Spiritual Chapter 01 - "The True Meaning of Islam"
From: Spiritual Book 06 -
"The Truth and Unity of Man, Letters In Response To a Crisis",
Author: M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (may God be pleased with Him)
Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim. In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate. Al-salam 'alaykum wa-rahmat Allah wa-barakatuhu kulluhu. May all the peace, the beneficence, and the blessing of God be upon us all. May God help us all.
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Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim. In the name of God, the Most Merciful and the Most Compassionate. Al-hamdu lillah. May all praise be for God alone. Tawakul Allah. May we give the entire responsibility for our lives to that One God who is limitless grace and incomparable love.
Al-salam 'alaykum wa-rahmat Allah wa-barakatuhu kulluhu. May all the peace, the beneficence, and the blessing of God be upon all of us. May God fill the lives of all who may read this message.
To all who say they believe in God, please realize with your faith that God hears every word you say. God hears your every thought. Realizing this, speak only what is truth and act only with God's qualities of love, compassion, justice, patience, and the realization that each life is as important as your own.
This is the true message within the Qur'an. The Qur'an does not cause divisions among God's children. It exists to bring about brotherhood and unity.
The Qur'an soothes those who weep in sorrow, and gives comfort to those who suffer. To those who may be poor, it explains the bounteous wealth of God. It inspires faith in those who may not have believed in God, and helps them reach a state of reverence for God.
Do not wave the words of the Qur'an as though they were a banner you were going to carry into battle. Do not say,
"The Qur'an says this, and the Qur'an says that",
Without truly understanding the inner wisdom of God's qualities within your own life.
If one has Iman (absolute, complete, unshakable faith, certitude, and determination that God alone exists; the complete acceptance of the heart that God is One), he will see the seed of that purity that is Islam within everything.
He will see the power of Allah in every creation. Therefore, he will not discriminate against another creation or discard him.
Anyone who has the purity of Islam and that true Iman within his heart (the state known as Iman-Islam) cannot hurt the heart of another in any manner. Instead, he will have the patience of God (sabur) in dealing with others; he will use his gratitude to God (shukur) as the strength with which to comfort others; his praise for God (Al-hamdu lillah) will be the wealth he will share with others; and his total trust in God (tawwakul Allah) will be his own wealth, contentment, and security.
He will consider anything that does not exist as the quality of God (known in Islam as Allah's 99 names or powers) as forbidden (haram), or evil. Only that which exists within these qualities is permissible (halal), or good.
These attributes of the grace of God are the law of the Qur'an. These divine attributes are the law within the heart of one who has true Iman, and is truly Islam.
The capture of other lives and attacks against other countries is not the law (of the Qur'an).
The Rasulullah (Muhammad, the Messenger of God, Sal.) did not try to keep anything other than God. From the time of his appearance until the time he departed, the only wealth the Rasulullah (Sal.) displayed, and the only power he showed, was the wealth and power of God's qualities of compassion and grace.
Children of any religion who have true faith must realize that God is the only One who knows all of everything. Therefore, only God can judge whether a person has Iman
(true faith) or not, and whether a person lives with that purity (of heart) that can be called Islam or not. No one else can give that judgment.
Do not wave your religion like a banner and go out to capture others. Only one kind of war is permissible in the eyes of God: the war you wage within yourself to defeat the demonic forces of lust, anger, jealousy, desire for revenge, and other evil feelings and attributes that may exist within your heart.
God has sent each of the prophets as witnesses to the grace of God (to the Qutbiyyat of God), and as supports to help us in this inner war (jihad). This is the reason for the Qur'an. It is to help the true Muslim fight this inner battle, and to win victory over his own nafs (evil desires) that God sent the Messenger (Sal.) and the Qur'an.
We must use the wisdom contained within the Qur'an (the Nur Muhammad) to spank our own naughty minds and defeat our own compulsive desires. If we do that, what is called Islam will taste like honey.
What we do now by battling in the world and calling it Islam tastes bitter and covers the light of the Qur'an (covers the Nur Muhammad or wisdom within the Qur'an) in darkness.
The light of Islam (the Nur Muhammad) should reveal the essence of God (the Dhat of God) in every life. If we see that essence, then we will live in unity; we will eat from the same plate; we will live as one family whether some are in a church, some are in a mosque, or some are in their homes.
The beggar and the king will be able to pray together. We will discover our own faults, discard our own anger, and embrace one another with love. That is what the Qur'an says.
That is why we cannot tell lies, indulge in treachery, or threaten to kill other lives, and claim that it is being done in the name of Islam.
Islam teaches that we must recognize and praise the essence of God (the Dhat of God) as it exists in each and ever life.
Consider this explanation of the truth that is in the Qur'an:
If you take a tiny atom and split it into 10 million particles, and take one of these particles and examine it with that true wisdom found within Islam, you will see within that tiny particle 99 particles revolving around one another without touching.
(Note: the 99 are the qualities of God's grace within us, the Asma' al-husna, the form or sifat of the Dhat of God within us, the manifestation of His essence within us, that has been hidden by God within each of us, within the Holy Qur'an within each of us)
If you take one of these 99 particles and split it into 5 million particles and examine one of these pieces with that wisdom, again you will see 99 - 99 revolving around one another without touching.
And if you take one of those particles and split it into one million pieces and examine one piece, again you will see the same 99 particles revolving around one another. If you take one of these and split it into 500,000 pieces, and take one of those particles and split it into 250,000 pieces, and take one of those and split it into 100,000 pieces, and then one of those into 10,000 pieces, and one of those into another 1,000 pieces, and if your take one of those infinitesimal particles and look within it with that wisdom, you will see 99: His 99 wilayats, or divine powers.
Every particle of every atom contains the power of Allah, the divine power of God. We who are Islam must realize this. If we reflect on this, anyone who calls himself Islam will never harm anyone. He will not wreak revenge. He will not be treacherous toward anyone.
Islam must realize this. Everyone who has faith in God must realize this.
All children of God, leave behind all lustful desires, and come to the plentitude of firm faith in God (Iman). Give up anger, and come to the house of patience (sabur). Give up the tendency toward vengeance and treachery and come into the house of contentment with God's wealth of grace (shakur). Give up the hell caused by your attachment to the world, and come into the love of God that is His grace (the house of wisdom, of the Qutbiyyat of God).
Only when you incorporate His 99 compassionate powers, as the basis for your actions, and as the law for your life, can you discover even one atom - one tiny particle - of God's mercy and compassion.
Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim. In the name of God, the Most Merciful and Most Compassionate. Al-hamdu lillah. May all praise and praising be to God alone. And may we have His peace in our hearts. Amen.
Signed: M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (may God be pleased with Him)
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