Supplication

Vishnu Neppala: Jawshan Kabir Supplication

Vishnu Neppala: Jawshan Kabir Supplication

From Jawshan Kabir’s supplications, I was especially interested in the set of passages on page 47, which focus on the property of light, and the comparison of the divine to light. The reason I found this so profound was because of the intense focus on this natural property, and the significance of light in Sufi(…)

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Jesse Miller: Sufism and the Jawshan Kabir Supplication Text

Jesse Miller: Sufism and the Jawshan Kabir Supplication Text

Prayer thirty-one of the Jawshan Kabir contains an apparent contradiction that threatens to confound the logic of and question the assumptions behind the supplications the text contains. Line nine of this prayer reads, “O He of whom everything is in need, while He is never in need of anything, not even food or drink” (p.(…)

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What is a Miracle?

What is a Miracle?

Fazlur Rahman argues that miracles are not merely composed of supranatural events such as those that Prophet Moses was able to perform but in actuality, miracles are inherent in our very existence. “Nature is in fact so well-knit and works with such regularity that it is the prime miracle of God,” Rahman posits (68). It(…)

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Life’s Miracles

Life’s Miracles

  In Major Themes of the Qur’an, author Fazlur Rahman writes concerning why God created human beings and their responsibility to act ethically: The purpose of man’s creation is that he do good in the world, not substitute himself for God and think that he can make and unmake the moral law at his own(…)

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Rachel Zuckerman

Rachel Zuckerman

Al-Jawshan al-Kabir and Sufi Concepts          This prayer book, Al-Jawshan al-Kabir, immediately highlights the concepts universal to all of Sufism, and much of religion, of oneness and love. This prayer is divided into one hundred parts each separated by a declaration of God as a single entity. Additionally the understanding that the(…)

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Mengchen Xu

Mengchen Xu

In Chapter 27 of Prayer for All, the Prophet indicates the individual connection between God and every human being. In an exoteric world, God is the creator of the cosmos, including every world and existence within the cosmos. In an esoteric world, he belongs to everyone exclusively. Whatever people encounter in their lives, he is(…)

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Ari Schwartz

Ari Schwartz

In the prayer book, Prayer For All, I particularly like the calligraphy of Chapter 15. The first nine all start off with the same phrase in the writings. The long line accenting the beginning of all of the prayers except for the last one is an especially beautiful and meaningful. The first nine prayers are(…)

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Anita Peebles

Anita Peebles

Prayer 26 represents the omnipotence of Allah in the Islamic worldview in several different ways. By referring to Allah as “Lord of the Sacred House, the Ka’ba…the sacred months…the Sacred Mosque in Mecca,” etc., Allah is shown as an all-powerful and all-present deity whose realm does not only extend to the divine, but also recognizable(…)

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Jesse Miller

Jesse Miller

This collection of prayers emphasizes one of the main aesthetic principles in the Islamic worldview through its use of artful calligraphy. Practicing calligraphy earns Muslims supererogatory credit that will be counted for them during the Day of Judgment. Islam underscores the importance of Arabic as a language by valuing the act of rendering it beautifully(…)

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Zoe Martens

Zoe Martens

The prayers reveal the nature of God and how he interacts with his human creations. As seen in the prayer on pages 5-6, God is named as “the best”, proving he is unlike any other being, exemplifying the concept of tanzih. But the names he is given such as “forgiver” and “helper” show God’s mercy,(…)

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Elena Makansi

Elena Makansi

Sufi Concepts in al-Jawshan al-Kabir (A Prayer for All) A Prayer for All exemplifies many Sufi concepts that we’ve learned about this semester. In the following pages I will outline some of the ways in which fundamental Sufi ideas – about knowledge, spirituality, metaphysics, lifestyle, etc – are revealed through God’s names and attributes. I(…)

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Dana Lipper

Dana Lipper

I looked at Prayers 41 and 42. I think that both prayers show that the divine is everywhere and all around us. Prayer 41 really points out the many different places that the divine can be. Islamic Cosmology stresses that the divine is everywhere. Part of Islamic belief in God is believing in the unseen.(…)

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Zack Knoll

Zack Knoll

Verses on page 16 of the prayer book highlight the importance of monotheism in the Islamic faith as well as the concept that God is evoked in all aspects of life. The verses that read: “There is no god but You! / We beg for mercy, protect us from Hell! / O the only Lord(…)

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Johnnie Kallas

Johnnie Kallas

Prayer #42 provides very interesting insight on how believers of Islam view God.  According to the prayer, God is an approachable figure to which many different types of individuals can seek refuge.  Not only does God aid and guide beneficent and trustworthy people, He willingly helps sinners and those without friends.  For example, line six(…)

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Caio Ingber

Caio Ingber

Prayer 24 of this collection of prayers from the Prophet is center on the principle of tawhid, which emphasizes the omnipotence of God. By emphasizing the all powerfulness of God, this prayer simultaneously tells its believers of the eternal presence of the all-seeing Allah. Because of God’s eternal presence, He is constantly assessing human actions(…)

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Abbie Hudson

Abbie Hudson

This verse of prayer outlines some important aspects of Islamic cosmology and worldview. First of all, it places a lot of emphasis on the absoluteness of God. It refers to God as the Withholder, “who prevents anything he does not want to give,” the Repeller, and Creator of all things. It also says God “expands(…)

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