The Universe is Alive

Although seldom spoken about, Islam is a way and a path that is deeply connected to the natural world and the cycles of the Universe. One of the most important realizations that come directly from the teachings of the blessed and noble Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the Holy Qur’an is the fact that the entire Universe is alive and that we live in an ocean of consciousness.

The Universe is Alive and Conscious

Allah Almighty affirms throughout the Qur’an that the heavens, the earth and all between them are conscious, alive and praising their Lord, Creator and Sustainer.

The seven heavens and the earth and all that is within them glorify He. There is not a single thing that does not celebrate His praise, yet you do not understand their glorification. Verily, He is the Forbearing, the Forgiving!

Surah al-Isra (Holy Qur’an, 17:44)

From these blessed and sacred verses, and many others like unto them, it is clear that the entire Universe is alive and conscious, and that it joyously glorifies and praises its Creator.

To Be a Muslim is to Be in Harmony

The Muslim is, by definition, he or she who is in harmony with all that is through deep internal spiritual surrender. By relinquishing internal resistance to the Will of God as it manifests in the present moment, the believer awakens to the reality that the Universe is alive.

Through deep and unconditional internal spiritual surrender, the Muslim surrenders through their breath, which directly connects the human being to his or her Creator. Deep and conscious breathing not only connects the human being to the Universe, but also to the Divine Presence of God.

I created him and breathed into him of My Spirit.

Surah al-Hijr (Holy Qur’an, 15:29)

Breath is the Key to Surrender

Carrying deep secrets of creation, conscious breathing is so important in Islam and in spiritual development that the great Shaykh Abdul Khaliq al-Ghujdawani (qs) who lived in the 12th Century of the Common Era established it as the very first pillar of the spiritual path in his famous 8 Principles Spirituality of the Khawajagan Naqshbandi Masters of Central Asia.

Every breath which is inhaled and exhaled with presence is alive and connected with the Divine Presence. Every breath inhaled and exhaled with heedlessness is dead and disconnected from the Divine Presence.

Shaykh Abdul Khaliq al-Ghujdawani (qs)

While life based in fear results in tension, contraction and compromised breath, living in faith and presence through surrender and relaxation results in expansion, connection, healing and spiritual awakening.

By focusing on and becoming one with your breath, you transcend the mind, time and the world and awaken heart and soul-based consciousness. In this state, one becomes increasingly aware that the entire Universe is alive and conscious. Through such conscious awareness and spiritual surrender, one increasingly becomes selfless through transcendence of ego-based consciousness, thereby rising in God-consciousness and awareness in the Divine Presence of Truth.

The Universe is Alive

By becoming aware that the Universe is alive, the believer begins to develop a deep connection, love and reverence for all things and for all lifeforms. The Muslim thus acts and lives with excellence in every dimension of his or her life, and each act is conscious, intentional, aware and infused with love and compassion.

Such a conscious and connected state and way of life is indicative of a living heart,  the ultimate goal of the spiritual path and of religion itself. It is for this reason that Shah Naqshband (qs), in addition to the 8 Principles established by Shaykh Abdul Khaliq al-Ghujdawani (qs), added an additional three for a total of eleven, the last and final being Heart Based Consciousness.

Tension which is a result of the ego-mind and its inherent fear can be transcended through surrender, relaxation and conscious breathing, thus elevating the individual in consciousness and awareness, and enabling the seeker to progress in the journey from the self to the Divine.

Relax, breathe deep, surrender, believe and trust in your Lord and Sustainer, and deepen your connection with the Universe.

To your divine and eternal success.

Awaken Your Heart and Soul

By learning to deepen one’s state of surrender through relaxed and conscious breathing, the believer transcends the fear, worry, stress and anxiety of the mind.

Thus does one shift from mind and ego-based consciousness to heart and soul-based consciousness.

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13 Comments on “The Universe is Alive”

    1. Allahumma Sali ‘ala Sayyiduna Muhammad ﷺ. Allah Ta’ala al-Kareem. Thank you, and best and most blessed regards, Esther. To your divine and eternal success.

      1. Bismillahi alhamdulillah..terima kasih atas perkongsian ini..semoga Allah sentiasa merahmati , menikmati dan memberkatimu wahai sahabatku..

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    1. Shukran beloved brother, I look forward to watching the video and with God’s will, attending the suhba of Shaykh Kabir. May our paths cross on the journey Home. To your divine and eternal success.

    1. Best of blessings, peace, safety, security and support be with you and your loved ones, dear brother Mohammad. To your divine, eternal and absolute success.

  2. Subhanallah!! Such thought a thought provoking talk, I felt I needed to hear this for a long time. Thank you for soothing our hearts, May Allah bless you.

    1. Masha’llah, wal-hamdulillah. All light, healing and sustenance come from Allah Almighty. Keep us in your prayers, dear sister Yasmin, that Allah Almighty with His grace and mercy enable us to remove ourselves that His will and power flows without obstruction, and that He Almighty use each of us to the best of our capacities in channeling more light into our world. Be well and blessed, to your divine success.

  3. Alhamdulillah. I’m going through a rough time in life and really needed this kind of enlightenment, to remember and to cherish life as it has been given to us by Allah. Thank you.

    1. Truly, all praise and glory is to God, the One, the Eternal, the Loving, the Compassionate, the Generous, the Most Merciful. It is of utmost importance, my brother Ali, to never despair of the greatness and mercy of God, and to have firm faith in He Almighty. Life is a test. Be firm, be strong, be victorious. To your divine and eternal success.

  4. Thank you dear brother for this in-depth view of our beautiful Islam. I am very interested in meditation and spirituality and I have always felt that nature is my refugee when feeling sad. I also believe in the natural healing power of nature represented in plants, herbs and essential oils. I am also drawn to natural stones and can feel their energy. Do you believe they can carry healing energy for us in their consciousness? May Allah bless you!

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