It is a significant honour to address the theme of Gestalt, of freedom, in the work of Ernst Jünger here in Euskalherria. The continuing struggle of the Basque nation for independence raises vital issues for all mankind in our time: issues which Jünger, in his long life, has never ceased to examine and illuminate. Here, it is not an academic matter, but a matter of life and death – if a methodology fails to result in the desired goal, it is the methodology that should be scrapped, and not the goal. Continue reading 'Ernst Jünger Symposium – Bilbao 1989 – Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi'»
Category: Where do we go from here?
An essay on Ernst Jünger’s concept of the sovereign individual
by Abdalbarr Braun
Ernst Jünger says in his acceptance speech for the prestigious Goethe prize in 1982, “I’ve had the experience that one meets the best comrades in no-man’s-land. I’ve always been pleased with my troops (Mannschaft) in war and my readership in peace. A hand that holds a weapon with honor, holds a pen with honor. It is stronger than any atom bomb, or any rotary press.” With these words Jünger bestows an honour on us, his readership. He equates us with his comrades-in-arms in times of peace, but is it a wonder after all? If you are a reader of Ernst Jünger, you must be in either one of two camps, those who consider his opus with genuine admiration or the detractors, those sceptics, “whose contribution does not equal to one blade of grass, one mosquito wing”. Continue reading 'WARRIOR, WALDGAENGER, ANARCH'»
A review by Dr. Ojembarrena – Former professor of Literature, University of Bilbao
Subtitled “on the politics of power,” this study in power provides a radical, exacting and unique visionary analysis of the present world-wide version of reality which allows the ruling elite to govern by processes which increase their exorbitant wealth, and at the same time systematically devastate Earth’s eco-system, subjecting the largest part of the world’s population to poverty and domination. Continue reading 'THE TIME OF THE BEDOUIN on the politics of power – Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi'»
It is sometimes puzzling to see apparently educated Westerners and others criticising the Qur’ān for being ‘incoherent’ or lacking a logical structure. Such people would be embarrassed to make such a criticism of Ezra Pound, James Joyce or T. S. Eliot, for example, upon whose work the entirety of modern literature is built. So criticism of the Qur’ān in this respect is to admit to a certain kind of philistine illiteracy. What is interesting to reflect on is how something which came into our reality 1400 years ago should have so much surpassed, even in something relatively insignificant as its literary form, the most modern of the modern and post-modern literary forms, just as it surpassed the greatest of the pre-Islamic poets, reducing an entire generation to mute astonishment. For those who have heard it in Arabic, it is clear that it contains rhythms and rhymes that are so far removed from poetry as we know it, as to leave all those genres behind it exhausted.
Then reflect on the fact that within this structure, the Qur’ān paints a picture of the workings of reality both in its seen and unseen aspects to the extent of even giving the reader the key to history, that it lays out the core of a non-statist law for the human race far removed from the totalitarian views of the shari‘ah that some even of its adherents have, let alone its opponents, that it tells a variety of stories about the human situation seen from all sorts of aspects, and that it delineates a clear spiritual path for the reader intent on coming to know and draw near to his own reality. Its particularly unique quality is that the reader whose heart is not completely rusted over knows without doubt that he personally has been addressed.
Many things have been written about the miracle of the Qur’an, about the extraordinary nature of its syntax, the beauty of its sound when recited, the wisdom of its contents including its exposition of the unitary nature of the Divine, the laws governing reality and the laws governing sanity, and the wisdom stories with which it is replete.
But I want to talk about only one thing: that the Qur’an is today revelation. And because I have talked and written about that before, rather than reiterate it I would prefer to approach it in another way. How do we have access to this revelation that is the Qur’an? Are there some special exercises or spiritual training that are needed in order to be open to this revelation? Are its secrets arcane and transmitted only among an élite brotherhood who have been admitted to them?
The answer is that the key to it is ‘listening’ and nothing else. Allah, Exalted is He, Himself tells us the secrets openly in the Qur’an, but only if we listen. But this listening is not just the listening that one takes to a symphony or a string quartet, even though that is a highly developed form of listening. Rather, one listens with a particular knowledge and intention. You listen knowing that your Lord is speaking to you. When He says, “O you who believe…” then you say to yourself, “That is me. My Lord is talking to me.” Indeed, in other passages where Allah, Exalted is He, addresses a single person such as, “Did you not see how your Lord dealt with the people of the elephant?” you take it that you are being addressed, unless it is clear that it is the Prophet, peace be upon him, who is being addressed or someone else. And you can only listen in that way if you listen to it prepared to do what Allah tells you to do. That is the other half of the equation. If you want Allah to tell you the secrets of existence, you must listen also to what He tells you to do.
Then you will find that Allah is indeed speaking directly to you, even though you are not a prophet or a messenger or one of the great Muslims. And that is the miracle of the Qur’an. Allah speaks to you through the Qur’an just as He spoke to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and to his Companions and to the countless generations of right-acting men and women throughout the ages, men and women who were Arabs, Indonesians, Africans, Berbers, Turks, Kazakhs and Chinese. And now Allah is speaking to Germans, Italians, Amerindians, Spaniards, Americans, Englishmen, Scots and Irish and a whole host more.
We have, like the naughty child, taken hold of the thread and tugged on it and the garment has begun to unravel, the carefully knit garment of science, or, like the boy on the seashore, we have pulled on one piece of seaweed and out of the water a mass and a great tangle of seaweed has risen to the surface.
Foolish people, semi-educated journalists and pundits, say that his only miracle, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was the Qur’an. But if we were to try and count his miracles, we would soon grow tired. To approach this matter we must deal with another issue first: the question of how we know these things. Continue reading 'The Parting of the Ways – Part 2 – In for a penny, in for a pound – Abdassamad Clarke'»
“And the incorruptible Professor walked, too, averting his eyes from the odious multitude of mankind. He had no future. He disdained it. He was a force. His thoughts caressed the images of ruin and destruction. He walked frail, insignificant, shabby, miserable and terrible in the simplicity of his idea calling madness and despair to the regeneration of the world. Nobody looked at him. He passed on unsuspected and deadly, like a pest in the street full of men.” Joseph Conrad – The Secret Agent
Against the background of a geo-political situation that has been lurching out of control for some years and a financial system that has suffered fantastic reverses that are widely anticipated to be eclipsed by what is to come, a number of events have been unfolding. We are living in a time when history appears to be accelerating towards its destination. Wars, natural disasters, industrial catastrophes, mass murders, public scandals, financial crises, terrorist attacks, popular uprisings, assassinations… the kind of momentous occurrences that used to define an epoch, a decade or a year, now visit us on a weekly, or almost daily, basis. We have chosen five apparently disparate, but equally emblematic, events that have converged upon us in little more than a single week, each of which warns us in different ways of a dark nihilism that is rapidly engulfing everything we have come to regard as our culture and civilisation. Continue reading 'A World Out of Balance – Uthman Ibrahim-Morrison and Abdassamad Clarke'»