Islam and World Peace - Explanations of a Sufi
by M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
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affirm that there is only one God and have firm faith in Him....My religion is purity. To become freeand to become one family is Islam....’“Tell them, ‘I am in a group that brings all people together in unity. God said that when we go to Himwe must go as one. I belong to a group that unites everyone, so I belong to all the groups.’” (Why Can’tI See the Angels? pp. 73-74)Here in 2002, our situation has gotten very simple and urgent: If we hold to what divides us intodifferent religions, nations, and races, we will be encouraging the world itself to commit suicide. Readthis book then, as Rumi tells us to read: Feel the presence inside the language, the healing and thecompassion and the tremendous courtesy. Adab, courtesy and manners, is a deep quality in the Islamicand Sufi traditions. Francis of Assisi absorbed the Sufi gentleness. Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lamasuggest that it is time for us to become conscious of our anger and not to act from there. Only moresuffering comes from such discourtesy. We must sit down and talk with the great souls of otherlineages, find where we agree and develop understanding when we cannot agree. We must protect andnourish each human life. As Bawa Muhaiyaddeen instructed:“Make yourself aware, and by making yourself aware, you will make others aware. Don’t waste yourtime. We have very little time left! We must say this silently with every breath, Other than God thereis nothing.God alone exists. “In this way we are in unity with the eternal One.”Love is the way this sense of unity says its truth. Love for every life form on this fragile blue planet,and in the eighteen thousand universes (!) too, that Bawa Muhaiyaddeen referred to with such graceand tenderness and humor.Coleman Barks July 24, 2002
Foreword by Annemarie Schimmell
Among the great religions of the world, Islam is no doubt the one that is least known and leastappreciated by the non-Muslim world. The recent resurgence of military and militant groups insideIslam has caused a renewal of feelings and sentiments that have been harbored for centuries and a newspirit of crusade against the only major religion that appeared in history after Christianity. This hascaused many Western laymen and intellectuals to ask, "What do '
' have in mind now?" (Ahorrible form used by many instead of the correct term,
.)Real Islam is a deep and unquestioning trust in God, the realization of the truth that "There is no deitysave God" and of the threefold aspect of religious life: that of
, complete surrender to God;
,unquestioning faith in Him and His wisdom; and
, to do right and to act beautifully, because oneknows that God is always watching man's actions and thoughts. For fourteen hundred years the Muslimshave practiced these virtues, and the great mystics of Islam have taught them to millions of faithfulwho have survived the most difficult times, the greatest hardships because of their unshakable faith inthe loving kindness of God, the creator, sustainer and judge of everything created.Sufism, the mystical current inside Islam, developed logically out of the serious study of the Koran,according to Muslim belief the uncreated word of God, and of the constant direction of all facultiestoward God. The Sufi masters taught their disciples that their duty is the fulfillment of God's will, notout of a feeling of duty but rather out of love - for could there be anything greater than theunconditional love which man offers his Lord?