The use of magick versus magic is to differentiate between tricks performed by illusionists (magic) and using internal and external energies to produce an outcome (magick). An example of magic is pulling a rabbit out of a hat, whereas prayer is a form of magick.
Approximately two months ago, we touched on the power of words and the weight of their vibrational energy. We understand the scientific foundation from psychoacoustics that sound is a viable medium used to heal. The brain cells vibrate and send electromagnetic waves. With each wave, the cells in our body vibrate to match the frequency. Different frequencies target the various densities in the body. Sound can heal behavioral problems, reduce stress, level out the nervous system, and synchronize cerebrally to put you in alignment for manifestation. Therefore, we can conclude that healing through sound (whether chanting, singing, or talking) has profound metaphysical as well as physical benefits.
“It is for those who believe a guide and a healing” – Quran, 41:44
Each verse (ayah) in the Quran contains a certain amount of healing property. To magnify the transmission to the cellular level, you can use a transporter. The best transporters are water, honey, and olive oil. God said, “There comes forth from their [bees’] bellies, a drink of varying color wherein is healing” – Quran, 16:68-69. If we affect them by the sound of the Quran, the level of energy inside them will increase in vibration. As I mentioned in a previous post, water has a high storage of sound and the chemical compound of water can change with a simple recitation of a positive affirmation.
“And We send down of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe …” – Quran, 17:82
Our beloved Prophet practiced this form of divination by reciting “Bismillah Ar-ahman Ar-aheem” (In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful) over a glass of water before drinking. It is often prescribed by scholars and spiritual leaders to recite Surah Al-Fatiha as a form of supplication on a cup of water before consuming, in order to ward off the affects of sihr (black magic) or hasad (evil eye).
Now that we’ve touched on the restorative properties of sound, let’s look deeper at the significance of the alphabet. Ibn Arabi, also known as the father of Islamic Magick, taught us how words and symbols unlock aspects of the Universe. The magickcal hidden properties of the Quran continue to amaze me. Language is used to open up realities in the same manner that mathematical numbers open up their own individual reality. Arabi dedicated his studies to unlocking God’s word and his captivation is shown through his writings that are saturated with terminology from the Quran. The scripture is thus understood as undefined from God, yet it becomes manifest in recitation and writing. God’s speech reveals itself not only in scripture, but also in the Universe.
Alif Lam Meem
“That is the Book, wherein is no doubt, a guidance to the Godfearing who believe in the Unseen, and perform the prayer, and expend of that We have provided them…” – Quran, 2:1-3
Each letter in the Quran is a world on its own with its own spiritual power and attribute. The ancient occultists, from Ibn Arabi to modern day spiritualists, would spend years of their lives deciphering and exploring the mysteries of each letter and its place in the cosmic order. According to Arabi, every letter specifically evolves from an element (water, fire, air or earth), subsequently belonging to either lightness or darkness and to a corresponding numeric code. This form of science is too vast to briefly cover in this post, so I’ll expand on it in the near future.
But without digging too deep, let’s begin to decipher alif lam meem, because immediately after these three letters are mentioned in the Quran, the verses that follow speak about the miraculous essence of the Book:
“Alif Laam Meem. This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear God” – Quran, 2:1-2.
The first letter of the Arabic alphabet is alif which can be considered a in the English language. When written in Arabic, this letter resembles the number one. It symbolizes the Oneness of God and speaks to the infinite Divine reality which is beyond any other realities. It describes a modality of the Divine Presence wherein there is nothing, no creature or knowledge, nothing but God. Adam, also known as the father of humanity, represents this character. Additionally, Alif is the representative of “I AM”.
Some scholars hold the belief that Alif Lam Meem represents: God (Alif), Gabriel (Lam), and Muhammad (SAW) (meem). This, however, is a belief and not a proven fact.
Secondly, we have laam which is equivalent to the English l. Laam is the twenty-third letter of the Arabic alphabet. It symbolizes perfect understanding which is quite interesting when you consider that the night of power (Layatul Al-Qadr) begins with laam.
Meem or m in English is the twenty-fourth letter and symbolizes duality. Meem begins and ends with the exact same sound to show us that the One from which we originate is the One to whom we shall return. All things begin and end in the same place.
The alchemy of Islamic inscription on jewelry and talisman is another branch from the tree of power of the Arabic language. The use of metal — gold, silver, copper — with inscriptions of Quranic verses and prayers was manifested out of the need to demonstrate the metaphysical property each phrase contains. Since everything carries energy, the use of Islamic calligraphy on metal was intended to amplify the esoteric significance of each verse.
Fun fact: Prophet Muhammad (SAW) practiced a form of letter magick with the following inscription on his sword:
Forgive him who wrongs you;
join him who cuts you off;
do good to him who does evil to you;
and speak the truth
even if it be against yourself.
The real message of the relationship existing between letters and numbers is difficult to fully understand, but I hope that this brief introduction opens a new door of curiosity to you about this beautiful faith. This type of knowledge can be understood and fully integrated through a mystical evolution. This is achieved by mindfulness and visualizations. I am a proponent for daily meditation and I like to focus my visualizations on one of the 99 names of Allah.
May y’all be blessed! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.