Contemplation of the Personal Name of Allah
(Tasawur-e-Ism-e-Allah-Zaat)

In addition to invocation (Zikr) with breathing, contemplation of the Personal Name of Allah ( ). (Tasawur-e-Ism-e-Allah-Zaat) is also necessary for complete recognition (Pehchan) and Gnosis (Marifat) of Allah. Eyes and the power of sight are the best source of recognizing anything. Other senses cannot give complete knowledge about things but we can identify anything with the help of our sense of sight, so the contemplation Tasawur of the Name of Allah with sight and invocation (Zikr) by inhale and exhale of breathing (Pass-Infass) are the best and the most supreme source of having blessed by the resplendent Vision (Deedar) of Allah and His Recognition (Pehchan). In the Holy Qur'an Allah has ordered to contemplate Tasawur his name ( ) as well in addition to its invocation (Zikr):

Meaning: Invoke your Allah's Personal Name continuously and turn your attention completely to Him breaking away from everyone else. (Al-Muzammil-8)
The first part of this verse refers to invocation (Zikr) and the second part refers to contemplation Tasawur. "Turn your attention to Him, breaking away from everyone else" means to get your mind and heart free from the thoughts of all the others and concentrate completely on the Name of Allah. Only this name should be in heart, mind, soul, breath and in vision also. This is what is meant by contemplation Tasawur. By carving the Personal Name of Allah on our inner soul through meditation, it leaves its impressions on our inner being and influences it with its great powers, hence giving life to the soul. As a result, the internal eye of the soul is opened which has the power of sight (Baseerat) enlightened by the resplendent light of Allah. This powerful enlightened sight (Baseerat) gives soul the glorious Vision of Allah (Deedar-e-Elahi) and helps in His Recognition (Pehchan).
Invocation (Zikr) and contemplation Tasawur are interrelated. They cannot be separated. Our brain always keeps thinking. It can't be laid to rest. This thinking is an example of invocation (Zikr) and whatever we are thinking its picture flashes before our eyes. If we are thinking of our family their faces come before our eyes and if it's our house then its picture comes in our mind; this is contemplation Tasawur. This series of invocation (Zikr) and contemplation Tasawur always continue. That is why our attachment and love with worldly relations and things become stronger. In short, this relation and attachment are invocation (Zikr) and contemplation Tasawur. The mystics and sufi saints divert this worldly invocation (Zikr) and contemplation Tasawur towards spirituality in order to build strong relation with Allah through invocation (Zikr) and contemplation Tasawur of His Personal Name (Zikr and Tasawur-e-Ism-e-Allah Zaat). If we change the direction of invocation (Zikr) and contemplation Tasawur from material to spiritual aspect, our relation and love for Allah will strengthen. Just as a diamond cuts a diamond and water logged crop is replenished by water only, similarly it is the invocation (Zikr) that overcomes invocation (Zikr) and it's the contemplation Tasawur that overcomes contemplation Tasawur. Only one needs to divert the direction. If we invoke (Zikr) and contemplate (Tasawur) the Personal Name of Allah (Zikr and Tasawur-e-Ism-e-Allah Zaat) rather than the transitory worldly relations and objects by breaking away with their attachment, we start loving Allah extremely and then appears the entrusted Divine Self from within us.
Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh explains the effects of the exercise of contemplation of the Personal Name of Allah on the inner being of a person, he says:
  • By the contemplation of the Personal Name of Allah, the soul is revived and revitalized just as a dry and barren land becomes alive by the rain. (Shams-ul-Arifeen)
  • By the contemplation of the Personal Name of Allah a seeker of closeness of Allah can reach spiritually beyond the boundaries of time and space in the eternal world and can have the glorious Vision of Allah with his inner spiritual eyes. When he is blessed by Allah's splendid Vision, he becomes disgusted by the short lived and fruitless pleasures of both the worlds (as he has got the prefect pleasure of closeness to Allah). Then he always sees Allah everywhere, hears directly from His magnificent Self and finds Allah's Self completely within himself. (Noor-ul-Huda Kalan)
  • Every lock has a key and the key to person's esoteric self (Batin) is the contemplation of the Personal Name of Allah (Tasawur-e-Ism-e-Allah Zaat). One who wants to get access to the treasure of his righteous, virtuous soul can do this through the contemplation of the Personal Name of 'Allah'. (Noor-ul-Huda Kalan)