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  • Chanting Om In Meditation

    Posted by Sameer Namole on February 27, 2023 at 5:46 am

    We know meditation is a great tool that can be used to many purposes in life. As Ghamidi sahab says one of the tragedies happened to this field of knowledge that it couldn’t remain secular. People started intermingling it with religion and thus creating whole branches of new mystical religions.

    Beside from this, as far as this knowledge is considered, and if it’s used in right way without changing it’s course, essence and direction, it can be helpful in day to day life.

    One of the things that is common in many meditation techniques is chanting of the word ‘Om’

    Though it is said to be a religious (and often mistaken as a polytheistic word) as far as I’ve read it has no polytheistic meaning whatsoever.

    – om, in Hinduism and other religions chiefly of India, a sacred syllable that is considered to be the greatest of all the mantras, or sacred formulas.

    – is considered to possess mystical or spiritual efficacy. Various mantras are either spoken aloud or merely sounded internally in one’s thoughts, and they are either repeated continuously for some time or just sounded once. Most mantras are without any apparent verbal meaning, but they are thought to have a profound underlying significance and are in effect distillations of spiritual wisdom.

    Thus, repetition of or meditation on a particular mantra can induce a trancelike state in the participant and can lead him to a higher level of spiritual awareness.

    So if this word or anything else for that matter, is tried and tested to produce great results in a field of knowledge, do you think Islam stops us from doing it. As per my understanding there’s no shirk or immoral thing involved in it. So if somebody wants to chant it during regular daily mediations etc, can he do so?

    Thank you in advance.

    Umer replied 3 weeks, 5 days ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Chanting Om In Meditation

    Umer updated 3 weeks, 5 days ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
  • Dr. Irfan Shahzad

    Scholar February 27, 2023 at 9:58 pm

    As far as I know of it, it is somewhat ceremonial like Tasmia (Bismiallah) in Islam. Such mantras or chanting are symbols of religion, not a secular thing. And we are prohibited to use or adopt symbols of other religions.

  • Umer

    Moderator March 6, 2023 at 2:35 am

    There is a research based article by Mr. Mushafiq Sultan, an Al-Mawrid Scholar on the origin of Word ‘Om‘. Its usage seems to be simlar to the word آمین (Aameen) that we use in Arabic. There seems no polytheistic association with this word but it is a matter of continued research, and one can form their opinion on the basis of research they deem more credible.

    اوم، آمین، من اور ایمان ــــــ ایک علمی جائزہ

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