And a final hadith about this topic before I move on to how the process of easing works…
Suraka bin Jush’m asks the Rasul (saw), “O Rasul of Allah! Are deeds formed due to what has been written by the Pen that writes the fates, in which case everything has already been written and the ink has already dried, or do they form in the future, without being predetermined?” The Rasul (saw) answered, “Your deeds have been predetermined by fate and written by the Pen, the ink of which has already dried! Whatever you have been created for is what will be eased for you!”
So, how is this process of easing and guidance carried out?
I had explained above that guidance was administered by the name Latif.
Let me try and explain what this means, after I share the following words by the Rasul (saw):
“Indeed, Allah the Sublime created everything in darkness, then shed His light (nur) upon them; those who took a share of this light are rightly guided, while those who didn’t are misguided. Then the ink of the Pen dried.”
Let’s also remember the verses:
“Allah guides (enables the observation of His innermost essential reality) to whom He wills.”
“And He leads to the reality by the (Names comprising the essence of the) stars (the people of the reality, the hadith: ‘My Companions are like the stars; whoever among them you follow, you will reach the truth’) ...!”
“And the stars are subjected by and in service to His command (the stars are also a manifestation of the meanings of the Names comprising their essence) ...”
“He governs the earth (the brain) from the heaven (through the cosmic electromagnetic energy emanating from the qualities of the Names in the form of celestial constellations [star signs] that affect the second brain in the gut and thus one’s consciousness, or from an internal perspective, through the Names that become manifest in one’s brain based on the holographic reality) ...”
“It is Allah who created the seven heavens, and of the earth, the like of them. His command continually (without interruption) manifests between them (astrological [angelic] influences that are also manifestations of Allah’s Names and their effect on creation).”
“Who created you (manifested you), formed you (with a brain, an individual consciousness and a spirit) and balanced you (the work process of your brain, consciousness and spirit)! Whatever form (manifestation of Names) He willed for you; He configured your composition accordingly.”
Imam Ghazali writes in his Ihya-u Ulumuddeen that ibn Abbas (ra) one of the scholars among the disciples says:
“If I were to interpret the meaning of the verse ‘It is Allah who created the seven heavens, and of the earth, the like of them. His command continually (without interruption) manifests between them’ surely you would call me an unbeliever and stone me to death!”
“He governs the earth (the brain) from the heaven…”
“And the stars are subjected by and in service (with the rays they permeate) to His command (the stars are also a manifestation of the meanings of the Names comprising their essence) ...”
So, what is their duty?
Surely, they haven’t been created to adorn the skies with their pretty lights?
Let’s be realistic and see things objectively for what they really are rather than how we’d like to see them…
Since Allah is the infinite existence, there is no other existence besides Him. Everything we see and label is His conscious forms, existent and subsistent with the meanings of His Names.
Their only difference is the degree of manifestation of the various Names in their composition. Thus, it is always Allah who governs through every unit of existence and interacts with other units, guides, shapes and aids towards their purpose of existence.
There is no other Creator, Rabb, Guider, Mahdi, Muyhi, Mumit besides Him! But, because we don’t really comprehend this, we interpret things in ways that indicate denial.
Either we exalt Him beyond our imagination, beyond the heavens, beyond or further away from anything we can ever fathom! Or, we reduce Him to everything we can see; claiming every ‘thing’ is Him and thus limiting His infinite existence to His manifestations, even claiming our individuality to be Him!
Or else, we try to prove ‘everything’ exists, that you and I and him and her and every other being also exist alongside with Allah, yet again applying a limitation to Him! And then we talk at random about the things He makes us do!