Posted in Contemporary Concerns, Poetics, Virtues of Being, tagged Isra, Limitations of the intellect, Lote Tree, Me'raj, Mothers Milk, Prophet Muhammad, Rivers, Shaykh Seraj Hendricks, Sidrat al Muntaha, Spirituality on June 8, 2013|
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One of the endearing motifs of higher spiritual consciousness in Islam is al-Sidrat al-Muntaha, the Lote Tree of the Furthest Boundary – which represents both the peak and the limitations of human intellect, the point where mind must surrender to heart and soul, in submission to the Unseen.
The Lote Tree with its extensive shade, its delicious fruit and exquisite fragrance, traditionally symbolizes Iman (secure faith). The shade of “action” represents rahmah (mercy); the fruit represents “intentions” and any productive consequence that may result from that intention; while the “fragrance” of the tree represents speech and communication infused with wisdom and knowledge – a wisdom and a knowledge that refuse to engage other than the very best and most endearing ways and means of debate and argumentation.
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