بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم
For contextualization of Verse 0, Chapter 01. And to have a better understanding of the First Letter “Ba” from بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم. I will share with you fictional, business, and mathematical excerpts which strike me and helped me to internalize the first letter “ب”.
Sufi mystics say the secret of the Quran lies in the verse Al-Fatiha, And the secret of Al-Fatiha lies in Bismillah(بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم), And the quintessence of Bismillah (بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم) is the letter “ba”, And there is a dot below that letter…The dot underneath the Ba embodies the entire universe.1
Affection is like a circle. The beauty of a circle is that from its every edge the center is visible. And when you have the visibility of the center, your focus is structured. One should remain in his circle. You know the circle from pre-historic times. I was explaining the importance of a circle to one of my friends. He replied, the world is heading towards modernization and you are dragging me towards pre-historic times. He smiled; Modernization will drag you towards worldly things. Worldly things are an illusion. Original is genuine and you know who is Original in this entire universe our Rub “Allah”2
Beauty of a Circle
When we think about the future , we hope for a future of progress . That progress can take one of two forms. Horizontal or extensive progress means copying things that work – going from 1 to n. Horizontal progress is easy to imagine because we already know what it looks like. Vertical or intensive progress means doing new thing – going from 0 to 1 . Vertical progress is harder to imagine because it require doing something nobody else has ever done.3
The zero power rule in mathematics states that any real number raised to the zero power equals 1 e.g. 20 = 1 . Comedian Steven wright once commented that black holes are where God divided by zero. So if you divide any real number with zero , your answer will be undefined. You can check profound explanation on Khan Academy
Sufi mystics encapsulate the entire universe in the dot underneath the word “Ba”, Fiction writer encircles the dot in a manner that led to us to an entirely different perceptive. Peter Andreas Thiel, German-American billionaire entrepreneur and venture capitalist is focused on Vertical or intensive progress which could only be achieved – going from 0 to 1. Mathematicians are not able to extrapolate the infinite possibilities of Zero.
My quest for rest of the words for بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم is an unending challenge . I concede the fact that I just able to elaborate the dot underneath of the word “Ba” and vastness of the dot underneath “Ba” is beyond my imagination . My inspiration is Steve Jobs famous commencement speech and his farewell message to Stanford graduates “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
1.Elif Shafak’s Book Forty Rules of Love.
2.Tariq Baloch Sehraei The Death of Enigma
3.Peter Theil Zero to One