The third of the seven leading names is al-Qadir, the Powerful.
Originating power brought forth a universe. All the energy that would ever exist in the entire course of time erupted in a single quantum - a singular gift - existence. If in the future, stars would blaze and lizards would blink in their light, these actions would be powered by the same numinous energy that flared forth at the dawn of time.
- Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story.
I remember a Persian verse made by my murshid which relates to the self: 'When I feel that now I can make peace with my self, it finds time to prepare another attack.' That is our condition. We think that our little faults, since they are small, are of no consequence; or we do not even think of them at all. But every little fault is a flag for the little self, for its own dominion. In this way battling makes man the sovereign of the kingdom of God. Very few can realize the great power in battling with and conquering the self. But what does man generally do? He says, 'My poor self, it has to withstand the conflicts of this world; should I also battle with this self?' So he surrenders his kingdom to his little self, depriving himself of the divine power that is in the heart of man.
- Hazrat Inayat Khan
5th Kalama (dictated to Murshid Martin by Pir-o-Murshid):
La ilaha illa'llah
wahdahu la sharika lah
lahu'l-mulk wa lahu'l-hamd
wa huwwa 'ala kulli shayin qadir
There is no god but God; in His unity He has no partner; To Him is dominion and for Him is all praise and He is Almighty.
Ya Qahhar (O Prevailer), Ya Jabbar (O Compeller), Ya Mutakabbir (O Majestic)
Ya Qadir, Ya Muqtadir (O Potent)
Fikr: inhale Qadir exhale Muqtadir
Right foot Rasul
Left foot Maqbul
Fast (sunrise to sunset) one day per week.
Wake up for midnight prayers.
Master one uncontrolled and undesired habit.
Examine the interrelationship of compassion, wisdom, and power in one's life.
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