Bismi Allah Al-Rahman Al-Raheem
From The Teachings of Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
53:14 At the Lote Tree of the Utmost Boundary –
THE FURTHEST-TREE OF THE FURTHEST
BOUNDARY Sayedena Muhammad (pbuh) and Jibraeel traveled once more until they
reached the absolute limit of the created intellect, named Sidratul al Muntaha:
"The Furthest-Tree of the Furthest Boundary."
There they saw nothing which the tongue could describe. The effect of the sight they beheld on Muhammad (pbuh) is a secret which took place in his heart. A sound came to them from above which dissipated some of Muhammad's (pbuh) astonishment.
At that time he saw a large tree which does not resemble any of the trees of paradise, a tree without description, covering all the paradises, heavens, and universes.[ Tree of Certainty, Tree of Life ]
The trunk of the tree was a huge angel named Samrafeel. Sayedena Muhammad (pbuh) could see nothing else besides it. It grew from an infinite, unimaginable, indescribable ocean of musk.
The tree had an infinite number of branches, created from a heavenly element that has no name in a created language. The distance between one branch and another was five hundred thousand light-years.
On every branch there was an infinite number of leaves. If all the created universes were placed on a single one of these leaves they would disappear, like an atom disappears inside an ocean of water.
On every leaf sat a huge angel in a multi-coloured light. On his head was a crown of light and in his hand a staff of light. Written on their forehead was the inscription:
"We are the inhabitants of the Furthest-Tree." Their praise was: "Praise be to Allah Who has no end." Their names are the Sarufiyyun, "The secret ones," because they are created from the absolute secret of their Rabb (Lord).
From the trunk of the tree four absolute springs issued,
Whose Source was Bismi Allah Al-Rahman Al-Raheem
From Meem of Bismi came
MA- The first was a pure, transparent, crystal water;
From Ha of Allah came Halib- the second was a river of white milk;
From Meem of Rahman-the third was a river of pleasurable, untarnished wine that elevates without abasing;
From Meem of Raheem -the fourth was a river of pure honey mixed with gold.
All These rivers flowed into the Pond of Kawthar.
Inside the trunk was the
prayer-niche of Jibraeel, and his constant words of praise are: Allahu Akbar:
Allah is Great! to which the reply always comes from above: Ana Akbar: I am
Greater! Ana Akbar: I am Greater! Jibraeel entered his prayer-niche and he
called for the prayer. All the Sarufiyyun stood in rows and Muhammad (pbuh) led
them in prayer. The prayer finished and all the Sarufiyyun were ordered to give
their greetings to Muhammad (pbuh) one after the other. After this, a great
angel came out from behind Jibraeel's prayer-niche and asked Muhammad (pbuh) to
approach.Muhammad (pbuh) and Jibraeel entered the trunk of the tree and reached
in a glance the entire sight of creation.
On the top of the tree they saw
Adam and Hawwa and Nuh, Ibraheem, Musa, Isa, and all the other prophets whom
they had just visited.
With them they saw all their respective nations, sitting with them in spirit together with those of Muhammad's nation who had already left this world.
All were sitting there together, happy, basking in the love and beauty of their Rabb's (Lord's) mercy and praising Him.
That Furthest-Tree carries the knowledge of all of Allah's creation from the beginning of its sequence in time. Whatever is created is part of it and contained in it. It was called the tree "of the furthermost boundary" because everything ends in it and after it begins a new life. Allah decorated it with the light of His own essence. It has three characteristics: a continuous shade of light extending over every creation, a continuous pleasure reaching everyone from the fruit of its branches, and a continuous fragrance from its flowers scenting with beauty the life of creation.
Then He saw the Spirit to whom
Allah gave the power of earth and the heavens.
From the top of his head to the bottom of his feet and from every cell of his there were faces with traits of subtle light, the number of which no-one knows but Allah, and from the each of which Allah creates an angel-spirit which looks like the Spirit, whom He then takes to himself as the spirit-angels of the Divine Presence.
Every day the Spirit looks into hell three times, and because of the cool light of his angelic gaze the fire of hell melts until it becomes as a rainbow. The Spirit also looks into paradise three times every day and extends to it the divine light which Allah gives him. If Allah gathered the tears of the eyes of the Spirit it would flood all the created universes and make Nuh's (Noah's) flood seem like the drop gathered by a needle dipped into the ocean. This is the Spirit whom Allah mentioned in the Quran:"The day when the Spirit and the angels rise, no-one shall speak except with permission from His Rabb (Lord)."
Muhammad (pbuh) said:
"Spirit! Is this your station?" The spirit replied: "Yes, and if
I trespass it I will be annihilated by the light which I am receiving.
Muhammad! Move forward and do not be afraid. You are invited and you have
permission." Muhammad (pbuh) moved forward. Allah inspired his heart with
the following discourse: "I the Rabb (Lord), have veiled myself from the
inhabitants of paradise, as I have veiled myself from the inhabitants of the
As I veiled Myself from their
minds, I veiled myself from their vision. I am never in anything, and I
am never away from anything."
Muhammad (pbuh) then moved through one veil after another until he passed through one thousand veils. Finally he opened the Veil of Oneness.
He found himself like a lamp suspended in the middle of a divine air.
Holy Quran 24:35
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light
is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as
if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree,
neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if
untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills.
And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things.
He saw a magnificent, great and
He asked his Rabb (Lord) to give him firmness and strength.
He felt that a drop of that presence was put on his tongue and he found it cooler than ice and sweeter than honey.
Nothing on earth and the seven paradises tasted like it. With this drop, Allah put into Muhammad's heart the knowledge of the First and the Last, the heavenly and the earthly.
All this was revealed to him in one instant shorter than the fastest second.
He was ordered to move forward.
As he moved he found himself elevated on a throne that can never be described, now or later.
Three additional drops were given to him:
one on his shoulder consisting in majesty,
one in his heart consisting in mercy,
and an additional one on his tongue which consisted in eloquence.
Then a voice came from that
presence, which no created being had heard before: "Muhammad! I have
made you the intercessor for everyone." At that moment Muhammad
(pbuh) felt his mind enraptured and taken away to be replaced with an
astonishing secret. He was placed in the fields of Allah's Eternity and
In the first he found no beginning and in the second he found no end.
Then Allah revealed to Him: "My end is in My beginning and My beginning is in My end."
Then Muhammad (pbuh) knew that all doors were absolutely closed except those that led to Allah, that Allah cannot be described within the confine of a place in speech, and that Allah encompasses the everywhere of all places.
This is a secret that no tongue can be stirred to express, no door opened to reveal, and no answer can define.
He is the Guide to Himself and the Rabb (Lord) of His own description. He is the Beauty of all beauty and the speech by which to describe Himself belongs to Him alone.
Allah my Creator, in Your infinity do I stand amazed. In Your ocean of Love do I drown submerged. Allah, at times You are close to me in familiar intimacy. At times You leave me without, veiled and strange, Hidden in Your sovereign Majesty. Give me to drink the Nectar of Your love, For only drunk from it am I able to say: My Rabb (Lord)! Let me see You. Muhammad (pbuh) then looked on his right and saw nothing except
His Rabb (Lord), then on his left and saw nothing except his Rabb (Lord), then to the front, to the back, and above him, and he saw nothing except his Rabb (Lord).
He hated to leave that honored
and blessed place. But Allah said: "Muhammad, you are a Messenger to My
servants as all Messengers, if you stay here you would never be able to
communicate My Message. Therefore descend back to earth, and communicate My
message to My servants. Whenever you want to be in the same state as you are
now, make your prayers, and I shall open this state for you." This is why
Muhammad (pbuh) stated: "Prayer is the apple of my eyes,"
and he called it also: "Our rest."
Then Muhammad (pbuh) was
ordered to go back to earth, but he left the self in heaven and his spirit at
the Furthest-tree, and his heart in the unutterable divine presence while his
secret was left suspended without place. His self wondered: "Where is the
And the Heart wondered: "Where is the spirit?"
And the spirit wondered: "Where is the secret?"
And the secret wondered where it was.
And Allah revealed: "Self of Muhammad (pbuh)! I granted you the blessing and the forgiveness, and spirit! I granted you the mercy and the honour, and heart!
I granted you the love and the beauty, and secret, you have Me." Allah then revealed to Muhammad (pbuh) the order to recite:
"He is the one who sends blessings on you, together with His angels, in order to bring you out from darkness into light" (33:43).
"Muhammad! I have ordered the angels of all My heavens, those created and those yet uncreated, to send blessings on you and My creation unceasingly, with My own praise. I am your Rabb (Lord) Who said: My Mercy has taken over My anger. And all My angels I have created for you human beings." And Allah ordered Muhammad (pbuh) to descend with this angelic message back to earth.