Friday, December 31, 2010

Universe is a creative product by a Creative Self, and Man is an element having the best sense of creativity among the Creation.

Everything in the Universe conceives and creates. Creation adds diversity of form and behavior which enhances the Beauty of the worlds. At sub-atomic level every instant electrons modify their pattern of movement, creating and destroying polarities, which in turn help change their chemical behavior. Resulting new and unique products add to Creation. Cosmic changes occur, energy and charge distribution changes in the upper atmosphere and we witness a creative movement of the heavenly bodies inside the space.

When creativity reaches the shores of Human mind, it finds a new depth therein. It seems as if Man wants to consume all his energies creating and decorating things. Taking threads of nature and weaving them every time in a new fashion. For Man, inventing things for providing himself with comfort is all but a way to create and appreciate the marvels of Creation. Man can sense and think, have got memory and intelligence hence his creation is without doubt more mature than that of the rest of the Creation. He makes Nature talk to himself in various ways through his creativity. This relation between himself and the Nature brings him one step closer to the Hand which conceived Life.

Man’s creativity has two domains, thoughts and actions. His feelings and circumstances directly affect his creativity. A minor unbalance of his feelings can disrupt the whole cycle of creation, negativity thus over-powering his creative instincts. If hope and happiness are intact, fate comes under his sense of creation. For hope and bliss to be there, one needs to have freedom in his thoughts and approach.

A heart free of all grudges and negativity only can get to the depths of the purity of Life and creation and hence reach the secrets of Soul. A person dependent for his ideas and beliefs on another being has deprived himself of all the bounties Life can give and provide a cause for remaining ignorant all his life. Therefore freedom of thought is vital for a healthy and creative Life.

Life evolved when the Maker established His creation. When Man took his first breathe in this World, he could not but appreciate the wonders Creativity did in bringing him to Life. He developed a quest to know about the secrets of Life and realized that understanding Creativity can lead him to the wonders of Life. Man could sense and feel which aided him in his understanding. His feelings; success, bliss, fear, doubts, hope, love, hatred etc came in new combinations each time, which helped him create diverse thoughts and objects. This creativity when reaches its ultimate heights, can guide Man to the meanings of Life, leaving it to get conquered by Man. Time and Space become dependent to his wand of creativity and at this moment Man reaches the stage which is very near to the Creator.

A portion of the Love of Creator entered His Creation which helped Man understand His Creative instincts and finally conquered Man to bring him back to the One he belongs. The cycle of Creativity is always accompanied by this Love and Universe becomes a bridge for the cycle to complete and the communion to take place.

The Unconscious Self

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

“What color do you like?”
“I prefer red.”
“But why do u like it? There must be some reason.”
“The only reason is that… THERE’S JUST NO REASON”

There comes many such moments in our life when ‘There’s just no reason’ behind some of our actions or thoughts. Yet we feel determined to carry them out. This is the point when our unconscious steps in our conscious world and leaves indelible marks on it.

Unconscious has a considerable effect on one’s way of life but the nature of the exact relation it has with the conscious self is mysterious. Also the fact that despite having seemingly conflicting nature one’s conscious and subconscious usually go together in an efficient way deepens this mystery further, thus making it more appealing for researches and study.

Life is a complete system and the process of living needs every component of that system to work in harmony. That is why we should not consider that the unconscious and the conscious do not supplement each other. Rather they move along together. It’s just that their way of moving on together can only be understood if Life is studied as a whole.

Lets for a while, consider personality as a factory comprising of two units. One contains all the machinery and is the production area. The other is the receiving zone, handling and delivering what has been produced in the production area.

Lot of hype and activity goes on in the unconscious part every moment. Whatever our senses witness and observe, it gets registered in the Unconscious for a long lasting time (unlike in the conscious). It is the place where new ideas are born. The kingdom of Unconscious is the site where energies collide and the reactant thoughts and ideas turn into new products, untouched by the conscious world. This is very much similar to the production area of the factory.

The conscious appear in as the receiving zone, acting on the ideas originally adopted, condensed and assembled in the unconscious self. However it does not mean that the activity of conscious is in any way inferior to that of the unconscious. Imagine how important it is in a factory to receive and handle the material from the production area efficiently and deliver it further responsibly!

For being able to express and comprehend one’s subconscious psyche properly, it is important to get in touch with it and to develop a strong communication between the conscious and the unconscious. Psychologists have come up with many researches and ideas regarding it, the prominent one being Freud’s emphasis on dreams and their relation with unconscious.

What I have observed in this respect is that the Aesthetics are the most powerful way to develop this communication. No matter which field of Art or at what level it is being pursued, one advantage it is going to give you is that it can take you closer to your own self.

Imagine giving a few color pencils and a small piece of paper to a child, and his drawing can reveal unto you how he perceives the many things going on in the very environment the child is living in. In fact at times his drawing can help you understand your own unconscious beliefs too.

Just like an individual, a nation also possesses life. Characters of a nation’s life also depend upon its unconscious and the conscious self. Aesthetics appears to be more important in this case when compared with the case of an individual, as now the canvas of life has got magnified immensely.

Writers, philosophers, painters, actors and musicians plays a very efficient role in bringing the masses closer to their unconscious that lies inside the depth of their national soul. Iqbal and Waheed Murad are just two names out of a whole population of people who brought to our conscious thoughts which were lingering in our subconscious.

Unconscious has been a mystery, not because Man has not put any effort in trying to reveal it, but because mystery is the costume unconscious prefers exposing itself in. Better respect its mystery. Also I think the study on unconscious self needs a method in which ‘Life’ prevails. In my view, Psychology needs to take a more aesthetic and less 'statistical' approach towards it.

Love and Sacrifice

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Love has a way of giving Man courage to do anything that is required of him on its path. When one is in Love every object seems to hold the reflection of one’s Beloved, every thought in one’s mind give birth to new possibilities and every action signifies a closer acquaintance with Love. This reflection, new possibilities and closer acquaintance leads Man towards the highest degree of Love, teaching him the traditions of Selflessness and Sacrifice.

Sacrificing one’s most dear thing can leave ever lasting impressions on one’s psyche. High degree of patience and zeal is needed for this act, without which it becomes impossible to carry out any form of Sacrifice.

We usually consider ourselves master of the things we have. At times it turns out to be the reverse. Soon after we take something in our possession, it starts influencing our thoughts and take control of our psyche. We can not think of ourselves living without that article. Only then we realize that we are no longer the masters but are being mastered by our possessions.

The tradition of Sacrifice can help us in this respect. Energy of Love gives us strength to practice control over our Self and the souls of our possessions too. Giving something away, without getting any personal benefit in return, results in a proportionate mixture of feelings consisting of Power and Humbleness. Power because we consider ourselves to have the ability to give away something hence has control over it, and humbleness because what we possess is not ours any longer.

Sacrifice can be for many causes. It can be for the Love of God, for the prosperity of one’s Nation or even for the nourishment of one’s own soul. Whatever is the reason to sacrifice something Love is the driving force behind it and Love is the end result of this practice. Love and Sacrifice go hand in hand. So if you Love anything or anyone never hesitate to sacrifice your most precious and valuable possessions for the sake of your Love.

On this note a very Happy Eid to all of you out there. May God bless us!

Pakistan Movement (1887 to 1947)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Here are my reflections on Khurram Ali Shafique's articles published in Dawn Friday Feature 'For a common Destiny'.

Seek Consensus (from 1887 to 1906)

(The complete article written by Khurram Shaffique Seek Consensus)

The representatives of 'the largest Muslim community in any one country' seemed to redefine a number of things for the coming times.

A new sense of Nation was developed, where every member of this National community enjoyed not only the right of choice and freedom of speech but was also heard and given equal importance.

The means through which the Nation was kept together were based on purely educational lines. In the sessions of the Conference Muslims from all over British India interacted with each other through 'poetry, lectures and debates' thus using Education in the most practical parametres for the Society to develop.

Even Religion found new dimensions in this one act of bringing the whole Nation together. And the most practical form of Relgious involvement for the development of any society in the present times was exhibited.

So can we say that this stage in the 'the present phase in the history of the development of Muslim thought in the subcontinent' was that of redefining different factors which had an effect on Muslim society and consequently on the Muslim thought? On these latest definitions was the building of Muslim thought to stand in the coming times. This redefinition aided in achieving the goal in 1906.

Think Long Term (from 1907 to 1926)

(The complete article written by Khurram Shaffique Think Long Term )

Without having the power to safeguard their own interests, a vaccum could envelope the newly found Muslim nationhood. It now seems that the definitions set earlier demanded the Nation to make a place for themselves in the country they lived in, from where they could experiment and spread their newly found ideals and hence develop their thoughts and line of action further.

Although general elections had yet not come still the masses who had attended the sessions of Educational conference were aware of the value of their thoughts in the Life of their Nation. Perhaps that was the reason they showed their concerns for the question of separate electorates.

And to achieve this goal they were ready to put in every effort they could (from supporting Non-cooperative movement to boycott the elections of 1922)

And I think Sir Syed's advice of not entering poilitics was for a nation which still had to 'seek consensus'. Without achieving this consensus there was every possibility of politics leading the Nation astray from achieving purposeful Unity. The Nation was now ready to take its political decisions in its own hands.

Rise Above yourself (from 1927 to 1947)

(The complete article written by Khurram Shaffique Rise Above Yourself)

At times giving space to varying and opposing views can give an impression that there is no Consensus or Unity existing.

As far as I think perhaps this led to the results of 1926 election when 'no single party had emerged as common leader of the entire Muslim community'.

But when the Muslims confronted a threat to their National Life, they showed the same Unity as in the last stage.

Selflessness, the next goal, demanded not the renouncing of one's thoughts but channelising them so that the whole Nation could get benefits by it.

Without achieving Consensus and developing a say in their own matters (as in the elections of 1926) Selflessness was imposible to attain and it served as a development of the Thoughts on the basis of definitions adopted nearly 60 years back.

From achieving Largest Consensus in History, to the historic turnout in the elections of 1926 and now developing a unique example of Selflessness, Muslims of India helped discover new depths in the Religion, new possibilities in politics and now they showed the world traits in Human character in their most fresh form (through Selflessness).

So from 1887 to 1947 Pakistan Movement was in a way a revolution of thoughts, of mode of action and finally the evolution of Man to the highest degree of character where selflessness and sacrifices shapes the form of the 'ideal human being' with ideal traits.

The Song Of A Pearl

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Me a pearl, you an ocean

Living together forever

In your heart is my abode

In my shine is your reflection

You sustain me, and nourish me

I am your pride, your honor

Your surging bottom spreads

The aurora of Love to my shell

Buried inside its crust I move

Responding to your call of Love

Crossing every frontier and limit

When this Love reaches you and me

Blind is the world that is unable to feel

The warmth it brings to you and me

They question, and argue and complain

I feel sorry for their doubtful souls

Those who are unable to

Appreciate the wonders of Love

Nature excludes them from

It’s Art of Creation

Dry remains in their souls

The seeds of Conception

The Universe desires to witness

The limits of God’s best creation

From the bond of Love, learn

Your aim, your goal, your destiny

And reveal unto the Worlds

Your boundless bounds…!


Saturday, October 23, 2010

This post is not a poem, just a voice of my heart... Please ignore any shortcomings related to poetic expression in it!
Dedicating to the Full Moon tonight!

Oh you, the brightest spot in the gloomy sky

How many mysteries in your bosom lie?

You have for countless centuries

Guided Man out of his miseries

Nature in your growth and disappearance put

The charms of its most precious assets

These secrets reached Man when

Desired the tides of Life to reach you

Who basked themselves in your Light

Got their Hearts enlightened with Love

Love made the sky gleam with Full Moon

When the clouds of confusion left the blue

Enlightening the night of your Love is your orbit

A symbol of Hope are you, oh Full Moon

All your secrets, confide in us and

Turn our motion like yours, oh Moon

We who look for the footsteps of our beloved

Teach us your way of Living, oh Moon


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Let me introduce you to me and my doll. I am ten years old, and my doll is umm… perhaps five years old, although she does not seems so young!

She is a plastic doll, but no no… don’t think that she looks any different from me. In fact I put in every effort to make her look like myself. I knot her hairs just like my Mama ties mine. And dress her up like I would get dressed with the help of my Mama on any occasion. But there are some differences too. She can not move around or show any response to my words *sighs*.

My doll has got some friends too. All the girls who live in my neighborhood keep at least one plastic doll and all our dolls are very fond of each other. But there is one exception. My Sissy, who is ten years elder than me, do not keep any doll. Hymph…!

I can’t even think of living without my doll and you know what once I heard Sissy saying that even Mama keep two plastic dolls. I wonder…!

As is my nature whenever I get wind of a strange matter I get curious to know the reality. And now I had two peculiarities to deal with, Mama, Sissy and dolls.

Asking questions from Mama is a bit difficult, because she always gives a suspicious glance at me saying that ‘Oh, I never knew you can even speak! Day by day your curiosity and anxiety is increasing which is not a good sign. Let me fix you now,’ and I have to run from her in order to find refuge. Aah! But I sometimes wonder that why she says that my speaking out is alarming? As if I myself am a plastic doll. Huh!

So under these circumstances I can only consult my Sissy. Although she do not scold me like Mama does, but at times I am not able to grasp her answers!

Something is better than nothing, so I tried my luck with Sissy. Asking questions about her own attitude was a bit risky so I decided to start with the question I had about my Mama.

‘Hey how can you say that Mama keeps dolls? I never saw any!’

‘Try looking in the mirror. You will find them’

‘But there’s my doll that I always keep at the side of the mirror. I can’t see any other’

‘Not at the side, look IN the mirror, its there!’

‘I can only see myself there, no one else *gulp*’

‘You have my answer now’

This was unbearable to me. Am I a doll? A plastic doll? No no, that can not be true. I know how to speak, I know how to move around, I know so many things that any plastic doll can not do. Sissy really doesn’t know anything about dolls. I was really hurt and so to counter my Sissy’s response I put forward the question I had regarding her attitude.

‘When everyone keeps dolls, why are you so vain not to give any importance to such cute beings?’

‘Because I myself was a plastic doll once, who had to struggle hard to get freedom of choice and speech. I certainly can not entertain the idea of enslaving others.

‘How is this possible? You and a plastic doll?’

‘Yes, and let me tell you, the dear doll of Mama, even you are one such plastic doll.’

‘Me? That’s cruel of you to say so.’

‘No my dear little kiddo, you won’t understand all this, you can not until the day you yourself decides to put that fake smile off your face, and dress up and make your hair-do according to your own choice. Until then you are a plastic doll who is nicely kept at the side of a mirror. And those of us who never decides to get them off the shelf where we are kept lives a life of plastic dolls which are in the hands of others, who can play with us in whatever manner they want to.’

I looked at the plastic doll which I always keep near the mirror. She smiled. Her smile and the shine in her eyes seemed so bitter to me and in a while the walls of the room turned plastic, the windows shrank and me and Sissy looked like two beautiful plastic dolls living together in a nicely kept doll house. The master of the doll house could be heard, busy doing her house-hold chores.

A Tale...!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Knowledge has a stock of many exciting stories… But today I have come up with the tale of Knowledge itself… The Story of Man and Knowledge.

Man and Knowledge are old acquaintances. Angels bowed down before Adam because Man had Knowledge of the things they knew not.

Knowledge has two offspring; Teaching and Learning. Both Teaching and Learning grows in the laps of Knowledge and help Man in his search for it.

After Adam came to this world, a chain of Prophets and saints followed him who taught Humanity how to learn. This teaching brought a massive revolution and the whole World evolved in the process.

A new age dawned on Humanity after the chain of Prophets concluded and now Knowledge had to seek fresh quarters where Teaching and Learning could grow and hence help Man in his quest for Knowledge.

Man was so close to Knowledge but in order to feel and admire the intimate relation he is destined to have with it he had to undergo certain stages of evolution. Recognizing this, Knowledge decided to appear before Man in a way that could mold his quest so that their Union aims at hitherto undiscovered horizons. Soon Priests and Philosophers found Knowledge making way to their camps. Knowledge hid itself behind curtains but its sparkling beauty could find no way to go into hiding. When its charming glimpses would reach the eyes of Man, his quest would witness a manifold increase, burning him in the Love of his search!

Before long Knowledge became a Hidden Treasure and Teaching an Art of Secrecy. Learning took the shape of a mirror which would focus the entire warmth of Knowledge at a single point – the Heart of Man. This would set it ablaze leaving Man mercilessly drowned in an ocean where waves of Fire beat him hard.

Later a new age dawned on Humanity – the Age of Openness, where Man enjoys the liberty of having a number of options to select his way of Life from. Knowledge had to make an attempt in order to reach its beloved – Man, and so draped in all its beauties Knowledge has exposed itself like it never did before. Sitting in front of him, Knowledge addresses Man through Newspaper, Radio, TV, Cinema and Internet.

Learning has now burnt Man completely from inside, so much so that the curiosity of Man has reached limits formerly unknown. This explains why Man of this Age finds it difficult to follow a previously carved path and insists on making new avenues.

The preceding mode of Teaching has proved futile in these circumstances. Guidance of a Teacher is something that has perhaps never been as important as it is in the current age, without which such a wide spectrum of possibilities becomes a threat, as fake beauties may glitter and blind the eyes of Man, filtering the Light of true Knowledge away. But the problem comes when Man refuses to follow the old form of Teaching as he has set his eyes on places no one has ventured visiting before.

The quest of Man may get consumed by the Darkness of Ignorance if Teaching does not provide Man with means of reaching the true Knowledge. For this Learning and Teaching needs to hold hands. But it seems impossible without Teaching finding an effective way to assist its sister - Learning.

The current Age is looking for a shepherd who can guide the flock from behind so as to let it find pastures on its own, and at the same time it should be checked by the shepherd for getting astray (in a manner that arise the least suspicion that it is under observation).

With Learning and Teaching adjusting themselves to the needs of the new Age the Union of Man and Knowledge is just a few steps away…!

Review on Biography of IQBAL- Ibtadai daur (till 1904)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Imagine yourself surrounded by an enchanting daybreak in the valley of Kashmir where the mantra of the Brahmans spreads the aura of Love and Harmony. You are Welcomed to a world where you explore the Secrets of Nature embedded in the Life-story of Iqbal as narrated by a pen which has the power to relive the Story as if developments are taking place all around you.

Yes, I m talking about Khurram Ali Shafique’s  
Biography of Iqbal Part 1 “Ibtadai-Daur (till 1904)”.

Before embarking onto an enthralling Voyage, the Contents page declares that there are nine stations or stages to be covered before the reader finds itself arriving towards the end of the First out of a Total of Six Parts of a captivating experience. And as indicated in the Preface every ‘station’ holds a hidden message ready to get revealed as the journey of the reader proceeds.
The flow of Time takes a backward turn and the story begins from the time when the early ancestors of Iqbal would greet a newborn Day with hymn for the one who brought that day upon them. 15th century saw the conversion of some of these ancestors to Islam and the end of 18th century brought a family of them to the plains of Punjab.
Nature plans and the whole of the World positions itself in a way as to make perfect arrangements in order to assist the growth and advancement that was to be witnessed by the soul of Iqbal. The impact of Sir Syed’s Aligarh Movement on the society where Iqbal opened his eyes, and the personality of Mir Hassan, one of Iqbal’s early teachers and guide soon take over the imagination spectrum of the reader.
Historic and Literary developments continue to take place at the same time and if while reading this the readers develop such a feeling that they are trapped watching a 3-D Film, the book will not let this impression vanish.
The book comprehensively describes effects of any social or religious movements that took place around Iqbal and the direct or indirect influences it had on his Ideas.
The world of Iqbal grows and along with him the understanding of the Reader about Iqbal’s skills and the efforts of those who nurtured him, also develops. The book closely follows every major Cognitive development that took place in Iqbal and gives a clear picture of the events that led to their happening.

The Biography of Iqbal Part 1 “Ibtadai-Daur (till 1904)” is not just the life story of a single individual, it’s a track of all the major historic, social and cognitive revolutions that took place in the collective conscious of the society where Iqbal lived, and the impact they had on the psyche and vision of Iqbal. The truths of nature gets glimpsed here and there, and one may notice that the ‘reconstruction’ of Islamic thought and of Indian-Muslim culture is taking place as the society moves on from Shah WaliUllah and Ghalib to Sir Syed, Hali and Shibli Naumani and gets influenced by their viewpoints; and the same society is also nourishing Iqbal in its bosom so that further contributions can be made in uniting the Muslims as a Single nation and providing directions for them to follow.
The book can help us identify with the course that our ancestors underwent in order to carve out a place for us so that we can stand side by side to the other nations of the world. It can also assist individuals in their search for the secrets of life and to embark on a journey within. Truly it is a book not to be missed.

At the end I thank Khurram Ali Shafique heartily for writing such a marvel and introducing all of us to the life of Iqbal, taking into account all the aspects of history and society in such a novel way that the reader becomes part of every development that is taking place in the world of Iqbal.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Studying Centripetal force and Circular motion in Physics class we started discussing the everyday importance of the phenomenon. As I could not come up with a unique and interesting example from everyday life that could fit in, the lecture started boring me, and the only escape I could find was looking out of the window of class-room. The scene was perfect, a cloudy sky with grassy play-ground in view.
But what were some little girls doing on the other side of the ground? I wondered.
Oh, they were playing Kikli.

A traditional game which is deeply rooted in the culture of Punjab, Kikli, involves mostly two or an even number of young girls, in which girls of each pair stands facing each other, holding each others hands with their arms crossed and the toes of their feet touching one another in the center. The girls then stretch their arms as much as possible, bend their backs and start whirling around, singing songs. The girls must keep their balance as they spin, and if anyone of them is unable to keep the balance, she looses the game.
The mere mention of this game recalls childhood memories to most of the females of sub-continent, but this time it proved to be a co-incidence for me, Circular motion and Kikli.
The example that I was looking for came to me, but this realization left me awe-struck for a while. This game is thriving in the culture of Punjab for many centuries and no one can be sure of its exact origin. Yet the matter was very clear to me. Just consider the minds who perceived the game for the first time. It is certain that those ancient ancestors had the knowledge about the scientific logic behind the phenomenon of Circular motion that if a moving body can not provide enough Centripetal Force required by it to continue to move in the circle, it moves away from the circle. Thus the rule of the game that the girls must keep their balance, and the one who ‘moves’ out of the circle looses could be established.
The interesting aspect of this finding is,
Who could make out while playing the game that one is imitating the motion of the big celestial objects?
Who could perceive that the game can be in a way a symbolism of the movement of the most basic elements of nature i-e photons?
And the point that bewilders me the most is that,
isn’t it possible that the masterminds of our ancestors put this game in our roots so that we can understand more deeply the concept of Evolution, by resisting all ‘external forces’ that can deviate one (symbolizing evil) from the ‘circular path’ of Life and keeping the toes ‘touching’ each other (exhibiting Unity) in the ‘center’ of that ‘Circle of Life’ is the only way that can bring ‘success’ to us.

Mathematics and the Search for Ultimate Reality!

Friday, August 27, 2010

“Know, oh brother…. that the study of sensible geometry leads to skill in all the practical arts, while the study of intelligible geometry leads to skill in the intellectual arts because this Science is one of the gates through which we move to the knowledge of the essence of the soul and that is the root of all knowledge.”
(From the Rasa’il by The Brotherhood of Purity, translated by S.H Nasr)
From Abacus to Algebra

Mathematics was present in the life of ordinary individual even thousands of years back. Abacus provided an effective method of counting to the early generations of Man. Simple counting and measurements regarding straight lines existed in a well-developed form before the advent of Islam. Later the early Muslim Mathematicians brought a revolution in the world of Circles, thus generating a number of Polygons and blooming Mathematics to a level where amazing pieces of architecture and astounding developments in the field of Astronomy took place. However according to them the basis of Mathematics was Spirituality and they used it as a tool to understand the deep and profound Truths which Universe veils under the cloak of Time and Space.
“Clear distinction made by Khayyám, on the basis of the work of earlier Persian philosophers such as Avicenna, between natural bodies and mathematical bodies. The first is defined as a body that is in the category of substance and that stands by itself, and hence a subject of natural sciences, while the second, called “volume", is of the category of accidents (attributes) that do not subsist by themselves in the external world and hence is the concern of mathematics.”
(From the article on Omar Khyaam, a renowned Muslim Mathematician, link to it: here)
Circles helped Mathematicians solve many quadratic and cubic equations. The most basic of all Polygons i-e Triangle appeared when the centers of three adjoining circles were joined with a line, and in that way the properties of Triangle came to surface, solving yet another bunch of problems and reaching the inner depths of the Universe.When these problems got solved and new polygons came to surface there emerged the rich branch of Mathematics, Algebra.

The Unfolding
"We will show them our proofs in the horizons, and within themselves, until they realize that this is the truth. Is your Lord not sufficient as a witness of all things?" Quran [41:53]
The radiance of the ‘Source’ can be felt clearly as it stands alone, before any other being experienced the Dawn of Birth. Its presence is so strong that one can not avoid feeling it, yet it is a mystery as it remains out of the sight of the observer. The Source that is unbound of the limits of Time and Space now decides to bring into life its frozen surroundings.
The Source of Being sketches a ‘Dot’ of Creation and keeps it at a certain ‘Distance’ of Relationship. The Polarity of Existence develops as the creation of this ‘Dot’ results in the emergence of Dimensions such as Time and Space. The Source, Dot and the relationship between them creates a ‘Line’ which acts as the basis of all Motion that has yet to come.
The ‘Dot’ of creation then expands, evolving and improving itself, hence converting itself from a ‘Dot’ to an ‘Arc’. Even as the ‘Arc’ grows, it exists by keeping the same ‘Distance’ of Relationship as the ‘Dot’. This distance can also be termed as the ‘Radius’. Now the authority of the Source becomes more evident and the force of Attraction it exhibits becomes more effective.
The ‘Arc’ grows and eventually returns to the ‘Dot’, completing a ‘Circle’ by maintaining the same Relationship with the Source throughout its Journey. The ‘Circle of existence’ displays a Symbol of Unity and becomes a reason of bliss for the Source, which now shines with a brilliant radiance.
When a body moves around this ‘Circle’ it experiences a set of Forces working on it. These can be divided in the broad categories of Good and Evil forces. In order to continue one’s motion in the circle, the Resultant direction of all these Forces must be towards the CENTER of this circle, otherwise the being can not carry on with its motion on this path of Creation.
“That shining point by its light has dominated all that is in the Creation, and by its effectiveness has penetrated every object of the phenomena. All that we have attributed to the Universal nature issues out from it.”
(Lamha 33, from the Lamahat of Shah Waliullah)

Balancing and Restoration

Al-Khwarizmi is considered the father of Algebra, who by using the Circles and the polygons which were created with the help of the circles, was successful in solving geometric problems through Algebra. According to R. Rashed and Angela Armstrong:
"Al-Khwarizmi's text can be seen to be distinct not only from the Babylonian tablets, but also from Diophantus' Arithmetica. It no longer concerns a series of problems to be resolved, but an exposition which starts with primitive terms in which the combination must give all possible prototypes for equations, which henceforward explicitly constitute the true object of study.”
(From the book The Development of Arabic Mathematics by R. Rashed and Angela Armstrong)
Omar Khyaam followed this great Mathematician and erected a much deep foundation of Algebra on the basis of Al-khwarizmi’s work. It is now believed that Pascal’s triangle and Binomial theorem came to the surface in 1070 by Omar Khayyam, many centuries before they were included in the modern Mathematics by the Europeans.
Omar Khyaam believed that
“Whoever thinks algebra is a trick in obtaining unknowns has thought it in vain. No attention should be paid to the fact that algebra and geometry are different in appearance. Algebras are geometric facts which are proved by propositions five and six of Book two of Elements.” Omar Khyaam.
Al-Jabr is the term that Al-khwarizmi used to describe the process of ‘Restoration’ that takes place when removing negative units, roots and squares from the equation by adding the same quantity to each side. Al-Muqabalah denotes ‘Balancing’ the equation by bringing quantities of the same type to the same side of the equation. From these simple processes evolved the spirit of Algebra, providing foundation for Human thought to search for the Truths that surrounds one.

O mankind! We created you from a single soul, male and female. (Quran: 49:13)
After the ‘Circle of existence’ came into being it was realized that there were Pairs of every object. Matter came with anti-matter. Electrons found protons to counter their effect. Every Force in this Universe found an opposite one to it and thus every individual in this Universe discovered itself existing with an opposite entity that could cancel the effect of the previous one.
This pairing helped the Universe to keep a Balance in every aspect, making it possible for a being to thrive in it. Without this balance the delicate system of Universe can get irreparably damaged, bringing the Life on this planet to a halt.
Algebra used this principle in solving out numerous equations and geometric problems, contributing to intricately-design architectural monuments and the precise calculations related to Astronomy. Man could never have stepped on the surface of Moon without the applications of this important principle in the field of Maths. Also it helped Man in understanding the nature of the things around him, thus entering the world of Spirituality and unveiling the secrets of Nature.
The eternal quest of Man to understand the mysteries regarding his existence led him to observe his surroundings and in the course of Time he desired to ‘Fold’ and ‘Reverse’ the events that led to the formation of the ‘Circle of Existence’. For this he examined the undulations of the Periphery of the Circle where he was standing, and then made an attempt to move inside it, towards the Center that controls everything. After cleansing one’s own soul of the impurities of Substance, Man led his soul wander towards his goal, following the same Rules that were observed in the Formation of the Circle.
This process of Restoration when entered the world of Algebra brought another major revolution in the way Universe was beheld by many. The rules of Restoration helped to simplify problems in Algebra and find the unknown, something that was looked for. In this way the complexities of Nature bowed down and surrendered to it, paving way for more and more discoveries, both spiritual and material.
The Union
Balancing the forces of Evil and Good and the process of ‘folding’ the course of Creation helps Man to get evolved.The Journey that started from the Unity of the ‘Source’ leads to the Expansion of existence and which finally guides Man back to the Oneness and Unity of the shining point that is the Source of all Being, towards which every creation has to go and eventually get shrouded with its Light. As the Creation embraces the Source, their Union occurs and the lamp of quest merges in the Sun of Knowledge, making the Source shine even brightly.

A drop of water falls in an ocean wide,
A grain of dust becomes with earth allied;
What doth thy coming, going here denote?
A fly appeared a while, then invisible he became
(Omar Khyaam)

With the help of Algebra and Mathematics early Muslim mathematicians put the deep-rooted principles of the Universe in our daily lives in such a symbolic way that can help us solve our queries regarding the system of Universe for centuries. The Laws laid by them are valid in the world of Maths till date and will continue to nourish the Flower of existence with Nectar for many more centuries to come. All we need to do now is to carry these treasures which we have got in heritage from these flag-bearers of Humanity, and build upon the basis they have provided to us new buildings that can help the coming generations to carry on the search with-in. In this way Humanity can conquer both the Gardens of Spirit and the Avenues of the visible world.