The esma of Mani is one of the 99 Attributes of Allah. It is the esma that shows that Allah the Creator, in order to prevent His servants from falling to harm, will prevent them from things. Now we are going to do the tefekkür, the contemplative meditation. of this esma, Insha’Allah. And Insha’Allah after the tefekkür we are going to try to explain this esma with some symbols. Let us say it again:
Allah Mani, Allah Hu.
You know that tefekkür is one of the most valuable parts of the Islamic worship. Tefekkür is not thinking. You leave the esma that you have just received in the depths of your mind in a state of submission to Allah, trusting in Allah. With the energy that it creates there, the manifestation of that esma spreads throughout your whole body. If you try to do the tefekkür of an esma by thinking about it, other ideas and thoughts will come into that thought and some mistakes will be born through the influence of your nefs, your ego self. So thinking of absolutely nothing, you have to just establish that esma there and establish your rabita, your connection with Allah. Then the true energy, the Nur, the Divine Light, will come into being.
The esma of Mani of Allah is an esma that is born from Allah’s watchful and protective attributes so that His servant will not fall into harm and is prevented from doing so. Allah has created His servants with love and sent them to this world, but because people have forgotten Him, He is bringing the people back to the Path through these esmas, through these Names. Now, who is it who explained these esmas? All of the Prophets have opened up the existence of the esmas. But these esmas are working in every human being and they bring people toward goodness and beauty. If a person follows his nefs, his self, his soul, Allah will see that and will see that he is going to do harm with his nefs; immediately Allah’s esma of Mani will come into play and will distance him from that, because Allah has given us the nefs and with this nefs Allah is having His own work performed by us here in the world. But because He wishes this nefs to be worked in a beautiful manner, He has made these esmas as a gown to be worn on top of this nefs. But because people are not aware of this, because they live in heedlessness, they have certain desires and wishes, but not knowing if those desires and wishes are going to be a good blessing for them or not, they hurry so that it happens. And there Allah, through His esma of Mani, puts up obstacles so that it doesn’t happen. Because if it does come through as they wish it could be for their harm and so in order that that does not happen Allah creates such causes that prevent it from happening. If you think of it in this way, we are going to see how this Mani esma works in our day-to-day lives very much. For example, we read in the newspaper or hear in the news and sometimes we are also witness to the events ourselves.
I’ll give an example. A man is ready to get on a ship and go to wherever he is going to go. But he does not know what is going to happen with this ship. On his way to the ship an obstacle comes and he is late and he misses the boat. Time passes and he hears that in a storm this ship was turned over, capsized by a large wave and sunk. And so that Allah could protect this one there, He put into the workings the esma of Mani, the Preventor. You are going down the road, for example, and you are hurrying somewhere in your car, the traffic jams up, and you do not know why it is jammed. Maybe if you had passed by there ten minutes earlier something very bad was going to happen to you. Your going ten minutes later became the manifestation of the esma of Mani. So you went there ten minutes late but you did not see anything bad happen and you got there in a good way. We are giving these examples so we can all understand how the esma of Mani works, because Allah created the human being as beautiful and whatever He has written into his kader, his fate, only Allah can know. Even the angels do not know and He did not even allow the Prophets to know. So for the beauty and goodness of that servant, He creates always His own beautiful wishes.
Let me give another example. We are poor and dependent; we are like small children, so like a small child we go and we ask for a hundred thousand dollars from our father. Now, will our father give us this? What is a ten year-old child going to do with a hundred thousand dollars? He can do bad things and he can harm many things with this. And Allah’s servants are the same way. Allah knows the servants that He has created and because He knows what He is going to use where, He is not hasty in His judgment. He knows when to give and He creates the goodness and beauty of His servants. The esma of Mani of Allah is always working within us and with this esma He is making us more beautiful.
Now we all have nefs, but we do not know how to use this nefs and the things that this nefs creates as bad have taken command of our mind, have taken our mind as prisoner. And because our mind is working within that system, it is keeping us distant from what is good and beautiful. Allah created us lovingly and because He gave us all that is good and beautiful, with this esma of Mani He is keeping us back from those bad desires and He is holding us back from bad actions. In order for us to understand this well, we will see this in our day-to-day lives and we should see this in our day-to-day lives. That is why we should always be thankful for every state that we are in.