This morning, I had an enigmatic message in my Outlook mailbox.
“Please do contact me, we need to discuss about Al-Mughni”
I figured it came via my website. As I sent it to junk mail and blocked the sender, I wondered who is Al-Mughni? Perhaps it is an alias for the poor Nigerian who is stranded at an airport and desperately needs funds deposited into their account?
As it turns out, Al-Mughni is one of the 99 names of Allah. This is how it is pronounced in a very beautiful and lyrical chant.
When I googled Al-Mughni, I came across this interesting website – Wahiduddin’s Web. The chap who writes it is Richard Shelquist, a Renaissance man who in the course of his spiritual explorations came across Sufiism, the inner, mystical dimension of Islam. It’s a pretty interesting site, worth a delve into.
Al-Mughni is The Enricher, The Bestower of Wealth, The Fulfiller of Needs.
On the website, I came across ‘Sufi Wazîfa practice’. The Arabic word wazîfa literally means assignment, duty or daily ration and is commonly used to describe a Sufi practice of focusing the attention, by means of recitation or meditation, on a particular Divine Quality in order to allow that quality to be expressed more openly and more powerfully in one’s day-to-day life.
…if a peaceful person comes into the room, someone might say, “It’s wonderful to see a peaceful person.” The dervish, however, would say instead, “Isn’t it wonderful to see Divine Peace coming through this person?” What they mean by this is that the human personality has the potential to become the vehicle of the Universe’s archetypes. This is the intention behind the practice of wazâ’if… to connect a specific quality in oneself to its source…
Awakening, by Pir Vilayat Khan
The goal of wazîfa practice is to develop an intimate connection to these Divine Qualities and allow the Qualities to be reflected openly and freely in our lives. A common wazîfa practice is, for example, to use the Beautiful Names as part of a daily spiritual practice by choosing a couple of the Divine Qualities which seem to be lacking or out of balance in one’s life, and reciting each of the chosen qualities while deeply and powerfully imagining and feeling the successful expression of those Divine Qualities in one’s own life experience.
Reciting and meditating upon the Beautiful Names (Asmâ’ ul-Husnâ) of Allâh can be a very powerful and productive practice. Apparently, one who recites this name, Al-Mughni (The Enricher), 10 times for 10 Fridays will become self-sufficient.
I found this beautiful painting of Al-Mughni by Hafeez Shaikh on his website.
It was also interesting for me to encounter Islam in this fashion, beginning with a spam email, then via the Sufis and beautiful artwork. I don’t know much about Islam, but I do really love the mystic, inner depths expressed in the writings of Rumi. His spirituality enters the realm which transcends religion and much of his work is dedicated to waking people up, and encouraging them to experience life themselves, rather blindly following the scholars of the day.
“A wealth you cannot imagine
flows through you.
Do not consider what strangers say.
Be secluded in your secret heart-house,
that bowl of silence.”
For of course, true wealth is found within.