HTBE series: Al Malik Al Qudus (4&5/99)
BismiLlah Al Rahman Al Rahim
Every king is a possessor but not every possessor is a king.
Malik al mulk: possessor of heaven and earth
يتعرف في ملكه عما يشاء
–> Be detached from what people have, people will love you
مالك روحك زاهد روحك
covetousness and desire have to be our servants
Nietzsche: the one thing that tyrants are afraid of is the saint. Tyrants rule by fear and Saints are free of fear
Aisha (may God be pleased with her) said about the Prophet (pbuh):
كان أملك الناس –> he was always in control
incontinence: people who couldn’t control themselves
Du’a: يا ملك أملكني to have purity of heart
it comes from the form fa’oul فعول it’s a hyperbolic form
It means the Unchangeable, Holy, Pure.
We think of Al Masjid Al Aqsa. They say about the Haramein and the Aqsa: their sanctity will never change even if the disbelievers occupy it
The reason why Al Qudus follows the name Al Malik is because kings are always affected by the position (corruption, some injustices, etc.) but Allah swt is free of all that. His mulk will never change because He is Just.
Abu Bakr al Baqillani, a Maliki scholar, went to the Byzantine king. He would not bow to him, even if the king built an arch to make him bow, he would enter the other way around (his rear first).
St John of Damascus wrote a book “the Heresy of the Hajarites”. It has all the basic attacks we see today: Islam spread by the sword, the Prophet’s (pbuh) multiple wives, Aisha’s adultery, etc.
So they asked al Baqillani. He said: “Yes there were two adulerers: Mariam and Aisha”! (may God be pleased with them both) (cynically, to answer back to them their illogical accusations)
ليس كمثله شيء وهو السميع البصير
There is nothing like unto Him, and [yet] He is the Hearing, the Seeing.
(Surat Al Shura, 10)
(the و (waw) is not to add but on the contrary to prove the opposite. Human beings hear and see but it doesn’t compare to Allah swt.)
Eminence of the Divine in our attributes is called Tashbih تشبيه (likening)
it’s like in math: x/∞ = 0
The way to get closer to Allah through this name:
سبوح قدوس رب الملائكة والروح
recite it 1000 times for 40 days and your act will get together.