The word “Umai” is actually derived from two Sanskrit roots. One is “umat” (meaning “one’s”). The other root is “Aum” (which means “one life”). This root word, “Aum,” is also used in “umatawati,” which is part of a dictionary that translates “umat” to “life.” But “umat” and “Aum” have a more metaphorical meaning than just one life.
The dictionary definition of “umat” literally means “one life.” This is the literal meaning, but in Urdu, “umat” can also mean “spirit, mind, and soul,” or more literally, “life experience.” This is important to note because the concept of “umat” also has religious overtones. For example, some Urdu spiritualists believe that the soul of an individual lives in a “umatawati,” a small world or place where the soul is given the instruction to carry on the life it was born for.
The term “umat” can also mean “spirit, life,” or simply, “one’s individuality.” It is from this root word that “umat” means the “spiritual realm.” The word “umat” also comes from the Arabic root words: “umat” means “a dwelling place,” and “watna” means “world.” These roots, combined with the belief that the soul of a person lives in a “umatawati,” makes “umat” synonymous with the spiritual world. Many believers in Islam believe the Ka’ba in Mecca is the dwelling place of the spirit world.
The literal meaning of the word ” Umai “is” “life”; as in “the life of God.” But when Christians say “umaai” they mean “life”; when Hindus say “umat” they mean “spiritual guidance.” Some Muslims use “umat” to mean “life experience.” However, most commonly, when people use “umaai” or “umatawati,” they are referring to the spiritual reality that is experienced during daily life.
Muslims believe the Ka’ba is the dwelling place of Allah; they also believe it is the center of the earth. People who visit the Ka’ba are cleansed from sin; they attain perfection. This is done by facing one’s fears and overcoming them. Because of this perfection, this life is considered a preparation for the next life, which is the afterlife.
The Kaaba is the dwelling of the spirit and therefore, everyone will spend at least some time in it. People also believe that when they pray, their souls go to the Ka’ba and face their Master there. At the moment of prayer, the Ka’ba fills with light and the soul takes on a higher vibration. (The spirits of those who have passed away are said to dwell in the “kaaba,” so to speak.)
When people come to the age of accountability, they are said to enter the highest level of awareness in the body, or “rahma.” At the highest level ofrahma, known as nadiangnagar, they are capable of facing their past actions and determining what they want to do now. From that point on, they begin consciously deciding on how they want to live their lives. (That’s when they get known as “saints.”) Once the soul begins its journey back to the umma, it realizes that it must face its current circumstances and decide what it wants to do differently from what was formerly thought of.
The traditional Muslim method of umuhais revolves around performing seven duties, which are then woven together to form a narrative of the relationship between the believer and God. The person is considered to be a muhiyd (good) person if he practices what is written in the sharia. If he doesn’t comply, he is considered to be an infidel and is punished accordingly. This punishment is meant to teach the people the true meaning of Islam and that there is only one supreme leader (God) and that they can follow him.