Singularity ‘I’

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To motion from one point to another, there are rules that are to be followed or else the motion ceases. The point or region wherein the rules of motion break or become nonsensical is called the singularity. The pencil’s tip moves along the smooth paths on the cone, for as long as there are smooth paths there are motions of the pencil’s tip, unless reaching the tip of the cone where all smooth paths end and therefore such tip is called a conical-singularity:

Imagine two realms or two universes, each universe is endowed with different set of rules for motion; going from one realm to another there must be a region where the rules of either universe is no longer valid i.e. a singularity and the object leaves one universe to enter another via the singularity. For example a larva crosses the singularity of a cocoon to adopt new rules of motion i.e. aerial flight abandoning the completely incompatible crawling motion on branches. 

Sifāt or Divine Attributes are singularities. As an example, Mercy is non-existent in the cosmos i.e. there are no atomic or stellar structures or cosmic rules that can be called Mercy; however there is such singularity, through which, entities made from living or unliving or behaviours or thoughts or speech enter into this Mercy-free physical reality and suddenly presence of Mercy is felt e.g. it rains and crops grow thus people feel Mercy has come to them while a moment before they were in despair i.e. felt no Mercy.

Likewise all other Divine Attributes form corresponding singularities, each allowing for entrance of amazing alien behaviours or thoughts or feelings into the cosmos e.g. Justice, Creativity and so on.

One of the most peculiar and most extraordinary such Divine Attribute is ‘I’:

20:14 Inna I (am) Allah, no deity other than I

 إِنَّنِي أَنَا اللَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنَا

‘I’, a Divine Attribute, is a singularity through which the individual personas of all of humans enter into this persona-free cosmos.

The rules of cosmos are constrained (Surat) by the Actualizer (Inna) ‘no deity other than I’ and by approaching the singularity of ‘I’ the rules of cosmos break up, violated and become nonsensical.

Remark: For that matter in Sufism the invocation of ‘I’ and verbiage of ‘my’ or ‘mine’ are discouraged.

All evil entered into the cosmos via the singularity of ‘I’:

7:12 I (Satan) (am) better than him (Adam)

أَنَا خَيْرٌ مِنْهُ

Human limbs and senses become the Muzhir (Spatial ‘place’ for a Singularity to appear through) for ‘I’:

“(I, Allah) became his hearing that he hears with, (I, Allah) became his vision that he sees with, his hand he strikes with and his leg he walks with”

الجامع الصغير. - لجلال الدين السيوطي
المجلد الثاني >> [تتمة باب حرف الألف]
1752- إن الله تعالى قال: من عادى لي وليا فقد آذنته بالحرب، وما تقرب إلي عبدي بشيء أحب إلي مما افترضته عليه، وما يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه، فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره الذي يبصر به، ويده التي يبطش بها، ورجله التي يمشي بها، وإن سألني لأعطينه، وإن استعاذني لأعيذنه، وما ترددت عن شيء أنا فاعله ترددي عن قبض نفس المؤمن: يكره الموت، وأنا أكره مساءته
التخريج (مفصلا): صحيح البخاري عن أبي هريرة
تصحيح السيوطي: صحيح

Remark: Allah might choose any member of the creation as Muzhir for ‘I’ e.g. the burning bush that was the conduit for the Singularity of ‘I’ [20:11-12], none of which is our business or subject to our questioning.

And some members of Mankind come too close to the Singularity of ‘I’ and might peek a quick glance into the other universe i.e. Malakut (Realm of Spiritualities) and feel deified:

79:24. (Pharaoh) said: I (am) your Lord the Loftiest

 فَقَالَ أَنَا رَبُّكُمُ الْأَعْلَى 

And the rules of human rational and reasoning break up near the Singularity of ‘I’:

Mansour Hallaj
“I said: If you do not know Hu (IT, He) then get to know ITs side-effects (Divine Artifact), and ‘I’ (is) such a side-effect (Artifact of Allah’s Presence), ‘I’ (is) the Absolute Reality (Haqq that of Allah), for sure ‘I’ did not (shall not) cease or die down by means of Al-Haqq (Absolute reality due to Allah) for true.”

طاسين الأزل
و قلت أنا: ان لم تعرفوه  فاعرفوا أثره و أنا ذلك الأثر و أنا الحق لأني ما زلت أبدا بالحق حقا

He did not say ‘I am Allah’, may Allah ease his journey and cleanse him off the deeds of our people.

And because of all what was written above, when the servant is nearing Allah s/he distances away from ‘I’ and for that matter the ‘my’ of ‘my Lord’ is omitted from the Language of Dhikr (Remembrance):

20:114. And say (Muhammad): (my) Lord increase me in knowledge

 وَقُلْ رَبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا 

For those on the Path seeking after knowledge, know that ‘I’ dulls the mind and reduces the deductive powers and intellectual observations, albeit the apparent superiority over the people:

28:38. Pharaoh said: “O Chiefs! No deity do I know for you but me”

 وَقَالَ فِرْعَوْنُ يَا أَيُّهَا الْمَلَأُ مَا عَلِمْتُ لَكُمْ مِنْ إِلَهٍ غَيْرِي

Thus eyes going blind incapable of seeing the terrific knowledge Allah deposited within others:

7:12 I (Satan) (am) better than him (Adam)

أَنَا خَيْرٌ مِنْهُ

And the invoker of ‘I’ shall pull the cloak of abject darkness over all around:

21:87. He (Jonah) invoked in the darkness: No deity other than You, You be Sanctified, I was from the shadow-casters (Zalim)

فَنَادَى فِي الظُّلُمَاتِ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

We all said ‘I’, we all shall say ‘I’, and so will our progeny, for that matter facing your I-ness just say: Subhana-Ka (You Be Sanctified).

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