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Ahmadiyyat Islamic Concepts and Beliefs The Nature of God

Spiritual Magnetism

The Promised Messiah (as) & IMAM MAHDI (GUIDED ONE), Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as)

The rank of those who are absorbed in God is greater than those who are seekers on the path of God. Allah Almighty does not leave the former group of people to go on as mere seekers; rather, He casts them into adversity Himself and then pulls them towards Himself through his eternally spiritual magnetism. All the prophets were absorbed in God as such. When the human soul is faced with hardship it is strained and gains experience, and as a result, begins to glow. For example, iron or glass possess the inherent quality to shine but only become clear after repeated polishing to the extent that one is eventually able to see their own face reflected in these materials. Spiritual efforts also serve as a polishing agent. One ought to polish the heart to such an extent that one is able to see in it a reflection of their own face. What is implied by seeing one’s own face? It means to embody the following:

تَخَلَّقُوْا بِأَخْلَاقِ اللّه

Develop within yourselves the attributes of Allah

The heart of a seeker of God is like a mirror, which is polished by trial and tribulation to such extent that the character of the Holy Prophet (sa) begins to be reflected in it. This occurs when, after much spiritual effort and purification, no traces of filth and impurity remain. It is then that this rank is conferred upon an individual. Every believer is to a degree in need of such cleansing. No believer can attain salvation until they become a mirror. A seeker of God polishes themselves of their own accord and bears difficulty by virtue of their own effort. But a person absorbed in God is thrown into tribulation. God Himself refines such a person and bestows upon them the qualities of a mirror by subjecting them to countless forms of adversity and affliction. In actuality, the end result of a seeker of God and one who is absorbed in God are the same. There are two aspects which relate to the righteous: the spiritual quest and spiritual magnetism. [1]

ENDNOTES

1. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), Malfuzat-Volume 1 (Tilford, Surrey: Islam International Publications Ltd., 2018), 26-27.