adam out of the Eden could be that there was/is no possibility of differentiating good from evil.

Mard azaday ki danad khubd zusht/ mi nagunjadru heou andar bihisht

And in this world of water and clay these two opposite forces do appear in the form of light and darkness and play the role of a catalyst in the evolution of the soul. Hallaj has represented these two forces through Pharaoah and Moses; while as Allama Iqbal has represented them through Mohammad (PBUH) and Abu Lahab. He says: “Sateezakarrahahaiazal say ta imroz /charag e mustafwi say hai sharer e bulahbi.”

But Hallaj has declared Kaleem Ullah insufficient as a symbol and says: “‘fa lama qazamusaalajal’ taraka al ahlaheenasaralilhaqeeqatahal, razabikhabardunannazarliyakoonafarqanbainahuwabainakhairilbashar.” (Translation:So, when Moses completed his tenure, he left his family. When he became eligible for the station of prophethood, he was satisfied with the news only and not the sight so that there remains a difference between him and the best of all the creations). In this way, he presents a sealing argument in favour of the eternal innocence of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). More explanation of this argument has been presented in the Ta Seen un Nuqta of his book where he says “And it is because of this fact that Prophet Mohammad has been named as Harmi (one who lives in /around Kaaba) because he never came out of this sacred place though he was/is beyond it always. “While writing “he is beyond/above it” Hallaj spontaneously cries out “Ah” and when Iqbal too became aware of the same ,he said “ Maqmishabdahuaamadwaleikin/jahan e shoqraparwardigarast.”

Man is the crown of all creations and his self-realization and Ana has the potential of exploring the whole Universe as long as he is bound to the destination of Goodness. Iqbal says “ sabaqmillahaimeraj e mustafwi say mujhay /kiaalam e bashariyatkizadd main haigardun”; “aroj e aadam khaki say unjumsehmaijatayhain /ki yeh tutahuwa tar amah e kamilnabannjaye.”

In other words, when the soul is drunk with love and not with mere reason as reason is the base of love and not the destination of consciousness, then only it recognizes itself and its value in this world. It is in the same context that in the Dayira e Nuqta Hallaj says “The man caught in the web of this world called me Zindeeq; and, in the second circle, the man of the world of intuition called me the scholar of divine connection”; and Iqbal has the following verse to say in the same context : “Agar ho ishq to kufr bhihaimusalmani /na ho to mard e musalmanbhi kafir wa zindeeq”.

It is because of this thinking/style of thought that the two were called philosophers and men drunk with the love of God.

The fact of the matter is that when man lives in the prison of the literal understanding of the Universe, he cannot enjoy the taste of intuition: “farog e Danish ma az qiyas ast /qiyase ma zitaqdeerhawasast”.

And as soon as the consciousness attains the capacity of the intuitional understanding of the Universe, the traveller on the path is blessed with a new system of senses: “Chu hesdeegarshudienaalamdigarna /sakoonwa ser wakeifwakamdigarna”.

And a revolution is caused in the very concept of time and space in the mind of the man: “ Buda andarjihan e chahar so /harkigunjadaromewaddarad”,or “ Teri khodayi say haimerayjinun ko gila/apnayliyelamakanmerayliyechahar so” and “isirozwashabmaiulajj key narehja/kiteray zaman wamakanaurbhihain!”

Allama Iqbal has time and again repeated this experience, while as Hallaj has without any division of Reason and Love explained the difference through the conditions of soul: “Ayuhazzann la tahsibuinni anal aann aw yakoon aw kana” (Translation: Oh, you who assumes! Don’t assume that I am at this time “I” or I will become “I” or that I was “I” (Ta Seen ul Fahm)”. Here, Hallaj has negated all the three times (Present, Past and Future) and created a new world for himself. In Love, on the one hand, the world of reason finds its boundaries getting shrunk; on the other hand, the light of heart becomes aware of new dimensions of time and space. However, there has been a very visible difference between the experience of the two: Hallaj found an eternal abode in the world of love and Iqbal could not say goodbye to the earthly abode as he says “gahmerinigahetez cheer gayidilewajood!/gahulaj kay rehgayi meray tawahumat main”; and ,in his experiential condition, Allama cried out: “Iqbal bhi Iqbal say aagahnahihai / kuch is main wallah tam ask hurnahihai.”

Both of them agree on this point that while graduating through different stations of spiritual evolution the human soul suffers from different faults which can be avoided if the traveler is on the path believes in Prophethood. Hallaj has in many of his Tawaseen attempted a Sufistic explanation of this concept. He describes Prophet Mohammad (SAW) as the Sirr ul Asrar (Secret of all Secrets), while as Allama Iqbal thinks of Prophet Mohammad (SAW) as the Maula e Kul without whose following one cannot think of self-realization as he says “muqam e khuwesh agar khawhidareen der/ bahaqdil band warahe Mustafa raw.”

It is important to remind here that the gradations like fana fi sheikh, fana fir rasool, fana fil Allah and baqabil Allah have been for centuries in vogue in Tasawwuf (Mysticism). However, Hallaj and Iqbal have distinction of this belief that the whole esoteric world is confined to one and only one fana fir rasool; even the two insist on this fact that no traveller can claim that his/her consciousness went beyond it. Iqbal says, “Tumi guyirahebathagiriftem / digarnajuztumaramanzilayneest”.

According to Hallaj, “ anyone who says  that he really recognized the Prophet, he/she made his/her existence bigger than the existence/being of goodness; reason being that anybody who claims to have recognized any existence/being ,he/she becomes at the times of his/her own recognition stronger than the Maroof (goodness)” (Bustan ul Maarifat).

That means man boasts of having more of Irfan (gnosis) than Prophet Mohammad (SAW) upon making such a claim.

Despite a difference/distance of more than one thousand years, the two have the similar kind of belief in Allah, the creator of all life, Prophet Mohammad (SAW), for whose birth and manifestation the whole process of evolution started, is the only ideal personality who is to be followed. That is why Hallaj says: “Huwalawwal fil wuslat, huwalaakhir fin nubawat ,huwalbatinbilhaqeeqat ,huwazzahirbilmarifat.”

And Iqbal believes: “Nigah e ishqwamasti main wahiawwalwahiaakhir / wahiquranwahifurqanwahiyaseenwahi taha”; or “Jalwaouqudsiyanraseenasoz / bud andaraabwagilaadamhunuz!”

Here the intuitional view of time and space has been declared the first step of the consciousness and Prophet Mohammad (SAW) the reason/cause of the whole universe: “ abduhudaharastwadaharazabduhu / ma hamarangeemwaaan bay rang wabu”; or ,in the words of Hallaj : “ Azman  kulluhasaatun min dahrihi”.

Hallaj, on the one hand, describes Prophet Mohammad (SAW) as the Sirr ul Asrar (secret of all secrets): “He is the one who informed of the end and the ends and ends of all the ends”; and, on the other hand, Allama puts the following verse in the mouth of Hallaj: “ Kasszi sir abduhuaagahneest /abduhujuz sir illalahneest.”

In this verse, Allama actually sees an exceptional example presented by Hallaj: “ma absarahualattehqeeqillassiddiqliannhuwafaqahu summa rafaqahu” (No body actually knew the Prophet except Abu Bakr because he knew him and then became his friend).

It is with Abu Bakr Siddiq that the Aalam e Wilayat starts and passes on its blessings through Hallaj to Iqbal. Iqbal says “Dar jihanmarabulandaawazakard /bahadoos e maqadamsheerazakard.”

In this context, it would be in place to remind you that both Hallaj and Iqbal believed that in spiritual evolution/progress there is for eternity the manifestation of Mustafwiyat (the spirit of Prophet Mohammad – PBUH) only. Hallaj says: “kana mashhooranqablalhawadiswalkawayinwalakwan.wakanalmazkoorqablalqabalwabadd al badd” ( Prophet Mohammad (SAW) was famous(in the will of Allah) before all this process of creation and beings of all kinds. He was being mentioned before “before” and after “after”.

Allama has thus translated this belief of Hallaj in his own words: “abduhubaibtida bay intihaast/abduhurasubhwa sham ma kujast.”

“With beginning” as Allama was also writing with a philosophical argument and “without beginning” as both of them were presenting the same idea/point/inkling with the vision of a “lost one”, so ,by beginning of the time ,the highest objective of the will of Allah may also be the meaning.Allama says : “shola hay ou sad Ibrahim sokht /ta charag yak Mohammad bar farokht.”That is why the two believed that all the positive developments in the whole process of creation/evolution were possible because of the light of Mohammad and every creation “yazinur e Mustafa our a bahast” or “yahunuzandartalash e Mustafa ast”.

This interpretation of the Love of Prophet Mohammad (SAW) was felt in the similar manner in the third century after Hijra also as it is being felt in the twentieth century; therefore, for both Hallaj and Iqbal, the ultimate test of differentiating Islam from Kufr is the Love of Prophet:

“Kashodam parda raazroyetaqdeer /mashunaumeed rah Mustafa geer! /agar bawarnadariaanchagoyam /zideenbagurezwamargkafiraymeer”.

If the whole of Allama’s thoughts and ideas are studied in juxtaposition with the contents/thought of KitabbutTawaseen, it becomes quite evident that both of them consider following the Sunnah of the Prophet as the only way of attaining the blessing of self-realization as Iqbal says: “Ki Mohammad say wafatu nay to ham terayhain/ yeh jahancheezkya hail oh waqalamterayhain” which makes the traveler on the path capable of witnessing the Aalam e Akbar ,the Macrocosm where he (traveller) intuitionally feels/realizes :


aanchadaraalamnagunjadaadam sat”

Part One and Part Two of the article:

Allama Iqbal And Mansur Hallaj Communicated the Same Message - Part One

Allama Iqbal And Mansur Hallaj Both Believed the Universe Is the Manifestation of The Will of Allah- Part Two

Note: This paper was published by Professor Mohiud Din Hajini in the Sheeraza (Special upshot on Iqbal titled Mehfil e Iqbal) of the J&K Cultural Academy in 1978 in Urdu.

Original Headline: Part III | Iqbal and Hallaj: Strikingly Similar

Source: The Greater Kashmir


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