The Prophet (the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “I saw paradise and stretched my hands towards a bunch (of its fruits) and had I taken it, you would have eaten from it as long as the world remains. I also saw the Hell-fire and I had never seen such a horrible sight. I saw that most of the inhabitants were women.” The people asked: “O Allah’s Apostle! Why is it so?” The Prophet said: “Because of their ungratefulness.” It was asked whether they are ungrateful to Allah. The Prophet said: “They are ungrateful to their companions of life and ungrateful to good deeds.” (Sahih Bukhari)”
What Wisdom exists within such a story? Like all Prophetic hadiths, it refers to our potential reading of its own constituent signs. It communicates through Time. For there is a reading of the story that displays ingratitude to the Companions of Life, and leads our Feminine aspect to manifest the Lilith: this is the reading of hatred to our sisters, our mothers, our wives and daughters. The reading of the Lilith, in the fire! And there is a reading of the story where Sophia is manifest, and a foretaste of the food of the new is present in the Bride: this is the reading of grateful reception, of full and dutiful reception to the Light. A comfortable reading, a reading of restfulness, a foretaste of the garden.
As we have said, the human being is divided into male and female aspects. Our psychology is giving and receiving, Father and Mother, Love and Law, Vision and Creativity. This hadith speaks to us all, physically male and female, because, while the world of the physical is not denied or transcended by Prophecy, the light of its constituent signs burns brighter than all the worlds, including that of the physical.
Our creative aspects are the women. The blank blackboard, the paper to be inscribed, the field, the earth: this is our Feminine aspect. Our anima. And through its sister, Judgement, we are able to negotiate a path. The path follows the sunnah, whereby the light of the Husband of Prophecy is received by our Feminine as Wife.
And then we ascend in Marriage.
The Feminine is the receptive aspect of our psyche. So Prophecy speaks to the women throughout this story: he speaks only to the women because there is, in fact, “nothing else” to our reality. In paradise, he stretched his hands out and would have given it to the people to eat: if the people understood the Food of paradise, they would gladly be its recipients for as long as the world remains. If the wheat was bountiful upon their field, if their earth was fertile, if they knew the Truth, if their Feminine realised Sophia, then they would journey upon the Gifted Body as if upon the New Body. But the Feminine does not know, and this Food is unobtainable upon the Gifted Body, though the Prophecy outstretches its hand.
But what happens when this goes wrong? When our blackboard and our paper does not receive the signs so as to make their light manifest? What is the cause of a barren field, of an earth without wheat? Such things result from turning away from the Light, into the darkness: this is the Lilith, Potiphar’s wife, the ungrateful, prostituted creativity.
In spiritual imbalance, is our feminine aspect’s ingratitude a result of direct ingratitude to the Beloved Maker? It is not direct ingratitude: because the Feminine is speech itself, and speech cannot turn away from something inexpressible. Speech can, however, turn away from the possibility of ascent that lies within its own construction: it can turn away from the light that lies within its own signs. It can turn away from its companions of life: from the Logic of Life. It can fail to prove the Theorem. It can turn away from good deeds. As we have said, deeds constitute the robe of days, and so turning away from deeds is to walk naked without hijab. All humans, physically men and women, their Feminine aspects astray and promiscuous!
Let it not be so. Though hellfire is populated through the Feminine, let the wives and what the right hand possess be true to their companions of life. Let us be balanced. Let sweetest Sakina descend upon the husband and wife, so that the Sophia of Light is restored at the entrance to our House. Beloved Maker, let it be thus for your lovers!