Reality of Water –
Spiritual Understanding of Wudu (Ablution) of
the Blood, Heart, and Soul
From the Realities of Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani (Q) as taught by Shaykh Nurjan Mirahmadi.
A’udhu Billahi Minash Shaitanir Rajeem
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the rejected one
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Alhamdulillah we are asking to be nothing and to enter into the oceans of Allah’s Rahmah and Mercy. Alhamdulillah, awliyaullah (saints) come into our lives and expand everything. They expand the horizon, expand the understanding, expand the realities from Holy Qur’an, from holy hadith, from every aspect of our life, it begins an expansion in realities. That far beyond the world of form, that to understand the world of light, to understand the world of energy, to understand the world of sound.
Every aspect of reality is far greater than just the physical. And they teach, that teaching towards that reality to be uplifting. If what we are learning is only the physical, it has a limited benefit for the physical body. But there must be a food, there must be reality that is affecting the soul; and that which you teach in regards to the soul is going to be an eternal dress on the body.
Wudu (Ablution) According to Different Levels of Knowledge
The guides come into our lives and they teach us that from the ‘ilm al-shari’ah (Knowledge of Jurisprudence), ‘ilm al-tariqah (knowledge of Spiritual Path), the ilm al-ma’rifah (Knowledge of Gnosticism), ‘ilm al-haqiqah (Knowledge of Realities), ‘ilm al-‘azemah (Knowledge of Determination). That in every knowledge there must be darajats (levels) of the knowledge, where most people stay only on the outside.
Understanding of Wudu (Ablution) in Basic Shari’ah
We gave example, many times from Mawlana Shaykh’s teaching is that wudu (ablution). That many teach the shari’ah aspect of wudu, that you have to wash, how much of the water to use so that it’s clean. Then how to wash yourself so that your hands, your arms, your face, your ears, your feet, your nose, your mouth, everything is covered and washed. And this is from, and only an introduction of ‘ilm al-shari’ah.
Understanding The Reality of Water
‘Ilm al-tariqah, ‘ilm al-ma’rifah, haqiqah, wal ‘azimah,begin to teach that why you have to wash, because you don’t have the right to ask why. But as soon as you are patient in life and take a path towards realities, Allah will begin to expand the heart and the teachers begin to teach. They teach that: that water has a reality within it. And that water has an angelic force within it because Allah described that, ‘My Throne is upon that water’.
… ۗ وَهُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ وَكَانَ عَرْشُهُ عَلَى الْمَاءِ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا
11:7 – “Wa huwal ladhee khalaqas samawati wal arda fee sittati ayyamin, wa kana ‘arshuHu ‘alal maa ye, liyabluwakum ayyukum ahsanu ‘amalan, …” (Surat Hud)
“And it is He who created the heavens and the earth in six days – and His Throne had been upon water – that He might test you as to which of you is best in deed…”(Holy Quran)
‘My Throne is upon that water’ means they begin to teach that: there is a ma’rifah of that mai مَاءِ (water), meem م alif ا. Everywhere you look must be La ilaha illallah Muhammadun RasulAllahﷺ. Even in mai مَاءِ, meem م alif ا. And Allah describes, ‘My Throne is upon that water’. Means ooh! There must be a secret, a ma’rifa of that water.
Water has an Angelic Power
One basic understanding is its angelic power; and because it’s angelic, it’s stable. If it was gas, it would be very difficult to work with in life. But because of mala’ika, it’s stable force and power. If you take 1 hydrogen away, that becomes explosive [HO – Hydrogen Monoxide]. That’s the degree of its power. All our oceans are that potential danger. So when you want to know how Allah can bring an end to this dunya (earth), He merely commands 1 of the hydrogen, ‘Rise,’ and all the water itself is explosive. What is making it stable is the 2H in H2O. If 1H (Hydrogen) leaves, it’s explosive.
Then awliya (saints) come and teach us: water is very powerful. As soon as you leave the water for certain amount of days, you see a green begin to form. That is the mala’ika. That is the angelic force that shows you that mai brings life; because the green in the mildew. It’s a life force within that.
Spiritual Understanding of Wudu (Ablution)
So then they begin to teach now the understanding of wudu begins to elevate because you’re taught the element in which you’re washing. You are washing with a very powerful force, an angelic force. And all the difficulty that you acquire throughout the day, your body is like a bus. We have a body and we have a soul. As soon as we move in the world, every subtle energy can move through you, from microwave, television wave, to all the different spiritual beings that Allah has created. They all move through the physicality; they all either occupy the physicality or pass through the physicality.
So what Prophet ﷺ wanted for us was the perfection of energy, but he didn’t have to describe it. He merely told the Companions, they understood the reality and they taught the shari’ah aspect of it that: you wash. And for deeper knowledge, they went into the ma’rifah of that, that when we’re washing, there is an angelic force in that water, a life force within that water. As soon as we put it on, it begins to burn away all difficulty. It begin to wash away all fire and begin to dress you with an angelic light, a shield.
Salat al Wudu Shields Your Energy
And then they come into our lives and teach that: as soon as you wash, washing your mouth, your face, your hands, your feet, washing all the private parts if you had used the restroom; as soon as you wash, come out and pray Salat ul-Wudu to seal yourself with your energies because as soon as you pray 2 rakah Salat ul-Wudu, that water and angelic force becomes a shield that protects you until the next wudu.
Then they begin, because now you are going deeper into the ma’rifa of wudu, not just you just have to wash and that’s it; there is a whole oceans of reality. That why are you washing with that, what power does that water have? Then the guides begin to teach: as you are washing the body, you should be understanding the washing of the internal reality, the importance of water and that your body is 70% water. So then the water within my being, how am I purifying that water?
Purify the Blood and the Water Within
Then they go into the blood, that the body has 70% water. If we want healing and we want to build our energy, we have to understand why we are washing, dressing by these lights and these realities. As we are washing the outside, we have to be washing the inside. The water inside is the blood.
So how do you wash the blood? Prophetﷺ describes shaitan moves through the blood. That’s why the fasting; that’s why the importance of eating halal, drinking and breathing halal. It affects: your breath, from your lungs, is going to affect your blood. What you eat will go into your stomach and affect the blood. What you breath will affect the blood. So then why are they only focusing on the outside washing and they don’t teach the inside washing? The outside is the donkey that going to be buried in the ground. Nobody is taking their body to Allah. You’re just making the body to be clean in dunya so that you can bring out the reality of your soul.
But ahl ul-haqqa’iq (people of realities) they come into our lives and begin to teach: elevate beyond the kindergarten understanding. That when you’re washing, understand the reality of that washing, but begin your internal washing. Begin to understand that your blood has to be cleansed. That when you begin to make du’a on your food and eating halal, your blood is now being washed. When you begin to be conscious of your breath and your breathing. Don’t put anything into your mouth that going to contaminate your blood. Just as you are washing the body, you wouldn’t take a feces and put it on your head.
Shaitan is Attacking Your Heart through the Blood
So imagine whatever you put in your mouth and put in as a drink or food is going to affect the blood; then that blood is going to go and hit the heart, what they call heart attack. It’s attacking the heart; and ‘qalb al-mu’min baytullah‘.
قَلْبَ الْمُؤْمِنْ بَيْتُ الرَّبْ
“Qalb al mu’min baytur rabb.”
“The heart of the believer is the House of the Lord.” Hadith Qudsi
So it is shaitan that is attacking the house of Allah. Shaitan knows the system and knows that Allah is not going to be occupying the mind; Allah is going to occupy the heart. And he says, ‘These Bani Adam, if he becomes powerful, he be like 1000 men. It’s enough for me to begin to attack him. I’ll influence what he eats, I’ll influence what he drinks, I’ll influence what he breathes and I will bring him down by contaminating and poisoning his blood.’ And then he moves within that blood.
Means they begin to teach in our lives: it’s far greater than just washing and somebody describing how to put their fingers and their hands. That’s only washing of the outside. The reality of that water, the reality of the water within, the reality of purifying all the organs. That when that blood is moving through the body, how the zikr and the breath is going to purify that blood.
Importance of Breath and Zikrullah as it Purifies the Blood
Then you look at the physiology of breathing- why is zikr so powerful? When they say the nafas ar-rahmah (breath of mercy). Why is it nafas ar-rahmah? Because everything is based on that breath. All masha’ikh came and said that you have 24,000 secrets in 1 day, 24,000 pockets of life in 1 day. The quality of your life is from breath to breath. If Allah doesn’t grant a breath, the person dies. So each one is a secret of life.
So they make that breath in zikrullah, in remembrance, in a consciousness of Allah. That, ‘Ya Rabbi, before I try to ask for everything else in this dunya that I want, I have to be grateful for this breath that You gave me, this reality that You gave me. Then you begin to see the breath that we are breathing is going to the lungs, the lungs are producing the blood, the blood is shooting into the heart; and that is the house of Allah. So if you want the house of Allah within the heart, you have to sanctify and purify the breath.
What you eat through the mouth is going to affect the stomach and the belly; and that again is going to affect the blood that enters into the heart. So then there is a wudu inside the being, inside the body that going to affect the heart. And that is the wudu of the inner reality. Now that begins to affect the soul.
Within the Secret of Water is the Zikr of Hu
From the ‘azimat they begin to teach that: that breath and that air that you are breathing, it contains the elements of mai (water). Everything around us has from the secret of water; and within the secret of water is the zikr of Hu. And through the zikr of Hu, they are able to pull out the force of energy within everything. Every molecule that exists with its hamd (praise), “yusabbiHu bi hamdi.”
تُسَبِّحُ لَهُ السَّمَاوَاتُ السَّبْعُ وَالْأَرْضُ وَمَن فِيهِنَّ ۚ وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّهُ كَانَ حَلِيمًا غَفُورًا ٤٤
17:44 – “Tusabbihu lahus samawatus sab’u wal ardu wa man fee hinna wa in min shayin illa yusabbihu bihamdihi wa lakin la tafqahoona tasbeehahum innahu kana haleeman ghafoora.” (Surat Al Isra)
“The seven heavens and the earth and whatever is in them exalt [praises] Him. And there is not a thing except that it exalts [Him] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting. Indeed, He is Forbearing and Forgiving.” (Holy Quran, The Night Journey 17:44)
With the hamd that Allah gave that being, like you- whether it’s yourself, your physicality or your atom and molecules- the inner power within it, who’s the “bi hamdi”? It’s the Hu. It’s the zikr of the Hu within that element which is its power. So then the guides begin to teach: that the wudu of the soul is the zikr Hu. And all masha’ikh (guides’), their zikr is ‘AllahHu, AllahHu’; to bring the purity of the soul.
The Angelic Fire of Water Will Burn the Badness within
That as you are beginning to breathe, that you wash the outside, you understood the power of water, the importance of how this water is an angelic fire that burns all badness: “Qul ja al-haqq wa zahaq al-batil.”
وَ قُلْ جَآءَالْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَطِلُ، إِنَّ الْبَطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا
17:81 – “Wa qul jaa alhaqqu wa zahaqal baatil, innal batila kana zahooqa.” (Surat Al-Isra)
“And say, “Truth has come, and falsehood has perished. Indeed falsehood, [by its
nature], is ever perishing/bound to perish (The Night Journey 17:81)
The haqq (truth) comes: the shaitans move, but they go inside. You didn’t scare them; they went inside to hide. Then Prophet ﷺ came and taught all of the realities of the eating. That make the wudu inside because now they are hiding inside. So then your consciousness of your breath of what you eat and what you drink and what you put into your mouth, now is the wudu inside. That you are fiercely fighting all the energies inside, where they can’t find no safety. They are burning inside and they’re burning outside with your wudu and they begin to leave.
Then they begin to teach that as you begin to breathe and make your zikr, that is now the force of energy upon the soul. And bi zikr Hu, you can pull from that energy all around us. That zikr Hu is from ikhlas and sincerity. It’s the only surah that Allah said, “Qul“- say- “Hu“. Forget the rest. “Qul Hu…”
قُلْ هُوَ اللَّـهُ أَحَدٌ ﴿١
112:1 -0″ Qul Hu Allahu Ahad. (1) (Surat al Ikhlas)
Say, “Hu (He) Allah is One. (1) “ (The Sincerity 112)
“Qul Hu قل هو ” Allah’s Qaf ق , “Qaf, wal-Qur’an al-majid (Quran 50:1)” to the lam ل , lisan al-haqq (tongue of Truth), that Allah’s ‘Azimat and Order قل is upon that Hu هو .
ق ۚ وَالْقُرْآنِ الْمَجِيدِ ١
50:1– “Qaf, wal Quranil Majeed. ” (Surat Qaf)
“Qaf. By the honored Qur’an. ” (Holy Quran 50:1)
By imitating that Hu, you would be dressed from that reality, blessed from that reality and granted a dress of ikhlas and sincerity. It means that is the reality of wudu, not just how to wash your hands. And they make many different YouTubes on how to wash your fingers, your hands and your toes. But what’s the reality of the water? What’s the reality within us? What’s the reality of the blood within us, which is our water? How to combat the inside, the outside; and then the breath and how to take all the energy that around us and bring it into the breath and purify and sanctify the soul.
Subhana rabbika rabbal ‘izzati ‘amma yasifoon, wa salaamun ‘alal mursaleen, wal hamdulillahi rabbil ‘aalameen.
Bi hurmati Muhammad al-Mustafa wa bi sirri surat al-Fatiha.
[Special thanks to sister Saira and sister Hafsa for their help with transcribing this suhbah.]
- Wudu of the Blood, Heart, and Soul
- Secrets of Water and Wudu – Levels of Knowledge
- Internal Energy and External Protection
- Power of the Sunnah – Part 2 – Protection Against Bad Energy (Siwak, Ring, Cane, Energy, Wudu)
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