Although the principles of the Law of Attraction have in recent years become widely popularized by the work of Rhonda Byrne in The Secret, relatively few have as of yet commented on the relationship between Islam and the Law of Attraction.
Yet the role of the Law of Attraction in Islam is of paramount importance, and properly understanding the subject is now a vital step in personal growth and spiritual evolution.
What is the Law of Attraction?
The Law of Attraction basically states that individuals will attract to themselves that which is in harmony and resonance with their dominant vibrational states.
In other words, if you are happy, in joy and in gratitude, you will naturally attract to yourself positive events and circumstances that are in vibrational harmony with your positive pscyho-spiritual state.
Conversely, if you are angry, frustrated, stressed and unhappy, you will likewise attract to yourself negative events and circumstances that are correspondingly vibrationally synchronous with a negative energetic state.
Hence, it is of paramount importance for an individual, especially for a Muslim who is seeking to understand Islam and the Law of Attraction for the purpose of spiritual development and personal success, to continually manage his or her state of be-ing.
Islam and the Law of Attraction
Islam is a path of personal growth and spiritual development, ultimately culminating in awakening to the Divine Presence of God.
Based upon the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (saws), this Path of personal development is known as al-Tariqah, and is also referred to in Arabic as Tazkiyyat an-Nafs, or “Purification of the Self,” and in English as Sufism.
The Prophet (saws) taught that the means to such purification is a Way known as Islam, or “Surrender”, and that through spiritual surrender, a human being will ultimately become purified of the source of negativity, fear and anger, that source being the ego-mind.
To give up the egoic will, all you have to do is not complain about what Is. Be aligned with the Isness — people, situations, whatever — this is already as it is. It’s the inevitability of Is. Become friendly with what Is, and you become intelligent for the first time…
With the simple act of surrender to the inevitability of the present moment, another energy comes. You could call that universal will, you could call that intelligence, you could call that the creative solution to whatever the so-called “problem” is. You could call that power coming in, that is greater than the limited power of your mind…
You and the Universe become one, and as such It creates through you as this form. That’s the beauty of it. When the Unmanifested flows into this world, It assumes form… When the simple act of surrender opens your mind, it can then be used as an instrument. Then, a thought may come in that is original and fresh and new. That is the birth of form. The birth of thought creates the birth of form. The Universe uses you as a vehicle or a channel through which to create. You are One. It can use your mind, and become thought, words, physical things. That’s the way in which the mind can actually be a helpful tool — alignment with the greater Intelligence, the One Consciousness.
It all starts with the present moment, and your relationship with the present moment. Friend or enemy? Are you allowing it, or are you fighting it, resisting it? That’s the end of ego — because the ego needs resistance. The ego survives through complaining, it survives through denying, or wanting something else.
— Eckhart Tolle
Once thus purified, a human being realizes the intrinsic buoyancy, goodness and grace of life, and his or her attitude naturally becomes one of health and happiness. Based upon the principles of Islam and the Law of Attraction, such an individual effortlessly and automatically attracts the bounty and providence of the Universe.
God has stated, “My servant draws not near unto Me with nothing more loved by Me than the spiritual practices I have enjoined upon him, and as My servant continues to draw near unto Me with superogatory spiritual practices, I shall love him. When I love him, I become the hearing with which he hears, the seeing with which he sees, the hand with which he strikes and the foot with which he walks. Were he to ask something of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant it.”
— Prophet Muhammad, Hadith Qudsi [Bukhari]
Such individuals are often referred to as Awliya, or the “Friends of God”, meaning they are friendly with what Is, Divine Will as it manifests in each and every moment.
Behold! Verily, upon the Friends of God there is no fear, nor do they grieve, they who believe and who are God-Conscious and Present.
— Surah Yunus (Holy Quran, 10:62-63)
Islam and the Law of Attraction: The Power of Your Paradigm
God has said, “I am to My servants as they expect Me to be.”
— Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) [Hadith Qudsi]
At the heart and soul of the Islamic spiritual path is the principle of personal responsibility. We are taught that “each soul will face what it hath sent forth“, that each soul will experience the results and consequences of its actions. Yet before all else, we must first take responsibility for our thoughts and emotions, for these serve as the foundation for all actions that emanate from us.
Islam first and foremost seeks to establish a proper paradigm with which to view the world and interact with creation. The basis and foundation of this paradigm is the eternal testament to truth, “There is no god but God“, and all that naturally corresponds from this.
We are clearly and definitively taught that God is Good, Merciful, Compassionate, Loving, Forgiving, Supportive, Giving, Generous and of Infinite Bounty. Thus, Islam and the Law of Attraction teach that a believer must engage the world with faith and with confidence, expecting success, abundance and prosperity in accordance and in alignment with Divine Nature and Divine Will.
When we approach life and living from this place of positive expectation, as is right and indicative of true faith and belief, not only are we naturally happier, more confident, joyous and grateful, but we also effortlessly attract to ourselves circumstances that correspond with this paradigm based in positive belief.
However, when we approach life with an attitude limited by fear, doubt and disbelief, it is no surprise that our lives become more difficult, dominated by negative events and circumstances. When operating from a negative paradigm, it is not surprising that the harder we struggle, the faster we sink.
Yet there is a way out of this downward spiral, and as counterintuitive as it may seem, it requires us not forcing solutions, but rather effecting internal change, and thus taking control of our external circumstances by first taking control of our internal psycho-spiritual state, first and foremost correcting our paradigm.
You cannot solve a problem with the same level of consciousness that created it.
Islam and the Law of Attraction: How Do You Feel?
With regards to Islam and the Law of Attraction, perhaps the most important question we can ask ourselves is, “How do I feel?”
How we feel is a direct result of what we are thinking. What we think is a direct result of what we believe. And what we believe is a direct result of our paradigm, the programmed worldview we operate from. This ultimately comes down to but the question, “Do we believe?”
If we believe, then all is good, for God is not absent and will carry us ultimately beyond difficulty and struggle. Yet if we do not truly believe, then we fall into hopelessness and despair, despondency and grief, and we gradually sink in sorrow.
It is not surprising then that when living from a place of faithlessness, we not only attract negative events and circumstances, but we also manifest the experience of realities which are in essence based in the absence of the Benevolent Presence of God, and thus devoid of divine love, mercy, grace and goodness.
Yet this is the burden of the power of choice and free will, a divine grant that was refused by all of creation save mankind, who in the words of the Holy Quran were “ignorant and an oppressive unto themselves.”
Thus, particularly in challenging situations and circumstances, it is absolutely imperative to maintain a positive psycho-spiritual state rooted in the foundation of faith and belief, i.e. to preserve a proper and positive perspective, for nothing will cause us to sink and fail faster than a negative mindset and attitude.
Your Attitude = Your Altitude
Your attitude equals your altitude, how high you can fly above the trials and tribulations of the world, and to what degree you can overcome the gravity of the ego-self. With a truly positive attitude and corresponding actions based in belief, you will ultimately find yourself in Paradise.
Furthermore, a negative attitude originating from a problematic paradigm will lead to force and forced solutions, which never lead to a positive or healthy result.
The question is one of independence versus dependence, of soul versus dunya (the world). Are you overwhelmed by the world, or are you able to transcend the limited and finite temporal illusory reality of dunya? Is what is inside you, your divine eternal soul, greater than dunya, or have you fallen into subservience to the world?
Islam and the Law of Attraction: The Power of Belief
What you seek is seeking you.
With regards to Islam and the Law of Attraction, the matter comes down to a fundamental question of faith, or belief. Belief in Allah, God, the Eternal Creator, and thus in Goodness, precludes the possibility of fear, depression and despondency.
This is critical, for it is our faith, our belief, our choice that allows the divine power and light of God to reach us. Otherwise, when out of alignment with truth, we literally bar the flow of divine providence psychically and so are left with but a diminished flow in the amount of the blessings and barakah of God that is seeking to reach us.
The Holy Quran continually affirms the importance of true faith in the life of the believer, and that this core confidence in the Divine keeps a human being in alignment with grace, and enables the flow of peace and prosperity to the individual and to the community.
Those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, and establish regular prayers and regular charity — they will have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
— Surah al-Baqarah (Holy Quran, 2:277)
3 Secrets to Mastering the Law of Attraction
The following three steps are critical in mastering the Law of Attraction in Islam, and in consciously cultivating a life of choice in alignment with truth, and a life experience based in divine purpose, peace and prosperity.
1. Practice Self-Purification
Islam is primarily the Path of Self-Purification, and it is incumbent upon every individual Muslim to learn to purify ourselves of the negative qualities of the ego.
We must remember that there are Two Dimensions to Islam: 1) the Outer, 2) the Inner. Often, religion tends to focus primarily on the outer, yet the very purpose of the external is to protect and provide expression to the internal. Without spirituality, religion is as a lifeless body, devoid of its true purpose, and often becomes the very antithesis of its very goal and purpose.
In order to master Islam and the Law of Attraction, it is imperative to engage in the path and practice of tazkiyyat an-nafs, purification of the self.
If one engages in external Islamic practice (fiqh), yet fails to honor internal Islamic practice (tasawwuf), he or she will become a hypocrite. And if one engages in the inner but neglects the outer, he or she will become a sinner. Only by carrying both the inner and outer dimensions of Islam can one reach the goal, al-Haq, the Truth.
— Imam Malik (ra)
2. Be Happy
When one believes truly and lives with faith and thus confidence, he or she out of natural alignment with Divine Will lives in a state of buoyancy, joy, light, love and gratitude.
In mastering Islam and the Law of Attraction, it is important to remember that our feelings are indications of our thoughts, which are the results of our beliefs and our paradigms.
By being mindful of your feelings, by developing emotional awareness and learning to uncover the deeper self that motivates and governs our choices and life experience, you can retake control of your psycho-spiritual state, and thus the external physical manifestation, our life experience, that is but the result and reflection of the inner world.
Thus said the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saws), “One hour of contemplation is more valuable than seventy years of worship.”
One hour of contemplation is more valuable than seventy years of worship.
— Prophet Muhammad (saws)
Ask yourself often, “How do I feel?” If you feel good, at peace and in harmony with the Universe, then know that you are in alignment with Divine Will, Goodness and Grace. Yet if you feel afraid, stressed, unhappy, depressed or despondent, then know that you have slipped out of alignment with your true self and with Truth.
If you feel anything other than excellent, I recommended the following as a practice to realign and reorient yourself with Truth:
- Make fresh ablutions (wudu).
- Pray 2 cycles of prayer (2 raka salah).
- Make istighfar, seek forgiveness by simply saying “astaghfirullah” (repeat as many times as you feel necessary).
- Be consciously grateful for at least five things.
The Five Daily Prayers are an excellent opportunity to practice this consistently, and so stay aligned with Goodness and Truth, naturally living in harmony with Islam and the Law of Attraction.
3. Be Present
The greatest impediment to joy, light and love is the ego-mind, the self that is based in separation. In order to survive, the ego requires past and future, and cannot exist in the purity and perfection of the present moment.
It is the ego that as a result of its requirement for separation needs to live in fear, anxiety and worry in order to survive, and it is thus the obstacle to naturally attracting positive and prosperous circumstances and results into our lives.
The key to transcending the ego-mind and dissolving its incessant chatter based in other than truth and peace is to begin learning to live in the present moment.
Islamic Meditation is an invaluable tool in learning to live in the present moment, to transcend the self, and so naturally employ the Law of Attraction towards creating a life based in divine providence and prosperity.
Your World is in Your Hands
The key to mastering Islam and the Law of Attraction is in mastering your self. By learning to still and silence the ego-mind, which tends towards negative thoughts and feelings, you open yourself to the natural abundance and prosperity that flows from the Divine Presence.
As human beings, we have been created with divine honor as representatives of the Almighty, and when in alignment with Divine Will, we naturally attract positive and supportive circumstances.
Islamic Meditation is the key to rediscovering your divine purpose and your true, powerful and authentic self.